It’s not really accurate to call Harvest a tabby, as he doesn’t have a lot of striping except on his grey tabby tail. Still, he has a brown undercoat with some less-determinate stripes—along with some buff and a bit of orange in his coat. Beyond doubt, he’s a mixed breed, but we do rather specialize in such cats, and we love them. Our Manager says that Harvest “looks like a Muppet”. He has a tendency to leave his tongue sticking out, which can make him seem very silly.
We estimate that Harvest was born early in 2008. He has lymphocytic plasmacytic stomatitis. Yes, that sounds awful. What it really means is that his gums are allergic to the plaque on his teeth. When Harvest first came to us, his mouth was in terrible condition. We had to extract all of his teeth, and he’s been on a course of steroids to help with the inflammation. The good news? This treatment has worked wonders for our Harvest. In fact, his mouth has improved to the point where we’re slowly trying to wean him off the steroids. It is possible that he may have a flare-up of his condition in the future, thus requiring the steroids again, but there’s no way to predict this.
Harvest is also on behavioral medication due to aggressive behavior toward other cats. It’s very odd; he can sometimes be fine around another cat, but you have to watch him like a hawk, as he can suddenly become agggressive toward the other cat for no reason obvious to humans. With people, he’s gentle, loving, and loud; if you don’t pay enough attention to him, you will hear about it until you do. Because he startles easily, however, we recommend he go to a home without young children.
Harvest is a great example of the Tabby’s Place mission. We know that he isn’t suitable for every home, nor do we expect that everyone out there would be willing or able to care for a Special Needs feline. But we are confident that Harvest has a lot of love to give the right person or family. If you would like more information about him, please come in to meet him and talk to our staff.