Visitors to Marina Hills Animal Hospital may notice a blur of black fur scatter by, and it’s not an escapee.
It’s Franger, and he “works” there.
It’s the perfect spot for an occasionally ill cat to spend his nine lives.
Franger was a shelter kitty 10 years ago. Marina Hills’ veterinarian Dr. Clayton Simon neutered him, and when he had trouble waking up from his anesthesia, the shelter declared him not a good candidate for adoption, said receptionist Diana Cardona.
Simon swooped him up, took him home, where he discovered his then-2-year-old was allergic to cats, Cardona said. But he stayed long enough to get named.
Simon and wife Mary were watching Frasier on TV and thought it a great name, but the aforementioned toddler couldn’t pronounce it, she said.
When Franger took ill, Simon sent him to the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital in San Diego where he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, Cardona said.
“He wound up getting some pretty quality care,” she said.
A 10-year fixture at the animal hospital, Franger has learned to be self-sufficient. When he’s thirsty, he works the hands-free sink with sensors to get a drink, said receptionist Tanwnya Armstrong.
“He helps us on the keyboard. He quote-unquote helps us,” Armstrong said.
It’s a cat’s life.