Sugar-Ray (originally named Jeff) was adopted by my husband in June of 2011. Unlike his name sake, he is definitely a lover and not a fighter. He loves to go on walks and is most happy when his 32-pound self is in your lap or curled up next to you in bed. He loves to be petted and touched. He rarely barks and is friendly with anyone who will pet him. He learns quickly; as I have taught him some commands since I came to live with them in November 2012 and found that Sugar-Ray (I call him Furface) loves to please and will do anything for a treat.
In May of 2013, Sugar-Ray got a buddy, Lance. Lance is a special needs older cat who has had problems with vomiting and with weight loss. I had been looking at Lance on the Humane Society android app on my phone for a month prior. At the beginning of May, I had decided that getting another pet may not be the best option for our family at the time. I checked the app that day, and found that Lance’s picture was not there. I felt “relieved” that he had been adopted. A week later, I chose to check the website again, and I saw his cute orange and white face. I couldn’t bear that a special needs cat was back at the shelter again, so my husband and I went to the shelter the next afternoon with Sugar-Ray to get Lance.
According to blood tests and our vet’s expertise, Lance has a condition known as hyperthyroidism. His thyroid gland is swollen; working overtime, causing weight loss and vomiting (despite him eating heartily!) Lack of treatment could cause severe weight loss and eventually death. He is currently on twice daily thyroid meds and loves his new home. He normally can be found curled up in his favorite box, laying on top of the recliner, or laying in the sun by the front window. As of this morning (Sept. 7), he has finally gained weight – from 7.8 pounds to 8.3!
Lance and Sugar-Ray get along fine – they each do their own thing and leave each other alone. What Sugar-Ray doesn’t do, Lance makes up for threefold – talking! Lance meows constantly, especially when he stands up for kitty cat treats.
Thank you, Humane Society, and for Daughn’s help in staying overtime during our adoption of Lance.