November 24, 2014

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Frosty the kitten loses his tail, will recover

Frosty the kitten

Frosty the kitten was rescued from the side of the road on Feb. 17. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — A veterinarian was forced to remove Frosty the kitten’s tail Thursday, said Greg Willey, executive director of the Friendship Animal Protective League.

“The frostbite was worse than they originally thought,” Willey said, adding that the pads on the cat’s paws also sloughed off either from the cold or a chemical reaction caused by salt on the road.

Frosty was found frozen to the road on Lorain Boulevard on the morning of Feb. 17 by Dara Taylor as she was driving to work. Taylor has said she initially thought the cat was a chunk of ice before seeing him move and stopping her car.

She managed to free Frosty and took him to the APL, which is working on rehabilitating him.

Despite the removal of the tail and the problems with his paws, Willey said Frosty is recovering. He said conjunctivitis that had swollen the cat’s eyes shut when he was found has cleared up, and the paws will heal.

He said even without his tail, Frosty will be able to live a full life.

“He’s going to be fine,” Willey said.

He also said that the ongoing medical problems will require Frosty to remain in the APL’s care for at least another 10 days.

The medical issues are the reason Frosty has not yet been put up for adoption, despite an initial surge of interesting in taking the cat home, Willey said.

The APL has other cats that are available for adoption immediately. Call (440) 322-4321.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.


  • Arietta Sullivan

    :( awww well i do know her tail is important to her for her balancing but she will be fine like so many others i have known. at least,she has a butt to sit on lol :) Frosty will come out of this with full recovery,i’m sure of,she’s a fighter with 8 lives left now.my prayers continues for her&all the animals.

    • Arietta Sullivan

      oops ‘HE’ i meant for frosty..i’m used to saying ‘she’ cause of my two girl kitties at home :) lol

  • LAB1660

    Frosty the Lucky Kitten. My heart goes out to him, and my two kitties are saying their purrs for him. One of my kitties knows full well what it is like to live outside as he was born in the summer of 2006 and suffered through the early winter months of 2007 (excessive snow and cold, remember?) He was born under the porch of the next door neighbor’s run-down house and was very injured. He kept hanging around our house. We got him into the vet, got him healthy and he lives a nice life with an adopted sister from Paws. REMEMBER, FOLKS: Free kittens aren’t free–they require medical attention and lots of loving care. They’re not toys to be tossed aside when the children are tired of them. They’re not expendable when you can’t bother to tolerate cleaning up after them and feeding them. Kittens grow up to be cats. You get a kitten, you take care of him or her and you will end up with a loving family member. You keep them secure so they don’t wander. When they wander and don’t come home one of two things has happened — your home wasn’t a good one for the kitten/cat, or the kitten/cat’s in trouble. Mine never had a need to wander.

    • mike

      who cares

      • mike

        kittens are free and if you get bored of them oh well. do what you want to.

        • rlm_Lorain

          Yeah, you and Jeffrey Dahmer…… There is something seriously wrong with you.

          • mike

            you are sick in lorain. typical social sewage.

          • LAB1660

            No, Mike, YOU are the social sewage.

      • LAB1660

        I can see that you don’t. You don’t belong commenting on such an article, although I recognize you have a First Amendment right to do so. You are who society needs to watch. And, its MY First Amendment right to tell you so, too. Also, you don’t seem to have any morals, either.

        • mike

          nobody cares what you think lab rat. go crawl back into your cat infested hole.

          • Zen Grouch

            **nobody cares what you think lab rat. go crawl back into your cat infested hole.**

            If they gave awards for motivational posters, this one would be in the running for gold!

          • LAB1660

            Mike, you are who should be watched by animal welfare societies, as well as law enforcement. You are a personality that is defined as a psychopath just from your writings. You are a danger to society. My sincere hope is that you are removed from society so that you harm no one or no animal.

  • Phil Blank

    I went to feed my local squirrel the other day and I noticed about 1/2 of its tail was also missing. I guess from the freezing cold we’ve had.
    Other than that it seemed OK.

  • Missie

    I can’t imagine what this poor little kitty is going thru I am so teary eyes just just thinking about him. I have a kitty at home home and could never imagine him being thrown out and not cared for. He is a huge part of my family. How can some of you say such cruel things? These animals were not not asked to be put into into this kind of life and they seem like the lives they were given they are are struggling and living thru it. They They’ll have feelings and hurt hurt too. I wish I could save them them all! My heart aches for frosty and all the other animals who who struggle :(

    • LAB1660

      Missie, I’m with you. I can’t wait to see what Mike above has to say to you. I hope he’s not as cruel to you as he was to me.

      • mike

        Fact is, that lady should of ran that little yard rat over. Now its going to breed and make more problems elsewhere.

        • Melissa Merrill Snyder

          Frosty will be neutered prior to adoption.

        • Joe Smith

          You might do the same thing

    • Melissa Merrill Snyder

      Missie, I saw Frosty yesterday…he’s doing great!! The staff and volunteers at FAPL are making sure he’s getting care and his antibiotics after surgery. A couple more weeks and he’ll be healthy and ready for adoption.

  • ekwaykway

    Frosty is a little bobcat now. ;-)

  • bdid.d

    Cats have no souls…. just like gingers …