Cat Who Loses Two Paws From Frostbite Still Has Strong Spirit

PopsiclePopsicle has quite a lot of spirit and heart for a little cat who has been through a lot.

She has lost two of her paws, a few inches of her tail, both ears and part of her nose to frostbite, but Popsicle’s enthusiasm for life is still strong.

In December, Roger Hasting found Popsicle under his truck. He tried to catch her, but she was too fast for him. The extremely cold temperatures forced Popsicle to hide under his engine to get warm, and Hasting was finally able to catch Popsicle and bring her inside.

He brought the cat to his co-worker who is also a president of an animal rescue. Donna Buck-Davis said, “I picked her up and couldn’t tell she was in any kind of pain. She was just a purring machine.”

When Buck-Davis took Popsicle to the vet, the vet said that this was one of the worst cases of frostbite she had ever seen in a cat. The vet believed that Popsicle got her front paws wet which led to the frostbite.

Both paws had to be amputated because of the frostbite. The carpal pad of each paw was sewn to the end of each stump for some cushioning when Popsicle walks.

But then her ears and the tip of her nose fell off, and then also her tail became stiff with frostbite.

Surgery and medication costs are extremely high, but it’s been worth it because after a month, Popsicle just only has one bandage left on her tail and has recovered extremely well through everything that she has been through.

Her vet, who is caring for Popsicle as she waits to be adopted, said, “She has a pretty normal life. Though she’ll need some extra care since she can’t really defend herself.”

She thinks that someone may have dumped Popsicle outside in an effort to get rid of her.

The vet added, “It seems that animals live in the present. Even though she’s handicapped it’s like ‘this is how I am.’ She’s not thinking she’s not any good to anyone.”

Source: ADN

(Thanks Amanda)

UPDATE: Someone had made this comment on the ADN website: (Thanks Debbie)

Her name is Babygirl.

I thought I would post the actual information in here after reading all of the comments. Babygirl got out of the house at the end of November when my family was leaving for work and school. When we got home that night and noticed her missing we went and searched for her. We also contacted the vet clinic on post, the pound in Fairbanks and the MP’s office regarding her missing. So it is not like we left her out in the cold to die. She is the beloved family cat that we have had for almost 6 years. During the first couple of weeks that she was missing we kept in contact with the pound and vets office to see if she had shown up. After finding no good news we figured either something horrible had happened or another family found her. When we seen her on the front page of the newspaper I contacted them right away to see if it was her and sure enough it was. Friday evening we were reunited with her and she has been happy ever since. She underwent her last surgery today and is still recovering but Dr. Olsen said she should make a full recovery. And yes my family is helping with the her medical expenses. Like I said this is our beloved family kitty and we would never do anything to hurt her. My son actually cried for a long time after she went missing and was in tears when he finally was able to see her again!!!!!

18 Responses to “Cat Who Loses Two Paws From Frostbite Still Has Strong Spirit”

  1. Hazel Chambers says:

    tHANKS FOR THESE KIND PEOPLE! One comment…cats will purr when in pain or scared.

  2. Merlin Marshall says:

    Poor little baby! That is so heartbreaking. Thanks to the vet for taking care of her instead of putting her down. I home someone really nice adopts her. And a plague on th person who dumped her!

  3. Lynne says:

    “cats will purr when in pain or scared.”

    Thanks for that info, Hazel. I didn’t know that. (I’m a dog person).

  4. Pam says:

    This sad story had me in tears for all the pain this kitty must have suffered. Hopefully she will get adopted by a caring person in an indoor-only home, and get a name change!

    I looked at the original story and this happened in Anchorage. No wonder she got frostbite. And she was declawed and friendly, so she was someone’s pet. I agree with Merlin Marshall: A pox on the person who did this.

  5. momkat says:

    I feel so bad for her! What a pretty little face! I just hope she gets a wonderful indoor ‘furever’ home where someone will love her and show her the respect she deserves.
    What a wonderful story of survival and rescue.
    :)m

  6. The Lioness says:

    This makes me so, so sad. I’m really grateful to the people who have contributed to her rehabilitation, but how good will her quality of life be?

    I hope she finds the right forever home and gets showered with love and attention!

    I also hope the person who dumped her in the first place sees this story and feels like a giant a**!

    ~The Lioness

  7. purplecircle4pets.com says:

    Thanks to those who never gave up and did what needed to be done to give her a good life. What an incredible lesson to learn from this loving animal who lives in the present. She shows us that no matter how bad things get, she is still filled with unconditional love and acceptance, Wow!
    I know that she will be adopted by someone whose heart is as big as hers.
    Cheryl

  8. Don Earl says:

    I’ve read that cats will purr when sick or injured. I don’t recall the exact details, but according to that source, purring isn’t so much an indication of happiness as it is an indication of a willingness to be social.

    Also, any good vet will tell you that it is fantastically difficult to tell if a cat is in pain. As one of the smaller predators, hiding the fact they are ill or injured is a survival mechanism.

    Between the two, I sometimes wonder if heroic measures to save a cat’s life is the most compassionate choice after severe injuries that permantly affect quaility of life. I don’t know.

    I do know these kind of stories are heartbreakingly familiar to to shelters and those that do rescue work. This poor cat could be the poster child for why it’s not okay to abandon cats whenever someone gets tired of it.

    The sad part is I suspect most cats that are abandoned are abandoned because the owners believe they’re saving it from a shelter. Every person that thinks it’s okay to abandon a pet should read a few hundred of these kind of stories to understand just how cruel it really is.

