Driving on a cold and snowy day, a Russian man named Slava noticed something on the side of the road. “I thought it was an animal and it must be freezing in this weather. Cars kept passing by but no one stopped. I knew I had to do something to get the cat to safety.” He tried making a U-turn, but that frightened the cat, so he pulled off the road a short distance away and walked back. “It was very cold, so I wrapped her up in a towel and brought her back to my car. I turned up the heat to full capacity to help remove the frost on her coat.”
Slava drove to his father’s house where they wrapped the cat, who he later named Nika, in a nice, warm blanket and placed her near a radiator. After a several hours, she seemed to be doing a lot better. His best guess about how Nika ended up nearly freezing by the side of a road: “I think that the kitten got lost and ended up in a field with a few trees and she couldn’t find the exit due to heavy snow and did not have the strength to move.”
The next order of business was to get Nika some professional attention. They took her to a vet who determined that she was about 6 months old. Unfortunately, her tail was partially frostbitten and most of it had to be amputated. Although she had to wear the cone of shame, Nika was a real trouper. “She knew that we were trying to help. She was patient, did not complain and was very sweet the whole time.” Within a couple of weeks, Nika was in fine form, a typically energetic young cat who loves chasing after her toys.
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