It has been downright cold in most places in the United States these past couple of weeks. I’m originally from sunny Southern California, and moving to San Francisco was a shock to my system, so I can’t even begin to imagine what the rest of y’all are dealing with. After reading what some of my friends have been going through, I vow to never complain about the weather ever again.
Sadly, one of the more quiet causalities of frigid temperatures are our animal friends, thanks to people who are either ignorant or just don’t care that animals are not immune to cold. Yes, cats and dogs have cozy fur coats — and some seem to even enjoy cold weather — but just like us, prolonged and unprotected exposure to the cold can result in injury and death. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dangerous myths out there regarding pets’ fur coats, and that ignorance has already started to claim victims.
Frosty the kitten was almost among them.
Younger than 10 weeks old, Frosty was found nearly frozen to death on a farm in Wisconsin in early December. Her icy body was rushed to the vet, where they immediately began emergency procedures to care for the kitten, who was severely underweight, malnourished, and dehydrated. Though she’s only a kitten, Frosty has been to death’s doorstep more than once, her health crashing even as she was being discharged from the vet. An x-ray revealed that her lungs were full of infection.
Frosty seems to be doing better now, but there may be a couple more nights fraught with anxiety before Frosty is completely healthy.
To check up on Frosty’s progress and see how you can help her out, check out her Facebook page, where all her photos are from. Tell her Catster sent you, and please continue to bring awareness to the importance of looking after our pets as we would ourselves in all weather conditions.
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