This is the story of Nativity Grace, a kitten abandoned in a store parking lot in 10-degree Fahrenheit temperature. I realize this is a long article, but PLEASE take the time to read how Marleen Jenkins and Janelle Scere handled their first non-shelter rescue of 2018. Both are ‘cat champions’ at Cabarrus County Animal Shelter in Concord, North Carolina.
The cat advocacy community was notified and her first report by Marleen and Janelle stated
“Sadly she has frostbite on all four feet, her ears, and her nose. The good news is it hurts so the tissue in her feet must still be alive. Not sure about her nose and ears. Her ears are patchy white and her nose is swelling and skin peeling off. There is a little black around her nails on her toes but it does hurt so she has feeling! She is totally tame purring up a storm but sometimes cry’s out in pain!”
The procedure below is how Nativity Grace was “thawed out” as described on her YouCaring page.
“This is very important for us to know this not only for cats and dogs but for humans who may have had a dangerous overexposure to the extreme cold! You must do is warm up SLOW use warm dry towels, no hot water, DO NOT BATH you could push them into shock, do not rub the affected areas. (I just touched her nose and a piece came off)! Right after she started to warm up and blood was going to her feet, nose, and ears that when the swelling started and it is very painful!
And as far as feeding they must warm up some first, you have to raise their core body temperature. I gave her her small amounts of warm water and food a little at a time! She finally urinated after 24 hours so it looks like her kidneys are functioning. She pooped a lot of very dehydrated poop, I had given her some mineral oil because her tummy was distended and you could feel impaction. Her feet were very painful yesterday especially when the blood started to flow to the frostbit exterminates, but hopefully no permanent nerve damage. There is some black around her rear toes looking necrotic but so far not a lot! The vet will remove that Friday morning. Her little nose skin and fur is peeling off but the nose is not necrotic looks like no gangrene on the sweet little nose!”
On Friday morning Nativity Grace will return to the vet at 8:30 am to get her feet cleaned up, combo tests, etc. I will post an update when I know more.
NOTE: Please understand this procedure doesn’t replace veterinary care. It’s still very important to get your cat to the vet when frostbite or suspected frostbite occurs.
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