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Two months after Utah family rescues frozen kitten, ‘Lazarus’ is fitting in at home

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Posted at 6:49 PM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 21:27:27-05

CEDAR HILLS, Utah – Two months ago we introduced you to a young family who discovered a frozen kitten outside their cabin and worked for more than an hour to resuscitate it, and now we have an update on how “Lazarus” is fitting in at their home.

Tiny, frozen, and alone, a Cedar Hills family found a feral kitten, no more than a few weeks old, lying in a foot of snow on Thanksgiving morning while staying at a cabin.

“I walked up to it and it was just a frozen little snowball,” said Branden Bingham. "There was not a pulse, there was no heartbeat, there was no breathing, I mean, it was lifeless."

But after performing CPR for more than an hour, there was a slight movement.

"So when it actually started to move, I was like, ‘Hey the cat’s alive!’” said Justin Bingham.

Lazarus is now full of life and getting a checkup at the Riverwoods Pet Hospital in Provo.

"We're first time kitten owners and so we had a lot of questions of what you're supposed to do, vaccinations, those types of things,” Branden Bingham said.

At first the Bingham’s didn't think they could keep their furry friend.

“We wanted to, but my wife is allergic to cats and so we thought that wouldn't work,” Branden Bingham said. “We went up and spent about an hour with him up in Logan where he was staying, my wife didn't have any symptoms or showing any allergies, and so we just brought him home.”

The family admits at first, it was an adjustment.

"He came in and initially was timid, had to find his place in the home, but he's adapted quite well,” Branden Bingham said. “The boys will be jumping off the couch... they'll jump right over him, and he just looks up at them like, 'Oh that was a good one.’”

This little life saved has brought a lot of love and joy to the Bingham family.

"My kids have always wanted a pet, and we were like eventually we'll get a dog, we've gotta get a bigger house,” Branden Bingham said. "…Now they're just enamored, like every morning: ‘Where's the cat? Can I go give him a treat? Can I tell him good morning?’ So they absolutely love having him around."

In addition to the checkup,the Bingham family received a year's supply of free kitten formula that was donated by Royal Canin, pet food company.