Remember the old nursery rhyme about Jack Sprat and his wife Joan? He “could eat no fat” and she “could eat no lean?” When Xander came to us, he stopped eating. Our Shelter Manager Allison literally took him under her wing. Night after night for over two months, she held and coaxed and pleaded and got that food into him.
It was such a relief when he started eating on his own. Now he’s back to eating several kinds of canned food at least 3 times a day. Though thin, his lush silver coat is shiny and he’s very active. You should see him leap from the top of one cat tree to the other!
Gracie is like Joan Sprat. She was obese when she was surrendered, with the telltale constipation/diarrhea cycle of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Her rear was an open wound as she was unable to reach it to clean herself. It was obvious she was in pain.
We put her on a restricted diet much like Xander’s and the weight came off. The IBS didn’t go away. One of our volunteers, Carol, had cured her cat’s IBS with a raw diet. We put Gracie on a bone broth diet for a week, then transitioned to Rad Cat, a raw diet that replicates what a cat in the wild would eat, with organs and bones ground in. Within a week, her symptoms were better, and within two, they were gone.
Gracie is also now very active, with a shiny coat and a happy litter box. Both she and Xander love to play with Julie, our volunteer who comes in to give them their workouts.
It’s not like they fell in love, but somewhere along the way, Gracie and Xander got used to each other. They’re like an old married couple, with a gentle nose touch one day and a mild squabble the next (usually about food, as Gracie eats very quickly and Xander…does not). They don’t cuddle up, but it’s obvious they’re good companions. We think they’d miss each other if they went home separately.
They both have to be schedule fed at least three times a day…for different reasons, of course! Even though they are technically seniors at 10 and 8, respectively, they’re happy and healthy and ready for their next 10 years.
What you see is what you get with Gracie and Xander. They’ve come this far and have earned being themselves. While they both love to hang out on your lap and be petted, they both have their limits and will let you know. We get the feeling Xander settled in when he knew Gracie was there to protect him.
We are partnering with Best Friends Animal Society to offer reduced fee adoptions for our most overlooked cats and kittens this month. During December, Xander and Gracie can be adopted–together–for $25 each. Xander eats normal canned cat food (we recommend those without by-products) and Gracie’s Rad Cat can be purchased from us at cost. You should find her diet is no more expensive than his.
If you have a mind of your own and appreciate other beings who do, if you want two active, fun feline friends with personality to spare, please come meet the Sprats. Gracie will take care of Xander and has promised not to try to steal his food. Gracie says she’s been waiting a long time to entertain you.
And Xander has been waiting even longer!