This week Carol shares the miraculous story of her cat, ‘Frosty the Frozen Kitten’– who defied the odds and survived being frozen solid.
How old is Frosty and where was she adopted from?
Frosty is approximately 7 months old, she was found frozen nearly solid on 30 December, 2013 inside my friend James’ grandfather’s barn.
What’s Frosty background?
When my friend James brought me this little orange kitty (who we later named Frosty) she was frozen in a “C” shape. She appeared to be frozen solid, you could knock on her and it was like knocking on cement. But when I took this tiny kitten she gave a faint “meow”.
I stuffed her down my shirt and began rubbing gently while preparing some heating buttons, bedding etc to start to slowly thaw her. Amazingly she survived the night, and the following few days although she was nothing but skin and bone and barely had the strength to hold her head up. Then she started to have difficulty breathing.
The Vet informed us that she had pneumonia, frost bite on her ears and feet, a secondary respiratory infection, nerve and muscle damage, and blindness in one eye. Frosty spent 15 days in the neonate ICU ward in an oxygen incubator, during this time she also tested positive for stronglisis parasite – which is rare where we live. Once this diagnosis was made and we started treatment things slowly started to turn around for Frosty and she was released to us with a bronchialdiolater, lots of medication and a schedule of follow up vet appointments.
Frosty is still on her bronchialdiolater to date and has flare ups as she grows as her medication needs to be adjusted. She did end up losing about 2 inches of her tail to frost bite. She can’t walk in a straight line, but she can walk unaided and run and play like a typical kitten. Her eyes have also healed and she can see.
What made you fall in love with Frosty and adopt her?
Frosty and I are bonded. She looked into my eyes that night and they said ‘please help me’. I heard her. She has a strong will to live and is a very determined kitten.
What’s Frosty’s favourite treat or food?
Frosty’s favorite treat is blue buffalo treats. She did have trouble with food, but we switched to a grain free diet which she has a much easier time processing and digesting.
What’s your favourite activity together?
For the first few weeks after Frosty came home she had no idea what toys were or how to play, but that soon changed. Our favorite game is Mousie. I will take the mouse and finger fling it across the room. Frosty will take off after it, and then bring it back so we can start all over again.
What makes Frosty the Frozen Kitten extra special?
Frosty is extra special because she defied all odds. Many felt that she should have been euthanased. I felt differently! Frosty is full of love and lives life to its fullest every day.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about Frosty?
Frosty has a hard time regulating her own body temperature. She wears sweaters or some sort of clothing to help her keep warm and she also has a heated kitty bed. Because she was almost frozen to death she feels the cold faster than other animals. Wearing sweaters and clothing is a source of comfort, similar to a ‘thundercoat’. She is quite comfortable in her sweaters. If she does not want it on, she takes it off. If I think she might need it, but I’m wrong she won’t allow it on – she’ll push me away with her paw. If she’s not wearing anything and she becomes chilled or stressed/anxious I’ll often find her in her heated kitty bed. Usually then I’ll offer her something to wear and it’s never pushed away.
Animals teach us a lot. What can we learn from Frosty?
We need to remember that just because animals have fur coats they are not immune to the cold temperatures. We can all help by providing, shelter, food and water for outside animals, including feral and stray cats, and barn cats and dogs.
Carol believes that Frosty is a happy kitten today because of all the love and support she received from around the world when she needed it most. There is strength and power in prayer. Thank you to everyone who has supported Frosty.
Thanks to Carol and Frosty for sharing their story. To learn more about Frosty the Frozen Kitten or to donate to Frosty’s ongoing medical costs, please visit their Facebook Page.