Many of our cats like to “live large” at Tabby’s Place, but Sylvester – Sly to his friends – has this down to an art. Tipping the scales at nearly 20 pounds, our handsome, jovial boy is more than pleasingly plump. When one of our staff members first saw Sly, she immediately thought, he couldn’t possibly be that big, and assumed he must just be extremely fluffy and long-haired. But short-haired Sly is, simply, that big, and so he’s starting a big diet. Much as sweet Sly adores his food, his diabetes and long-term health will thank us for helping him to slim down.
But a diet is no major hardship in comparison with what Sly faced before coming to Tabby’s Place. When he was first diagnosed with diabetes some time ago, Sly’s family did their best to care for him. However, following the recent economic crisis, Sly’s extensive medical needs became too costly for his family, and so they requested that their veterinarian put Sly to sleep. Fortunately for this big love-bug, the kindly vet couldn’t bring herself to do it. Through a series of events, Sly was Tabby’s Place-bound, and we couldn’t be happier to have such a sweet, super-sized snuggler with us.
At age 13, Sly is a happy, middle-aged boy with a dazzling personality. It takes Sly all of two minutes to decide you’re his best friend, and, unlike many cats, he holds no grudges about the folks who come bearing needles. That’s a good thing, too, since Sly’s diabetes means that needles are a regular part of his life. Sly is presently receiving insulin injections twice daily, plus a prescription food that’s simultaneously beneficial for his blood glucose levels and useful in healthfully lowering his weight. Even bearing such incredible girth, Sly is an adorable fellow, with striking markings and a thoughtful, charming face. It’s an understatement to say that Sly has made quick work of winning hearts at Tabby’s Place.
We are so grateful that Sly’s veterinarian was willing to take a chance on him, and we’re hopeful that his winning personality and exuberant, lovey ways will find him a home of his own. However, we know that Sly’s diabetes and age make this less than a sure bet, and we’re delighted to care for him and adore him for as long as he needs us. Jolly Sly would love to have you in his extended family, too; as his loving sponsor, you’ll help us to provide our sweet boy with the insulin, prescription food, extra veterinary attention and tender care he needs and deserves. Won’t you please give your heart to our big, big-hearted boy as Sly’s sponsor?