Frankie Sad Eyes Rules With An Iron Paw

Remember Frankie, the 11-year-old cat who was surrendered by his human and looked so sad, only someone with a heart of stone wouldn’t be moved by his predicament?

Frankie Sad Eyes has been living with the good people at Tabby’s Place for the past few months, with the staff attending to a few health and behavioral issues as they look for a proper home for the little guy.

While Frankie may look sad, he’s got the spirit of a little tiger, and he’s discriminating when it comes to making friends with his own kind. Staff got him settled into the spacious Community Room at the shelter and put him on behavior medication, which helped things simmer down.

All was well “until Tabby’s Place committed a serious error, at least as far as Frankie is concerned,” Tabby’s Place staffer Stephanie wrote in a blog post.

That error? Introducing a pair of bonded cats to the Community Room. Frankie didn’t take to Ralph and S’Mores, and “developed a reputation for stalking” the latter kitty, revealing his inner predator.

Frankie Sad Eyes
The ferocious feline has piercing blue eyes and uses his glare to make sure other kitties know he’s not to be messed with. Credit: Tabby’s Place

“Things got so bad one day that a staffer put Frankie in a stroller and took him outside to be near her as she worked so S’Mores could get a break,” Stephanie wrote. “Obviously, this cannot continue. But it is not the first difficult introduction we’ve had, and we’re very lucky in that we have options. It happens not infrequently that we move cats from one area to another; sometimes felines, like people, just don’t get along, and moving one to another suite can be a simple and effective solution.”

That’s just what the staff did with Frankie, moving him to the lobby “in the hopes that this higher-energy environment will offer him a little more stimulation (and that he won’t seek “stimulation” in the form of ‘torturing one’s neighbors’),” Angela Hartley, development director at Tabby’s Place, told PITB. “There are a number of zesty cats living in the lobby, so hopefully this will be a congenial crew for Frankie.”

(Here at PITB we suspect S’Mores was quietly instigating the confrontations. Frankie could never be the aggressor. Just look at that innocent face!)

Maybe it’s the cat equivalent of getting moved from a less-eventful cell block to one where the bad boys are kept, except the “cells” are spacious rooms with lots of toys and prime lounging spots, and the staff aren’t COs, but loving employees and volunteers who do their best to keep the cats happy, knowing they’re making a major adjustment to shelter life.

Encouragingly, Frankie seemed to make a friend or two before his move, even sharing a sunny window ledge with a cat named Shelley.

While Frankie would do best as the only cat in his future home, since he doesn’t like sharing the crown, his acceptance of Shelley and a few others show he’s at heart a social animal too. He just prefers humans, perhaps because we know our place is to serve him and his kind.

Frankie Sad Eyes
The little guy boasts regal looks.

We wondered whether Frankie’s sometimes disagreeable disposition was the result of the trauma associated with losing his longtime home after 11 years.

“You know, it’s admittedly hard to speculate about Frankie’s motivations.  He’s far from the first cat we’ve welcomed to Tabby’s Place after losing their homes, and most of them are…not Frankie-esque,” Hartley told us. “I’d be more inclined to guess that he’s always been a bit of a firecracker, but having a whole peanut gallery of feline neighbors only amplifies his exuberance.”

Here’s to hoping Frankie finds his new roommates more to his liking as he waits for a human who will return his world to its rightful order by doting on him.

Potential human servants who are interested in adopting Frankie can fill out an application online. Please note Tabby’s Place is in Ringoes, NJ, about 60 miles southeast of Manhattan.

All images courtesy of Tabby’s Place.

10 thoughts on “Frankie Sad Eyes Rules With An Iron Paw”

  1. Frankie is absolutely beautiful! He also has a strong personality and needs a kind, patient caregiver. I’d take Frankie in a minute if I lived in the area and didn’t have other pets.

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  2. Poor Frankie…iss NOT easy to bee given up at this ae….mee iss only a yeer younger an it wuud bee pawfull if mee had to leeve BellaSita Mum!
    With her poor health; shee has considered this opshun a few timess….shee meowed to mee, shee cuud npt live with herself if shee sent me to THE Rescue….An mee LIKESS THE people who own an run it…
    So Frankie beein touchie iss no sirprize….iss hard to start all over again….
    That iss sumthing catss an Hu’manss share: Reestartin getss harder as wee age!
    Guud Luck Frankie!
    ~~~head rubss~~~BellaDharma~~~ an ((hugss)) BellaSita Mum

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    1. I know some people are forced to give up their pets when they enter care homes or they’re in long-term rehab. I think that’s awful. It adds another trauma on top of the trauma they’re already suffering with loss of independence or a major injury, and studies have repeatedly shown that pets raise spirits, alleviate stress and help people recover.

      In an age when hospitals have robots that disinfect rooms with sterilizing beams, it should be relatively trivial to allow at least a limited number of pets.

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      1. You meowed THAT rite Big Buddy an Buddy!! BellaSita needss knee surgery so badly butt shee iss wurried shee will not due wll (lon list of issuess). An shee wuud go to peecess if mee had to bee surrendered so shee has put deelin with her kneess off… Iss all so furustratin mee can meow to youss’!!!

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      2. What’s your friend and relative situation like? Would you be able to convalesce at home, or would you have to spend time in rehab?

        I wonder if a group like My Grandfather’s Cat could help you. It’s not their mission to temporarily care for pets, but your situation is pretty common, and the best interests of the cat is always to stay with the person they love and are bonded to.

        I will ask around and see if anyone has good suggestions.

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      3. Wee due have a temporary Sheltur place fore Poochiess an Kittiess where mee cuud go, butt mee does not due well away from BellaSita…
        At leest SMILE place ISS an opshun…
        No rellytivess. An all BellaSita’ss frendss are older than her an have own issuess or ailin spousess….
        What wuud bee GRATE wuud bee a purrson to come inn an help BellaSita sum an take care of mee (as long as mee liked THAT purrson). Aunty Sheila wuud come inn fore mee; not sure shee cuud take care of BellaSita!
        Iss a REEL conundrum Buddy an Big Buddy!

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