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Frosty was found nearly frozen to death. When she arrived at Carols Critter Care she was in a frozen "C" shape and in the death cry.  She was quickly tucked under Carol's  shirt while heating buttons were warmed. She slowly thawed out through the night and survived.

Supportive care was started the following day.  She was put on LRS, antibiotics, cream for frost bite, given nutrical and 50 % dextrose. Through the next 48 hours, Frosty would go thruough good moments and bad moments.

On January 3rd, she began displaying short breath open mouthed breathing. It would come and go throughout the day. However, that night as it continued to get worse, she was taken to Fitchburg Urgernt Care in Fitchburg, WI. The team took x-rays and found her lungs to be full of pneumonia and a secondary infection. Her blood sugar level were in range. Her fecal was negative, body temp at 95, frost bite on ears and feet, emaciated, blind in one eye due to freezing, and no feeling in her back legs. She can not move her back legs. She was put on a nebulizer for a few hours and appeared to be doing well.

A continued care plan was created and as Frosty was being discharged she crashed. Started open mouth breathing and having troubles regulating her body temp. It was at that time that the decission was made to have her admitted to Veterinary Emergency Services in Middleton, WI. They are a 24/7 emergency care facility and can give Frosty the proper around the clock supportive care she needs.

Frosty has a strong will to live and though, making baby steps, has been continuing to improve. Help is needed to pay for her medical expenses. We expect several more days in the neonate ICU at Veterinary Emergency Services and are seeking doantions.

Please help share Frosty's story. When she was found the outdoor temps in WI were between 10 and 20 degrees, with single digit temps in the evening. We are now looking at dangerous temps of windchills in the negative digits. Help Frosty save the lives of other outside animals. 

Thanks for your donation!


by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
Frosty went for a recheck and things are looking wonderful.  There was no signs of pneumonia in her lungs.  A bronchial pattern still persisits. But the vets decided to stop her bronchialdiolator.

She still on the dewormer for that nasty parasite.

Her impacked baby canines all fell out. She no longer has 8 canine teeth. Just her 4 adults now.

On Sunday 2-16-2014 the dead end of Frosty's tail fell off.  It was quite tramatic. She was playing and came down from a jump and snap went the tail.  She lost about 2 inches of it. She ran hissed, spit and growled not knowing what happened.

At the check on the following day the vet said her tail end looks good. But she came home with some pain meds.

Along comes Wednesday 2-19-2014 and Frosty is starting to have issues breathing again. I can hear her wheezing and she is struggling a bit.  It's decided that she go back on the bronchialdiolator - so I had to make a special run back out to Madison to get her meds.

Thursday came with some eye trouble. So she was put on some eye medication.

Now today - Friday 2-21-2014 Frosty is back on the upside. She's been running around and playing.

Frosty had a wish list created for her on a few days ago. Thanks to everyone who continues to help and support Frosty.  I could have never done this with out everyones help.

Thank you Very Much!!

Love Frosty the Frozen Kitten

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
Frosty went back to VES for a recheck, xrays and medication adjustments and refills.

She continues to gain strenght and is now playing like a little kitten.

Her xrays showed the pneumonia is still present, but clearing. 

She will see a cardiologist on 2-11-2014 for her heart.

She still has rapid breathing, but she is not in respriatory distress as in the past.

Her tail is the same. There is a dead portion that will either need to be surgically removed or it will fall off on it's own in due time. Frosty is not strong enough to undergo anesthesia at this time.

She has gained weight!  She is now 3 1/2 pounds.


Frosty was on NBC 15 Madison news this morning.  I will post video I shot of it using my hand held video recorder and just shooting it from the computer screen.

Frosty got a new toy in the mail yesterday and she is having fun playing with it.  I will get that video up and new pics as well.

You can find Frosty on facebook - Frosty the Frozen Kitten.  She does daily updates there.

Carol & Frosty

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Frosty the Frozen Kitten

Frosty had her first of many follow up visits today.

Overall she has improved since being sent home 5 days ago.

She has gained some weight. When she left she was 1.12 kg and today she is 1.36 kg (3 pounds)

She is running a temp of 102.9

Her breathing is still rapid; this will be the case fro many weeks to come.

Their is a small amount of clear discharge from her left nostril which may be a viral upper respiratory infection. This however will not change our treatment plan. I just have to watch her for respriatory distress.