  9. Anonymous says:

    in truth the purr of the cat is an enigma for they do indeed purr when content or in pain. mine, seriously ill, purred in my arms as they were dying. such gracious, loving beings even in death- my admiration for them knows no bounds.

    i really dont think lack of this limb or that limb or not having a tail has a thing to do with quality of life for cats and dogs. i pretty much know if a part of my cat hurts if she growls when i touch it if there’s no obvious physical indication of a wound or problem. i have seen plenty of partially limbless cats and dogs leading happy pretty normal lives so you’d hardly know a paw was missing. i dont think they should be ‘ put down’ if they can find that sort of contentment. if theyre hurt they dont try to play and eat- particularly cats. my cats have always some how made it known when it was time for them to go- i think its quite apparent if you allow yourself to be open to the signs. i have never once been wrong on knowing when they were ill and knowing the day they were going to die.

    human beings lead perfectly meaningful lives with no limbs, blind ,deaf etc. we saw those marvelous chihuahuas born so horribly deformed wiggling around like normal contented fun filled ‘ normal’ pups. on seeing that who can deny them their lives and their wee little go carts? bless those who take the chance to help the most unwanted and needy of all.

    there was further no way i wasnt going to try life saving measures when one of my cats developed potentially deadly renal failure. when it became obvious, after initial treatment, that her life would be intolerble and not sustainable i had her euthanized. still- no way in hell i wasnt gonna try because she did have a chance- they cant judge the effect of the failure until after initial treatment allows them to ascertain the remaining function. it’s my money - i’ll spend it on who i wish no matter how much of a waste anyone else thinks it is. i’m not going to deny them but i’m also not going to allow them to live in pain. each situation is unique- you cant make sweeping statements about the worth, the right and wrong of these decisions.

    it’s particularly egregious to toss a long haired cat out on its own. the long furred breeds that need constant grooming( persians , himmies) are meant for indoors. matted fur can render them unable to walk, cause skin diseases and even make them unable to defecate properly and we know how they are about their cleanliness-being mired in filth they can do nothing about launches them into severe depression and despair. i now have a new persian tortie girl who was found in a feral colony- even though she’s clearly not a feral. i am still patiently combing and shaving her mats out. she’s the most loving creature. i seriously want to kick the ass of whomever thought throwing her out in a feral colony was a swift idea… at least she has her claws. people actual toss out pure breed persians and other cats theyve had declawed-rendering them defenseless and particularly unfit for outdoor survival. it’s as much as a death sentence as taking them to the kill shelter. people are stupid.

    ( sorry- that was mittens- i forgot to type in my info!)

  10. Nancy G. says:

    Yes, cats do purr when in pain [sometimes] or dying. Personally, I think it is a reversion to life as a kitten with Mommy there to comfort and protect it. Kind of like a human sometimes curling into a fetal position. Going back to early baby-hood can be a search for comfort. I think this cat will adjust and have a very good life. She’s a survivor.

  11. Deb J says:

    I found this on the ADN website in the comments:

    Her name is Babygirl

    I thought I would post the actual information in here after reading all of the comments. Babygirl got out of the house at the end of November when my family was leaving for work and school. When we got home that night and noticed her missing we went and searched for her. We also contacted the vet clinic on post, the pound in Fairbanks and the MP’s office regarding her missing. So it is not like we left her out in the cold to die. She is the beloved family cat that we have had for almost 6 years. During the first couple of weeks that she was missing we kept in contact with the pound and vets office to see if she had shown up. After finding no good news we figured either something horrible had happened or another family found her. When we seen her on the front page of the newspaper I contacted them right away to see if it was her and sure enough it was. Friday evening we were reunited with her and she has been happy ever since. She underwent her last surgery today and is still recovering but Dr. Olsen said she should make a full recovery. And yes my family is helping with the her medical expenses. Like I said this is our beloved family kitty and we would never do anything to hurt her. My son actually cried for a long time after she went missing and was in tears when he finally was able to see her again!!!!!

  12. nicole says:

    Sometimes i just get so exhausted hearing the stories of people abandoning there pets. Do they not have any heart?

  13. Gindy says:

    Hey nicole, do you not read for comprehension? See the post above yours and read it over a couple of times. This a house cat, it escaped during a hectic morning and the people who own it DID go look for it, kept in contact with the authorities and tried hard to find it.
    READ before you jump to conclusions.

  14. Pam says:

    Deb J:

    Thanks for posting this further information. It is good to know that this kitty was not abandoned and she is back with her family. It sounds like the family really loves Babygirl. Hope she lives a long, happy life.

    “I found this on the ADN website in the comments:

    Her name is Babygirl

    I thought I would post the actual information in here after reading all of the comments.”

  15. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    Deb J, your kitty looks like a Babygirl! She is so pretty. I am so glad she found her way home. She’s a special one for sure. Good luck with her and I hope she stays in the best of health from now on.

  16. nicole says:

    Hey Gindy, You must assume that i actually saw that posting before i posted my comments… Must have been a delay because it was not there when i posted my comment. I find it hilarious that you can actually lecture me not to not jump to conclusions, yet it is okay for you.
    Typical hyprocrite.

  17. Erin says:

    Since you are in the military, which I assume that you are, since you said you reported it to the MPs. You should be able to get your animals a tracking chip at a discounted rate. You have been through this once now, take action to make sure you won’t lose another animal like this again.

  18. ? says:

    cats also purr when they are being comforted or being groomed.


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