RAPS cats come by their names in a variety of ways. Some come with names, while others either never had human names or can’t tell us what name their former people used to call them. These are given names when they arrive at the sanctuary.
Here’s what the photo caption on the gallery page says about Franko:
“I’m named after the nice man who found me. There, now the name story is out of the way – RUB MY BELLY!”
“Franko, a large brown tabby and white male, stopped eating and became lethargic. A blood panel showed severe lipidosis, a liver problem caused by his failure to eat. Our vet put Franko on IV and we visited him daily to provide love and to coax him to eat. His condition worsened and he became thin, frail and barely responsive, but we weren’t willing to give up on him. The vet tube fed Franko twice daily and continued to administer medication for his liver. Franko began to improve and was able to spend brief periods out of his cage for exercise. Our vet noticed that the cat held his neck tipped to one side, a position characteristic of potassium deficiency, and began supplements. Franko’s recovery escalated and, after five weeks of hospitalization, he was able to return to our sanctuary.
These days, doing well and free to roam around the sanctuary, Franko seems a long way from the sickly, almost unresponsive cat Leslie describes above. Today’s Franko has a lot more in common with the cheerful upside down cat from the old RAPS gallery picture. All about warm laps and cuddles.