Xrays show persistent pneumonia, but more of her lung fields are clear than at her discharge 5 days ago.  Her films will remain abnormal for some time to come.

We are continuing to aggressivly treat the strongylitisis worms in her lungs.

Frosty got prescriptions refilled and doses adjusted due to weight gain.

Her tail is that the watch and see stage. She is not strong enough to undergo sedation and surgery at this time. A portion of the tail is dead from frostbite. It may fall off on it's own before  she is even ready for surgery. If it does, than that is fine.

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting, praying for, donating and helping Frosty thru her recovery journey.

You can find Frosty on facebook at Frosty the Frozen Kitten.


by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
TEAM FROSTY / update
Frosty the Frozen Kitten came home yesterday 1-15-2014
Thanks to the world for helping this little kitten. Had she not had the help from everyone involved she would not be here today.

She has a long journey ahead of her. Many vet apointments, and follow up visits are in our future.
She will have more chest rays to make sure the pneumonia and worms are clearing / cleared.

Because of the Strongyloidiasis parasite she has to return montly for 6 months for fecal checks once her 10 wk run of dewormer/antibiotics is done.

She's been sent home with tons of medications and fights taking she is regaining strength!

It was discovered on Monday's visit that her tail did suffer some frost bite and at a later date she will need to have a portion of it removed. Vets can not do this right now because she is not strong enough to go under anesthia.


TEAM FROSTY 1-16-2014

Frosty the Frozen Kitten

Frosty had a great night. 

She eat like a champ.

Took her meds with some resistance.

Explored her new area.

Eventually she figured out potty box.  No accidents on the floor at all this morning

She has a very faint Meow... sort of hard to hear it. She purrs much louder then she meows.

She got to have some big bed blankie snuggle time last night before I dozed off.

We get up early here. 2 am as the alarm goes off what else do I hear??
Jingle Bells coming from Frosty's area.  Grabbed the video camera

Be sure to follow Frosty on Facebook @ Frosty the Frozen Kitten

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

TEAM FROSTY / update 1-15-2014

Frosty the Frozen Kitten

Frosty had a good night.

She is eating well

Her tail needs to be watched and depending on how things progress she
might have to have surgery to amputate the dead portion of it. Right now
she is not strong enough for sedation.  In the mean time that bad
portion could fall off on it's own.

She got moved to a bigger
cage so she has to get up and move more to get to food, water and her
box.  She pee's in the box and poops outside the box and then tries to
bury the poo by scratching the side of the box 

She likes to snuggle with her stuffed puppy.

A script has been called into a pharmacy for a BRONCHODILATOR. She will
need this to come home.  I will pick it up later today once I'm plowed
out. Insane snow drifts this  morning.

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Fundraising update.

Frosty is coming home Thursday 1-16-2014 instead of next week or later, as we had last thought on Thursday 1-9-2014.

I'm not sure how to "close" the fundraiser for her.  So I went in again and changed her total to show funds have been reached.

Please be sure to read the updates below as they are loaded with TONS of important information.


by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Fundraising update.

Frosty is coming home Thursday 1-16-2014 instead of next week or later, as we had last thought on Thursday 1-9-2014.

I'm not sure how to "close" the fundraiser for her.  So I went in again and changed her total to show funds have been reached.

Please be sure to read the updates below as they are loaded with TONS of important information.


by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
TEAM FROSTY / update 1-14-2014 am

Frosty the Frozen Kitten

Guess who gets to come HOME Thursday?!

She will be on a bunch of meds for many different things.

One of which will be an oral script for a bronchodilator. We will go
this way instead of the machine and the albuteral/breathing treatments.

She was removed from the oxygen and her IV's on Sunday night.

Been doing well.

She is standing and trying to walk, but is wobbly.

Her tail was completely shaved - after yesterdays visit when I found
that lump. Turns out it is indeed frosty bite as originally thought. So
her tail (feel) as you stroke the length from butt to tip I was feeling
"normal normal normal, bump, super skinny" The super skinny part will
probably fall off. Didn't think to ask if they felt they should just
amputate now while she is there. Brain fog.

She continues to eat well and clean herself.

When she is home she needs to be quarantined from the other animals the
coarse of her meds.- which for the Strongyloidiasis is a 10 week
treatment, and then every month for 6 months she needs a fecal.  Long
time in Quarantine!  Guess these eggs can shed at any given time and
Strongyloidiasis is very contagious and deadly.

