While we often hear the term “freezing to death” as a form of exaggeration, that was actually a reality for a poor feline who literally nearly froze to death because of the frightful weather outside. Alison Baker, a woman from Denver, Colorado, had gotten a frantic phone call from a friend last week, telling her that she had found a cat that was practically buried in snow and was unsure if the poor feline would survive. Baker tells the local news that she was convinced that the kitten would have been dead upon arriving at her place.
When the frozen kitten arrived, they put the cat on a heating pad and wrapped it up in blankets to warm its body up. The kitten had a severe case of hypothermia, unsurprisingly, so they took it to the Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter. Right away, the group started working on the female feline, who was deemed unresponsive at first. Still, the persistent staff ended up wasting no time at all, once they saw how serious the situation was.
“[They] fortunately did the right thing by bringing her to us, and it ultimately saved her life,” Megan Rees, who is a part of the Dumb Friends League.
“Our health care staff immediately placed her in a bed of heating pads and warming blankets, we put warming ‘booties’ on her paws and used a hair dryer to raise her body temperature,” she continued. “We also administered warm IV fluids.”
The staff ended up calling the kitten “Elsa,” based on the character in Disney’s hit animated movie, Frozen. Thankfully, little Elsa made it through, thanks to the swift actions of Baker and her friend as well as being in good hands with the staff at Dumb Friends League. It took about an hour and a half for the kitten’s body to get back to a normal healthy state. It started slowly but gradually she got where she needed to be with much assistance. Just like a Disney movie, Elsa has found her happy ending, not only keeping her life but she also has found a foster home and according to the shelter, she’ll be ready for adoption in a couple of weeks.
While Elsa is currently doing well, her experience is a big reminder that with temperatures dipping to seasonably chilly lows, it is important to keep your pets indoors where it is warm.
“Cats should be kept indoors, especially during the winter, for their own safety and well-being,” Rees says. “It’s important to keep in mind that our pets are affected by the cold weather too, so it’s a good time to brush up on cold weather safety tips.”
(Photo Source: Dumb Friends League)