Frankie is around 9 years old. He is a Siamese/Tabby mix with adorable tabby stripes and the Siamese cream color and big, blue eyes.
Frank came to me when I was a junior in college. I had transferred schools and didn’t know anyone in Madison and was feeling super lonely. My parents were friends with the vet tech at the clinic who fostered cats, and she told them she had one of the best cats. She was right! I remember the first time Frankie and I met. He was so confident and walked right up to me as if he was the one deciding if I met his needs. I remember how he just sat right in front of me, looked up at me with those big, blue eyes and I knew he was going to be my best friend. I think he knew it, too! From the moment I adopted him, he has become sort of a living legend. Old friends always seem to ask how Frankie is doing and are quick to share a funny memory of him. He’s inspired many “non cat” people into adopting at least one cat. He is a good ambassador of the feline species!
Frankie’s favorite things are: mom’s lap, food, and cat nip (the fresh stuff – he’s not into dried nip). I have about 30 seconds from the time I sit anywhere to Frankie being on my lap. In the colder months, I have about the same amount of time when I get into bed to have the covers lifted and ready for him to crawl under and sleep on my side. I am, without a doubt, his best friend and he is mine!
There are so many favorite stories about Frankie! It’s so hard to pick just one! He loves to play fetch and “regulate” our dog when she gets too loud. He will stand on something higher up and take swings and yell at her as she passes by him barking. He always feels the need to maintain order in his house when my parents visit with their dogs. Most of Frankie’s visits to the Animal Wellness Center have been for routine check-ups. However, the past few months have been very stressful for him. He stopped eating, so we brought him in for an appointment with Dr. Ambrose and things were looking very bad for a couple of weeks. After a full exam, blood work, ultrasound, endoscopy, and x-rays we found out that he has kitty IDBD, not cancer as the other tests suggested. I will never forget the phone call from Dr. Ambrose telling us about the endoscopy results. I don’t know which one of us was more excited! Throughout this experience with Frankie, it made me realize how lucky we are to have such a caring team giving my babies the best treatment.
Best of all, we have always felt so supported and truly empowered to choose the treatment we wanted for Frankie and never felt pressured into anything. The same can be said when we went through another illness with our dog, Bailey. The staff have always made it seem like my babies are theirs and it’s appreciated more than they know!