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Saturday 25th of November 2017

Hypothermia - personal experiences

Hypothermia experience by - Lisa
Western PA

The Doggle had a cat door and came and went as she wanted; she lived on 25 acres of wooded property. She was a small white/black/red Turkish Van, 2 1/2 years old. On New Year's Eve, she went out as usual in the evening--she didn't return for breakfast. I went looking for her; a friend helped me and ultimately found her. She was "sleeping" under tree, snuggled into a space where she was sheltered from the wind. No doubt, she had been there before because it was the kind of "Doggle sneaky" she always found. She looked so peaceful, just sleeping like she did on the bed. She had a friend with her, a long-haired black tuxedo cat--also "sleeping" next to his own log, just a foot away from her. She was so cold and she was stiff, but she was in a relaxed position and looked just like a Doggle sleeping. I took off my sweatshirt and covered her up; she wasn't breathing. The temperature had dropped for the first time this winter and the Doggle didn't understand. We suspect that she ran through a stream (as she had before in the summer) and went to her sneaky to get warm. In her mind, that's what she needed to do. I suppose she didn't come home (I can see the spot where she died from my kitchen window), because she had a friend with her and, from her previous experience, knew that she could go to her sneaky under the tree. She always came home every other time and had been through two Pennsylvania winters. She had a bed with warm people and Ralph Lauren sheets (because she preferred Ralph over Calvin). If I had the evening back, I would have kept her inside on the first cold night of the winter (10 degrees). She slept on the bed most of the day, yapped at me for treats, then she got anxious and went outside (must have been her friend calling her). The vet told me that "white cats are fragile" and that's why she froze. She was always so hearty and so independent, though. She was proud, she was sweet, and she was domineering when she felt like it. She showed no signs of being cold from her position--she was just taken while she slept. I went out looking for her after dinner to get her back in the house and she didn't come to the "call of the Doggle" as she always did. That's when I should have known. But I let her go thinking that I would soon hear that "thwack" of her flying back in the cat door. The door is silent now--and I would give anything to go back and find her, truly just sleeping, pick her up and warm her on her favorite Ralph sheets. Maybe white cats are fragile; she thought she knew better.

Hypothermia experience by - karen
sherwood park ab, canada

my 5 year old male cat named Squeakers died Sept.07 from shock and hypothermia.
He made it back to the house and within 15 hours he was dead. he got stuck in a sewage tunnel just outside the yard. i had no water to bathe him and really did not know what happened. he wanted to hide and was pointing his body in a corner and i knew from my dogs death 3 years ago he was close to death. He was totally soaked with sewage waste and i thought he fell in the septic tank. There was no way he would have been able to crawl out so within a few days going back and forth in the yard it screamed to me he was stuck in the sewage tunnel. he had the most beautiful fur and for him to die covered in sewage it is an atrosity. i am still in shock and overcome with sadness i dont think life is worth anything anymore. I loved Squeakers so much. "My Squeakers" is what I would say to him all the time. He truly suffered and I will never be the same!!!!

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