Spokesperson Pam Wiese says they have treated four cats in the past two weeks for frostbitten ears. Several needed surgery to remove the tips and to clear up infection.
The Nebraska Humane Society says cat ear tips are delicate and are susceptible to freezing. Once that happen the skin will die and slough off. It is very painful for the animal. Feet are also vulnerable.
To treat an animal with frostbite pet owners need to warm the skin and stimulate it to return circulation.
The Nebraska Humane Society recommends using luke-warm moist heat. Do not use hot water. Put the infected area in the water for up to 30 minutes or apply a warm, moist towel to the area. Do not rub the area as that will cause more damage.
If the damaged area turns dark that indicates tissue damage and the pet should be seen by a veterinarian.