He showed up at our doorstep, starving, around Thanksgiving 2016. He was filthy and 6lbs—a large-boned cat who should probably be about 10lbs. The vet put him through one treatment after another, and he's been nursed and attended for many months now, into a healthy, loving companion. He still needs some weight on his bones and someone who can give him lots of love and attention. The more he's fed the more love he gives back.
His vet thinks he could be as old as 10. His teeth are in great shape for a cat who clearly was on the street for quite a while. He is a little head shy but loves his chin rubbed, and has started to roll over on his back to have his belly rubbed, too. He will sleep right by your head, sometimes on your back. He will follow you around devotedly, or at least keep you in sight. He will sit by your leg on the couch. He does get along with other cats we have here, but he will probably do a little better on his own or with just one other cat. He squirms a bit when I clip his nails, but he will tolerate it, and he loves the scratching post. He uses the litter box like a champ and eats almost anything. Salmon seems to be his favorite.
Just this past week he started playing like a kitten: following a toy attached to a string when I drag it up the stairs, and pouncing on random toys scattered on the floor. I think he will become more confident in a forever home with more attention than I can give him here (many other cats) and will continue coming out of his shell.
Please email if you have any questions about Francisco! He is a truly wonderful animal.
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