If there’s anything worse than losing your cat, it’s losing your cat just after you’ve moved to a new home, during a snowstorm.
In early December, just days after Annie the Cat’s family had moved to their new home in Norfolk, Massachusetts, 13-year-old Annie disappeared. They put up missing cat fliers and contacted Animal Control. But after several weeks of frantic searching, the family lost hope they’d ever see the grey tuxie again.
Until this week.
On Tuesday, Annie’s mom, Alison, read a newspaper article in The Sun Chronicle about a frozen, emaciated cat matching Annie’s description who was found comatose in a snow bank. The article described the successful efforts of the veterinary staff to revive Annie. She contacted Norfolk Animal Control Officer Hilary Cohen and discovered that the cat who was found was in fact, Annie.
Or a skeletal shadow of Annie’s former self.
Basically, when I picked her up, she had no signs of life. She was stiff, she was unconscious, cold to the touch and not responding to anything, said Hilary Cohen, a Norfolk Animal Control officer.
Annie weighed only 3-1/4 pounds and had a temperature of just 86 degrees (well below the normal 101) when she was found.
I realized driving down the road that her whiskers started twitching, and I realized we needed to work on this cat right away, said Cohen.
After a few hours of heat therapy, IV fluids, blood sugar monitoring and steroids, Annie emerged from her coma. Her recovery has been nothing short of miraculous.
She had a strong heart and a strong will to live that was just incredible, said Alison.
Animal Control officers say if Annie had been out in the cold any longer, she may not have survived.
[LINKS: WHDH.com; SunChronicle.com]