Thanks again for all the help, prayers, support and donations to help Frosty. Thanks
for not being that negative nellie and for being a rock thru all this.

Frosty and I appreciate it so much.

Power in Prayer!

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
TEAM FROSTY!  /update 1-13-2014


I had to pinch myself at today's visit to make sure it's still not a dream.

Frosty the Frozen Kitten is doing amazingly well. 

You know when you have that feeling that everything is going to be ok?  That's how today's visit went.  Nothing like last Thursday into Friday where things seemed so gloomy with her set backs.

Frosty is much stronger.

I watched her get into a sit position many times.

She was grooming herself

She was purring

She can bear some weight on her back legs.

She can take a few steps, she's wobbly, and dont go far. But she's
moving!  She will step step step step and then her side hips sort of
swing her to a sit position.

She ate soggy kibble for breakfast!

She pee'd in her box and pooped outside it.  Then during the visit pooped on me.

I did find a strange lump/bump on her tail and asked to have it check out. She didn't like the area being touched.

I have some cute pics to share too, as soon as my son comes saves me.
Somehow they saved to the internal memory of the camera and I have no
idea how to pull them.

Thanks for all the support, prayers and donations.  At this time Frosty
has met her fundraising needs. These will help pay off her vet bills,
her supportive care, meds, etc that will be coming home with her, her
follow up check ups, her wheels if she needs them, she will get spayed
and vaccinated,etc.  If at that point there are still funds remaining
I'd like to use them for the other animals here in rescue, and animals
that will be coming into the rescue if that is ok with everyone.

Carol & Frosty the Frozen Kitten

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
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TEAM FROSTY / update 1-12-2014 pm

I'm so afraid to post this!! Someone pinch me!  Knocking one wood and crossing my fingers, spinning in circles 3x.

Frosty the Frozen Kitten is off all IV fluids.

She is down to 3 lt of oxygen (from 5lt this morning. 10 when first admitted)

She is getting herself into sits and trying hard to stand!

She still can not walk.

She is eating like a champ.

She had Chest Xrays done today and I"ll get those results tomorrow.

She has no idea what a litter box is

Poops are still puddling like consistency.

She has been cleaning herself.

She is purring and making muffins!

Oh I hope I didn't just jinx this. I asked the tech a few times "Are
you sure we are talking about Frosty?"  She said "Yes, I'm looking right
at her."

I pray she keeps moving forward. This has been such an amazing update!  I hope I'm not dreaming.

Thanks for donating to Frosty and saying lots of prayers for her!

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita


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Frosty the Frozen Kitten is breathing easier this morning.

She was started on steroids last night to help with the inflammation in
her lungs due to the dying off of these worms and the pneumonia.

The worms in her lungs are from the strongyloidiasis parasite that was
discovered mid week. Nasty, horrible parasite that is a killer if not
treated and highly contagious. They migrated from her gutt to her lungs.

She is eating like a champ!  Food is her favorite activity.

With help she is able to stand up. Not walking yet.

She has to wear her cone again because now, since she's feeling better, she started to chew on her IV cath.

Vet said she made improvement over night and we heading in the right
direction. Reminded me she is still a VERY SICK little kitten and we
dont know what could happen next but she is responding positively to her

She's still going to be at VES for quite some time. No talk of a release date due to her being oxygen dependent.

Frosty's fundraiser is still running strong thanks to everyone help.

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

TEAM FROSTY / Update 1-11-2014

Great chat with her vet. She is doing wonderful back in her smaller
incubator. The up top in the pics.  She is back to sitting up, looking
around, grooming herself, "making muffins"  (LOL
I giggle every time I type making muffins)..... some people thought it
ment she poops. It means she is taking her front paws and kneading the
blankies    She is very happy and content.

Today is just a kitty rest day where the staff will care to all her
needs. Nothing special is happening today. Just a good rest and recover
day. No tests etc. 

We are back on the upside.

Just a note:

I've had a few request on how to send in a check or money order donation. Here is the information.

Carols Critter Care
N3374 Rome Oak Hill Road
Helenville, WI. 53137

Thanks for all the help and support everyone is giving to Frosty. Very Important, Continue to share her story. We need to be their voice. We need to educate people that just because these animals have fur coats does not make them immune to these cold danger ous temps we have been exeriencing this winter. No animals should freeze to death!

