Frost (Frosty and The Frost as nicknames) is one of my favorite cats that we have ever taken in at the cat rescue during our one and 1/2 years of operation. I am a sucker for blue eyed cats in the first place so it is not hard for him to become my favorite. The most unique and charming part of this cat is that he has a bobtail. He was always brimming with personality and happiness which he would show by kneading and meowing at you when you talked to him even when he was in tremendous pain. Frost was the definition of a hot mess and a train wreck when he came in because of his health conditions that were later discovered. The video below is of his first week here.
Frost was found about 25 miles away from our rescue by a friend of our co-director. Frost had lived outside in double digit negative degree weather for a few months which he made it through because the children of this friend would give him shelter, blankets and love. They could not take in the cat because they had a few other cats already. It was when she learned that we were doing cat rescue that she offered to bring him over to us and have him vetted. That year was one of the most brutal winters we had seen in a very long time so I am surprised that he survived out there. Frost was a fighter for sure and we saw to it that he would get the second chance that he deserved.
Frost was taken directly to the veterinarian because he started vomiting blood and had bloody diarrhea. He had been a tom cat for a long time which was made obvious by the amount of battle scars he had accumulated and the size of his jowls. His jowls were so big that I thought he had an infection in his cheeks. Frost was very lethargic, walking funny and he had ear mites along with upper respiratory infection that caused him to sneeze blood along with the vomit and diarrhea. The veterinarian took a radiograph and found out that he had a broken femoral head which was causing him immense pain every time he took a step.
Frost had a femoral head removal surgery and was hospitalized for about one week with intravenous fluids and a cocktail of drugs to stop the diarrhea and vomiting. Our orthopedic veterinarian said that it was the hardest femoral head surgery he ever had to do because it was in so many pieces. Frost was diagnosed with round worms, hook worms, tape worms and coccidia which is a protozoan parasite when they did a full blood and diarrhea profile. This and stress was causing his health to decline. There was almost no issue that Frost did not have.
Frost lived at the rescue for about 6 months and often spent time with the orphan kittens which he loved more than anything. He almost took pride in mothering the orphan kittens who had no mother cat to turn to which was very encouraging. Frost was diagnosed with renal insufficiency right before he found a home which means he just needs to drink more water because he has trouble removing waste and balancing fluids. And of course he would use the box much more often.
The veterinarian stated that he thinks that Frost can still live another 6 years because he is a very happy and healthy cat despite everything that he had been forced to endure through his very rough life. The renal insufficiency is very mild and just started so we caught that early. He refuses to eat prescription food so he gets canned in addition to his regular meals. It is time for him to just relax and enjoy his freedom instead of having to worry about dying outside where it is freezing cold or in intense heat. Now he can watch the birds through the copious amount of windows, eat some cat grass and catnip along with indulge in some delicious canned food. This is what our rescue tries to make possible for as many cats in our community as possible.