Temperatures are dropping in places across America this time of the year and while it’s easy for some to stay warm inside, that isn’t always the case for other living creatures with no permanent home.
An 11-week old kitten was recently rescued after it was found frozen to a concrete storm drain after its mother alerted a woman during storm in Elkhorn, Omaha, Nebraska, according to KMTV and WOWT of Nebraska as cited by Life With Cats.
An unnamed woman who was sitting warmly in her home threw on her coat and went outside after noticing the mother cat pacing near the drain looking agitated.
“I was horrified,” the woman told NBC Nebraska. “The mom’s kitten was dangling in the storm drain by one back foot, which was frozen to the concrete.”
The woman then used lukewarm water to free the frozen kitten. After warming the kitten the woman took it to the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha.
According to the NHS, “one front paw was severely swollen with frostbite and the back leg was broken and frost damaged.”
The animal shelter believes the kitten, now aptly named “Stormy”, may have tried to crawl in the drain to get out of the cold. Cats often seek warmth during the cold season, but often end up being injured or killed for seeking warmth in places like car engines or hoods.
Stormy’s leg was so badly broken that it will have to be amputated, according to Humane Society veterinarian Dr. Elizabeth Marriott. X-rays from different angles show Snowy’s fracture was actually a break, but NHS doctors assure that for a kitten, Stormy will be able to adjust easily to a normal life.
Stormy is doing “really well” after treatments the NHS have been doing, Dr. Marriott said in a report by KMTV. In the TV report, Stormy can be seen resting on a blanket purring.
With this case the Humane Society reminds pet owners should keep pets safe inside during harsh, wintry weather. There have been stories in the past about cats frozen to bird feeders and other free flowing water facilities.
“If you allow your cats outside they are more likely to seek a place of warmth,” Jane Harrell, Editor-in-Chief of Pet Health Network, said in an article about keeping pet cats warm during the frigid cold weather.
And if you’re wondering what’s next for Stormy after her recovery, she’ll have a home since her rescuer has decided to adopt her.