By Rachel Stewart
SPCA of Northern Nevada Adoption Counselor
Lucy is our oldest resident cat here at the SPCA of Northern Nevada adoption center. She has been here since March 1st. 2016. She is 14 years and 10 months old. She is diabetic, so she requires a special diet food that her adopter will need to get a prescription for through a veterinarian. Other than Lucy’s, diabetic needs, she is a normal, well behaved and loving girl.
Lucy has been living in a cat colony during most of her time here. She doesn’t mind other cats at all! She doesn’t necessarily go out of her way to actively play with the other residence, but she certainly doesn’t mind sharing her space with other kitty roommates. She’s very low energy and just looking for a home where she can live out the rest of her golden years as world’s best couch potato! She loves sun bathing on the window ledges and a good pet behind the ear or under her chin from time to time. She’s an independent gal that’s lookin’ for a little respect and some genuine lovin’ that she so desperately needs and deserves. Lucy is a pretty “robust” kitty, so picking her up can be an uncomfortable experience for her, causing her to get a little grumpy. We’re not sure how well she’d do in a home with dogs, but children should be fine as long as she doesn’t become too overstimulated with petting and love.
We are so incredibly thankful that Lucy has had patience with us in trying to find her a home. She seems to have adjusted as well as she can to a stressful, shelter environment; however 13 months later I’m sure she’s ready to blow this popsicle stand!
Once the adopter gets the prescription, the food can be bought at specialty pet stores such as Petsmart, Petco and even from Chewy.com! DM (Dietetic Management) food is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. It is also rich in antioxidant nutrients. The food can range in price anywhere from between $30- $60 depending on the type (wet vs. dry) and the amount. Lucy will also require insulin shots twice a day for the rest of her life, also prescribed by a vet. Prices will vary with vets.