Maybe Sylvester wasn’t a big, tough guy after all.
Because there he was, cradled in the arms of a new human pal, happily watching a bird show on TV at the Connecticut Humane Society.
Until recently, the 11-year-old cat had been outdoors for years and was used to looking out for himself, arguing with other cats, and sensing when danger was nearby. Sylvester lived in a colony of outdoor cats and was fed by a caretaker. Over the years, he grew friendlier, especially when it was mealtime, but seemed content with his outside life.
Until one day when he felt too sick to move off of the street when a car was coming. Luckily, the woman who looked after Sylvester—and also happened to be a CHS volunteer—saw him in time. Sylvester let her pick him up and get him out of harm’s way. But something was clearly wrong. He didn’t want to eat. It was time to get him medical care and see if he could become an indoor kitty.
It seems Sylvester was ready–he made “biscuits” with his paws during his first veterinary exam. He knew he needed help.
Sylvester was in pain from a mouthful of bad teeth and a dental condition that was growing worse, he had a parasite, and he was FIV positive, which meant he had a weak immune system due to a virus. He got medication to start him on the path to recovery, as well as surgery to remove all of his teeth. Three days after his operation, he was already happier and eating well.
It can be harder to adopt out an older kitty with a chronic medical condition like FIV. And Sylvester did take a bit of extra time to find his right person. He gained some guardian angels along the way, including a kind-hearted group of family and friends who donated in memory of their own great cat who touched their lives.
But when that right person came along and hoped for a tuxedo kitty who looked like his previous cat, Sylvester was the one for him. Now Sylvester is off to live the indoor life with (hopefully) some more bird TV in his future.