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Cats rescued from Queens house fire being treated at BluePearl

QUEENS, NY. — Two cats rescued by authorities from a house fire in Queens were being treated for smoke inhalation at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital Monday.

Kit Kat (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

Kit Kat (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

The cats, Kit Kat and Jinx, were both put in a special oxygen chamber after they were rushed to BluePearl around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, said Paul Miranda, the hospital’s practice manager.

Jinx has almost fully recovered, while Kit Kat, who received CPR from emergency responders at the scene of Glendale fire, is still showing signs of distress and is having difficulty walking.

“We are continuing to give him oxygen and we’re monitoring him closely,” Miranda said.

The cats will also receive another bath on Monday afternoon to wash the soot off their fur.

Frankie’s Friends , a national pet charity that assists pets with life-threatening conditions, is stepping in to raise money to help pay for the cats’ treatment, which is estimated to cost about $8,000. Those interested  in contributing can click here.

Jinx (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

Jinx (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

According to news reports, both Jinx and Kit Kat were pulled from inside the burning two-story home by firefighters. A third cat was reportedly found dead in the home’s bathroom.

Miranda has spoken with the owner, who is extremely grateful her cats were rescued and that they are receiving good care. The cats will remain at BluePearl for at least another day, both to continue treatment and to give the owners time to decide where they’ll go next, Miranda said.

“They’ve lost their home,” Miranda added. “Our hearts really go out to them at this difficult time. We’re hoping we can raise some money to help them.”

Kit Kat receiving oxygen (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)

Kit Kat receiving oxygen (BluePearl Veterinary Partners photo)