In the middle of the snowpacolypse, I had a rather nteresting morning. After chiseling my car out from under over 1/2″ of ice, I made it to work (~24 miles) in heavy snow and sleet in decent time. However, before the morning was done I made that trip two more times, still in heavy snow. I’ll let my wife tell you why:
We’ve had a bit of excitement here. Twitch (Jessica’s black and white kitten) managed to get locked in the freezer. We think he was in there for about 14 hours. I knew something was up when he didn’t come for treats. He ALWAYS comes running when I whistle. I had thought that he may have gotten outside and was calling and calling for him. We searched the whole house and finally Jessica prayed that God would give her sign where he was. Just then, I heard him howling from the basement. Imagine my shock and dismay when I opened the freezer door and there he was barely conscious and curled up in the door of the freezer. I brought him upstairs and we called the vet right away. Unfortunately, my car was completely frozen and Doug was at work. He left right away and came to pick us up. The vet told us to get a heating pad on him and use a hair dryer to warm up his skin. He drifted in and out of consciousness until Doug got her and we all loaded up in Doug’s car and left for the Animal ER (our vet was closed because of the weather). As soon as they saw us coming, they whisked him away to the back. They could not get a reading on his body temp since it was so low and feared that he may have a lot of damage to his back leg as it was not responding neurologically. Before we got to the vet, Emily told us, “God told me he’s not going to die.” We were all praying fervently for that to be the case, but Emily was very confident.
At the ER, the vet told us he was in pretty serious condition, but that because we had warmed him up, he was in better shape than they had feared after my call. By the time we had left, his legs were responding to stimulus and he was comfortable (he was in a lot of pain as he regained consciousness). They let us all go back and see him and he responded to our touch much like he always would. They were able to take the heating pads off around noon and he ate rather heartily.
If he continues to improve, we may even get to take him home tonight![He came home around 8PM.] All in all, he has made a surprising and miraculous recovery.
We know that God answers prayers because I don’t think I would have heard him otherwise. Especially since we hadn’t heard him all night. How he managed to survive 14 hours in the freezer can only be God. He has definitely used up one or two of his lives. 😀
To sum up a long story, we know that God really does take care of the little things in life – in the grand scheme of things, a cat’s life may not be as important as some other things going on, but God knows how much he means to us.
Twitch isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer and he’s extraordinarily curious. He’s been known to try to crawl into the dishwasher while you’re loading it. That’s him there in the Wii box at Chrstmas time. Why? Because it was there. We figure he crawled up into our stand up freezer to see what was there while Maria was putting something away and she didn’t see him.
I’ve got to say as well, the folks at Capital Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center were great. They took good care of him, were very friendly and professional and the cost wasn’t as bad as I expected.