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.