Winter is an extremely dangerous time of year for feral cats like Sven. A Good Samaritan found Sven, an orange tabby, frozen in the snow in the Marengo, IL, area. (Northwest of Chicago). The kitty was of undetermined age and survived but was badly frostbitten.
When the kind person found Sven, they took him to the Emergency Room, but due to snow, it was closed! They then took the kitty to Animal Control, and fortunately, they took Sven to the veterinarian.
Sven Found Frozen In the Snow
Rescuers from Animal Services and Assistance Programs, Inc. (ASAP) shared Sven’s story on their Facebook page to ask for help for Sven. He would require extensive veterinary care and time to recover. But this kitty has a strong will to live.
“He is feral but deserves a chance. [His] body temp was 94° got him warmed at our great vet Pet Vet Animal Clinic and Mobile Practice, Ltd but is inconsistent. Not sure how old he is. If anyone can pull him, through, they can.”
Vets Go Above and Beyond to Save Sven
At the vet, the staff and doctor went above and beyond to save Sven. Wonderfully, Dr. Shalini took Sven home to ensure he could make it through the night.
In an update, ASAP shared the good news for Sven and commended the vets for an “awesome job.”
“Sven is still hanging in there! [His]temperature is up and down. He actually stood up and used the litterbox. [He’s] on lasix to help with fluids on his heart.”
“He went home with Dr. Shalini last night because he was touch and go and gave her some purrs. The love and care that the doctors and staff give to clients is beyond amazing.”
As a result of all the care, Sven improved, and his kidney values improved. But he was still having trouble regulating his body temperature, and the vet was concerned about his heart. However, he ate some food, a great indicator he just might survive.
Sven is Hanging in There!
In another update, we see that Sven has wilfully survived. Now he’s moving around, using the litter box, and regulating his temperature. Even better, they say he has a strong appetite, which is a great sign indeed.
“Despite on how he looks Sven is hanging in there! His temperature is holding and he has a big appetite. It sounds crazy, but we are so excited he was mobile and used the litterbox to P & P,” they shared.
In response to the update, the vets shared the adorable meme below:If you would like to help Sven, there are some easy ways, like sharing this article, commenting on the post, sharing the post by ASAP, and donating to help fund his recovery on Facebook. It’s unfortunate that the costs to save cats like Sven are generally high, and it’s always a challenge to raise funds to cover the expenses. So it takes a village to save each life.
Update on Evie, Another Kitty Found Frozen
Recently, we shared the story of another kitty named Evie. Rescuers found the uncommon female ginger tabby frozen in the snow in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They named the sweet cat Evie because they saved her on New Year’s Eve morning.
Evie Survives But Loses Her Ears to Frostbite
We’re happy to see Evie survived, thanks to so many kind people who cared and donated for her care. When they found Evie, her ears were like “potato chips” from frostbite. Unfortunately, she lost both her ears and may lose most of her tail. But she survived and is getting the TLC she needs to continue recovering at All Cats Rescue.
“Thought everyone would like another update on little Evie. She is doing really good. Gaining weight and loving life a lot more. Her fur is looking ALOT better, and Her little ears are healing great,” they shared on Facebook.
They still need donations to care for Evie’s ongoing care, such as antibiotics, probiotics, pain meds and prescription food. The story about Evie also contains some important information on what to do if you find a cat in the snow or with hypothermia. Also, please see our article on how to make your own feral cat shelter.