SALT LAKE CITY — Curiosity didn’t kill the cat this time.
What happened: A Kalispell, Montana, couple came home early on Jan. 31, to find that their cat Fluffy had been frozen into a packed snowbank, according to The Associated Press.
- Fluffy was found crouched down as if she was hunting. Ice matted her fur from head to tail, Dr. Jevon Clark of the Animal Clinic of Kalispell told the AP.
- Veterinarians who treated Fluffy said the cat was unresponsive and her body temperature didn’t register on the clinic’s thermometers. Fluffy’s temperature was under 90 degrees, according to USA Today. Cats typically have a temperature between 99.5-102.5 degrees, according to PetMD.
- The low temperature in nearby Whitefish, Montana, was 8 degrees Fahrenheit and they’d received about 16 inches of snow for the month, according to ABC News.
How she survived: Veterinarians in Kalispell used towels, cage warmers and intravenous fluids to attempt to save Fluffy, according to AP News.
- After about two hours of warming Fluffy and picking ice from her fur, the cat’s temperature was still registering too low and she was taken to the emergency room for treatment, according to ABC News.
- Clark said Fluffy is normally a crabby cat, and when she growled at veterinarians about an hour into treatment, he knew she’d be fine.
- “These crabby cats are survivors,” Clark said.
Fluffy was discharged to her owners the same night she was taken in for care. According to the AP News, she appears to be back to normal this week.
Fluffy, 3, has always lived outdoors, Clark told the AP News.
The owners, who did not wish to be identified, did nothing wrong, Clark said. Instead, he suspects Fluffy had something traumatic happen to her, like being injured, chased or taking a fall that resulted in her being stuck in the bank.
According to Clark, Fluffy’s owners plan on keeping her inside from now on.