Here’s the boy who had a thyroid problem, he was “hyperthyroid” which means he was producing too many thyroid hormones. Radioactive Iodine is an unusual but simple therapy and he is now entirely free from thyroid troubles forever!
We called him Radio Cat after his treatment and it suited his goofy nature. He started gaining weight. He had dipped below 6 pounds and now is up to 10 and he will continue to gain more. He is a long bodied, long necked, long legged BIG BOY.
When we first saw Oliver he had very little fur at all except on his fuzzy tail. This was caused by his untreated thyroid troubles. Then, when medicated, he scratched what there was of his fur out. He looked like a hot, skinny mess. His coat is coming in now and it is already longer than we have seen it. What is unusual about Oliver is that he has a “Shaded Coat.” Black Shaded means that on the surface his coat looks solid black but if you brush it backwards- tail to head- it shows a white or grey color underneath. These cats are usually, but not always, specially bred for this sought after trait.
In the photo’s below you can see a very silky, soft coat of black and white as his fur is growing back. It takes a while for longer hair to grow longer -of course. How long will it end up? I would guess he will have medium length hair, which is typical of Maine Coons. To adopt him now is to adopt a surprise package because no one knows how furry he will end up. He will be big – that is for sure. Green eyes, pink nose , long long white whiskers. He has a little black goatee under his chin, four white feet and a long, long tail. His new family must agree to send us a photograph of him in a year. I think he will be a very magnificent looking large cat with a striking shaded coat.
He is a character in personality and as well as in looks. First of all let me say he LOVES catnip and will roll around in it like a nutcase ( see upside down Radio Cat in photo.) He likes to be with humans and explore the world with them, he will do chores with you. He still has kitten spirit in him and he will get into everything. He is a nice, easy going guy who loves to press his head in your hand. He loves treats and will do anything for them. It has been a hard six months or more for him and as he feels better I think he is becoming a bit restless with the confines of his foster home room. He was found thin and dusty in a field by some nice folks whose vet first diagnosed his thyroid trouble. After a week they could keep him no more and he went to the shelter. I am sure they did not realize the jeopardy he would be in. He has not had a good year. Radio Cat is coming into his own again and it is lovely to watch him have fun. He will definitely entertain his new family with his personality, his loving nature and his expressive nuttiness.
One thing, he does not want to be around other cats. I don’t know how he is with dogs but cats bother him and he needs to be the only cat in his new home. He loves to watch birds out his window but we have seen no desire in him to go outside. He wants to be a companion to his human. I think he would not do well in a small apartment with a human who was gone a 40 hour week. He wants his humans to be around. He needs space. He is a family cat for a home with medium to older children or a human who stays home or works from home and wants a great funny companion.
Radio Cat eats wet and dry food and is litterbox perfect.
His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.
For more information, contact Harriet, at (831) 336-2983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or send an Adoption Application. If you are unable to reach Harriet by phone or email, email us at Info@purebredsplus.org.
NOTE: We prefer families with children bring them to the adoption appointment. Why? This allows interaction between the children and the cat. This helps ensure they will be a good fit for each other. A mismatch between a child and a cat is not in anyone’s best interest!