Meet Rocky
Animal ID 49669653 
Species Cat 
Breed Domestic Longhair/Mix 
Age 15 years 2 months 16 days 
Gender Male 
Size Large 
Color White/Grey 
Spayed/Neutered  
Declawed No 
Housetrained Yes 
Site Valley Humane Society 
Location Foster 
Intake Date 2/26/2022 
Adoption Price $100.00 
Rocky is pretty unflappable. He has a majestic ‘maine coon' personality, chill but in a loving, quiet way. If he could say one thing, it probably would be "Why yes, I'd love to share your chair and I'll reward you with my quiet purr". Rocky is fastidious with the litter box, a neat eater, easy to medicate and companionable with his friend Pinky and with humans.

Rocky and a housemate were surrendered to Valley Humane on 2/26 after their senior owner had to move into assisted living. He has flourished in foster care and can often be found on his caregiver's lap next to his buddy, Pinky.

Rocky was noted to have IRIS stage 1 kidney disease. This means that the kidneys are not able to do at least some of the tasks they are supposed to do as well as they are supposed to do them. At this time, Rocky will need to be on a special prescription kidney diet and his kidney parameters should be elevated every 3-12 months.

Rocky has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition characterized by thickening of the heart muscle. The thickened muscle interferes with normal blood flow through the heart which can lead to an audible heart murmur (present in this cat) as well as possible heart failure or embolic events. This cat is currently on Aspirin, a medication to help decrease the risk of an embolic event. Medication will probably be life-long and other medications may be needed to slow progression of this condition. The prognosis is difficult to determine. Cats can progress rapidly or may live a normal life. Thromboembolism (having a blood clot lodge in the lungs, spine or other areas) is a severe, uncommon complication of HCM recognized by sudden severe pain and often paralysis or difficulty breathing. It is important to have any changes in behavior or action evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as you notice them.

Rocky was diagnosed and is being treated for Hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is a hormonal disease in older cats, where the thyroid glands produce an excessive amount of thyroid hormone. Signs may include extreme weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea, elevated heart rate and cardiac issues, liver changes, among other signs. Medication will be life long and is given twice daily.

Valley Humane conducts adoptions by appointment only. If you would like to adopt Rocky, please complete an Adoption Inquiry Form (copy and paste the following URL into your browser), https://valleyhumane.org/adoption/adoption-inquiry-form/

An adoption counselor will reach out via telephone to conduct an adoption interview. Once you have submitted your application, stand by to answer our call! Animals posted to the website are ready to go home and applicants are usually called the same day as the Inquiry Form is received. If approved, we will schedule an adoption appointment for you, your family and the animal at our facility in Pleasanton. Adoption appointments are typically scheduled within 24 hours of the phone interview; applicants should be ready to bring a new pet into their home. We do often receive multiple inquiries per animal; all applicants will be contacted by Valley Humane, if not by phone, then email. If you have questions on your application status, please call us at 925.426.8656.

https://valleyhumane.org/safe-adoption-guidelines/