AKA: Big Juicy
AKA: Big Deucey
Type: possibly Snowshoe
Size: Big and Juicy
Approximate Birth Date: May 2014
Adoption Date: May 21, 2017
From what we were told, when Sinatra was found, he was in terrible shape – both medical and physically. All his teeth had been removed. His fur was in such a matted mess, it took two separate bathes to get I’m cleaned up. He was underweight, malnourished, had to be dewormed and tested positive for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) .
He spent over a year in the Humane Society of Walden’s FeLV+ room (sometimes as the only cat in the room). During his time at the shelter, he gained weight.
My kids and I volunteer at the shelter. We like to spend time with the cats brushing and socializing with them. When we would visit the FeLV+ room, Sinatra would craw right into our laps and purr. He was so beautiful and sweet, we instantly bonded with him. By all accounts, he was a favorite of both the staff and volunteers. We could not fathom how he was not adopted sooner.
But we did end up adopting him (and Drax). Sinatra is the reason we now adopt FeLV+ cats.
For 15 months, Sinatra was spoiled with our love and an insane amount of treats. (Although not having ANY teeth did not stop him from chowing down on Temptation treats.) This is how he ended up with the nickname ‘Big Juicy’… He gained almost 3 pounds just on treats!
Sinatra was an awesome cat. We have many funny and sweet memories of him:
- He had a spot next to my computer he would sleep while I work.
- He would sit on my keyboard while I made dinner and would shut down the computer.
- Late night wrestling matches with Drax that would turn into cat washing sessions.
- His loud demanding and melodious meow for treats – and then the ring of Drax’s collar because he knew that if Sinatra meowed, treats were coming.
- He would gently touch my face with his paw when he wanted treats, but I didn’t stop working to give him some.
- And how he always found a way into our bedroom to sleep with his head on Shane’s pillow.
As devastating as it was to lose Sinatra, we do not regret adopting him. The gave us 15 months of love and we will love him for a lifetime.
May 2014 – August 2018
Sinatra was named by one of the shelter staff. I had originally thought it was because of his blue eyes. Later we were told it was because Sinata’s meow was so melodious, it seemed like he was singing.
We decided to keep his name, but because Sinatra was so demanding of food and he was so squishy, I started calling him Big Juicy.