Meatloaf has never had it easy. In fact, the colossal feline always seemed to be a hair ahead of his ninth existence.
Animal control authorities discovered him on the streets of Clewiston, Florida, shortly before Thanksgiving, indicating that it had finally caught up with him.
Meatloaf was placed on a cold table at a shelter when no one claimed him, and workers planned to euthanize him.
Megan Sorbara, head of the Naples Cat Alliance, tells The Dodo, “He was deemed a stray cat and useless.”
Sorbara, on the other hand, had seen a Meatloaf post on social media.
“I just thought, ‘You know what? He has the funniest little face.’” He’s most likely a gentle giant, as are most of them,’ she adds.
Someone rushed through the door to save him when he was in the room he wasn’t supposed to be in. He’d be assigned to the rescue mission.
It was evident right away that Meatloaf had no baggage from his tumultuous background.
He was every inch the gentle giant Sorbara expected him to be, weighing in at 18 pounds.
She describes him as “the greatest lovey-dovey.”
Susan Schumann-Skehan, a volunteer with the shelter, brought in five cat beds a few weeks ago. They were designed for ferrets, but she thought the kittens at the shelter would enjoy snuggling in them.
“She carried them in and placed them down,” Sorbara explains, “and the next thing you know, all the big cats are in them.”
Even the enormous feline.
The kittens were never given the opportunity to use the beds. They didn’t appear to care, according to Sorbara.
The elder cats, on the other hand, who had all come from a terrible past, were eager to try out the gentle life.
Even if it required a particularly tight squeeze in certain circumstances.
“I believe kids enjoy these cramped spaces because they make them feel safe,” Sorbara explains.
And for a cat like Meatloaf, that sensation has been quite difficult to come by.
Meatloaf, like all the cats at the Naples Cat Alliance, is hoping for the most gentle landing possible: a permanent home.