A place to call his own

Some people think that cats are curious, and they’d be right. They may also think our feline friends are mysterious, but is that really true? Nate, a 7-year-old Domestic Shorthaired brown tabby, has a whole lot going on behind those gorgeous green eyes, but this sweet cat wants what we all do … love, a family and a place to call home.

Nate originally came to the Dumb Friends League in 2015 after another cat in the home decided Nate had overstayed his welcome, and things needed to change. Oh sure, every relationship is unique, which means that disagreements happen and are varied even in the feline world, but Nate’s owner decided to relinquish him.

Affectionate, shy, wary, but very sweet when he opens up were some of the words used to describe Nate during his stay at the League. This good-natured, loving boy adored being brushed and handled, gently, that is, but he did have a few challenges (don’t we all?), such as carrying a few extra pounds, having gingivitis, needing some dental work and suffering from ear mites. After fixing his medical issues he was placed up for adoption.

It turned out to be serendipitous that Nate was returned to the League when he found a new home, one with some activity for stimulation but also plenty of opportunities to get away from it all and have some alone time when he wanted, which is another way Nate is just like us!

In April 2018, Nate and his feline sister, Elly, entered the Pet Guardianship program. Members of the League’s Dr. Mary E. Bates Founders Society, which is open to anyone who has included the League in their estate plans, can enroll their pets in the program and designate the League as temporary guardian for pets that outlive them.

The Pet Guardianship program is how sweet Nate returned to the League’s care for a second time when his owner passed away. During his pet admission check-up, the League’s veterinarians suspected Nate had feline lower urinary tract disease. While the cause of this condition is unknown, symptoms include vocalization in the litter box, straining to urinate, blood in the urine and occasionally urinating outside the litter box—all signs Nate showed, so this large cat with a beautiful Bengal face and a silky striped coat began a diet of Hill’s® Prescription Diet® c/d®.

The years Nate was away from the League did not change his laid-back disposition, and his health issues did not affect his temperament. He remained calm and content to lounge on his back next to his favorite person.

While he waited for his next chapter, Nate spent time with a foster family. This well-behaved cat adjusted well and enjoyed spending time with his canine and feline housemates after they got to know one another. Nate’s foster mom said he purred like a lion while doing his favorite things of stretching out and rolling on the carpet and playing. He seemed to recognize he had a curvy tummy and appreciated a bit of exercise like chasing feather wands. Nate continued his diet of Hill’s® Prescription Diet® c/d®, and let’s just say, this boy enjoyed a good meal.

It didn’t take long for Nate to be adopted and find a new forever family. He now shares a home with two senior dogs and a golden macaw who knows about 400 words and likes to chat with (or perhaps to?) the animals. Today, Nate’s somewhat turbulent life has settled into a comfortable routine, and his health has stabilized. No mystery here, Nate has found a new place to call his own.