Pet of the Week: Frances the quiet wonder

By Ryan Cornell

WINCHESTER — Frances might not be caught up on Game of Thrones yet, but she’s the perfect binge TV watching partner.

The 3-year-old short hair calico is one of 88 cats at the Winchester Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in need of a family.

“She likes to lounge,” said Cat Kennel Manager Angie Meray. “To describe her in a word, she’s a little couch potato.”

Frances arrived at the Winchester SPCA in February with an upper respiratory infection and a mysterious condition that left her previous owners puzzled.

“She had a depressed attitude, she was vomiting, she wasn’t eating, she wasn’t drinking, she was very stressed out,” said Meray. “Her temp was going up and down.”

Frances was diagnosed with saddle thrombus, a condition exclusive to felines when blood clots form where the aorta splits into two smaller arteries leading to the tissues of the rear legs. This can lead to severe pain, disuse of the legs and severe damage to tissues, blood vessels and nerves.

Frances is all better now and is kept near the back of the shelter, away from the barks of neighboring dogs and the daily kerfuffle of visitors. She likes it that way.

Meray, who described the cat as laid-back and relaxed, said Frances is best suited for an older couple’s home.

“She likes it quiet,” Meray said. “She would do well with older children, but she wouldn’t do well with younger ones who want to pick her up and hold her and play with her. She’s not going to tolerate that.”

Frances is spayed and has every vaccination except for rabies. The cost for adopting her is $95.

Anyone interested in adopting Frances can contact the Winchester SPCA at 540-662-8616. For more information, visit the shelter at 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, or

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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