Like Frosty the Frozen Kitten on facebook!!  (just search Frosty the Frozen Kitten, and she pops up).

(I dont get twitter, but if anyone does, please tweet the kitties story there too :) )

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
Frosty update / Mid afternoon 1-10-2014

I just talked with Frosty's vet and she is still the same from yesterday. No imporvement. She is still eating with help. She is lethargic and not as bright as 2 days ago.

The dirrhea has not cleared. She is wearing her cone again so she wont lick her raw butt.

Vet said they are doing all they can. She is just a very very sick  little kitten. Her lungs have not cleared at all. They confirmed with new xrays.

The vet said it's unsure when Frosty can be released. It just wont be any time soon. Final cost for her care is so hard to estimate. As of today I have paid $3049.00.

Frosty's basic daily care cost (food, IV's, medication, oxygen) is $328.00 / day. This does not include any tests, lab work, xrays, specialists, anything other then basic care.

To continue to try and help Frosty I have to change her fundraising goal. The $5000.00 is not realistic based on her unknown length of stay at Veterinary Emergency Services.

I'm going to make her new fundraising goal $10,000.00

I just dont know what else to do to help her get the medical help she needs unless I raiser her needed funding.

Thanks for all your help, support, prayers and understanding.

(you can follow Frosty on facebook by using  "Frosty the Frozen Kitten"

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
Talk about an emotional day!!

I called the vet back again after the last update. 

This is not a pesticide poisoning. That would not bring on the pneumonia or the strongyloidisais. She is not bleeding internally and had she ingested something like rat poison she'd have been bled out by now and be dead.  But she's not!

What I did find out is on Wednesday night she was moved from her small incubator to a bigger cage with just an O2 tube. They have been trying to decrease her oxygen dependency.

After talking to me the last time (maybe an hour ago) they realized there was a leak in the tube and she was not getting the amount of oxygen she should have been getting.

They put her back in the original small incubator and guess who is sitting up and not stress breathing!


by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Frosty the Frozen Kitten Update 1-10-2014 morning

This mornings update sort of makes me sad. Trying not to read anything into it. I'm reminded by the vet that Frosty is a small, tiny kitten and is very very sick.

So with the update brings a picky eater last night. She did eat some breakfast. Still has the diarrhea. Still oxygen dependent and in her incqubator. She has just been sleeping since I left  yesterday. She is real tired and quiet....which is when I was reminded that she is very tiny and very very sick.

The vet said she will be there some time yet. It's very hard in her case to try and determine when she might be strong enough to be released.

Her lungs are crappy.

It's now starting to look as though her medical care costs are going to rise well about the $5000.00 range that we set.

Asking for some Frosty prayers this morning. I think I'm just going to go cry for a while.

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Frosty asked if she could have her own facebook page and how do you say NO to that cute little face? 

Frosty the Frozen Kitten was created this morning on FB.  Stop over and like it and share with everyone. The direct link is

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Blood work is being done today and I'll get a report later with the findings.  Frosty got a bath last night and at first she didn't want anything to do with it. But then that bowl of food was put in front of her and she ate and ate while she got a much needed bath and her behind cleaned up.

They are treating her for the strongyloidiasis parasite and suspect this is the cluprit that debilitatated her.  The missing puzzle piece as to why she was found nearly frozen, emaciated, just skin and bones.

Reading about the parasite it's also probably the reason she has pneumonia as well.

Almost forgot!  AFTER Frosyt's bath and she was back in her incubator on oxygen, guess who started purring and "making muffins"  :)

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
I just added a few new pictures from my Frosty visit yesterday.

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita
I just added a few new pictures from my Frosty visit yesterday.

by Carol Infalt & Alyssa Tranchita

Thank you to everyone that has been sending in donations and prayers. I visited with Frosty today and found out she will not be coming home tomorrow and needs to stay in the neonate ICU longer. 

With this new information, I went in adjusted her care cost suspected total from $3000.00 to $5000.00 that I will be trying to raise the funds for.

I am sad she is not coming home tomorrow or even getting off her oxygen. But she needs the extra care and support right now due to all the pnemonia in her lungs. They did xrays a day eary out of concerns and found she now has fluid on her lungs as well :(

But she is bright and alert and she is very happy and content. She is purring and kneading her blankie. So she still has a long way to recovery.



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