By Amy Christiansen Special to Published Jun 28, 2008 at 7:59 AM

Roscoe has character beyond what we've seen in a cat in a very long time.

At just 8 months old, this young cat has gone from abandoned stray to treasured pack member.

Roscoe and his brother Riley were brought to the adoption center several weeks ago and at that time were reckless, unsocial creatures, but they have both quickly matured to be carefree, gentle, playful souls. They were slowly acclimated to morning playgroup and are now a part of the overnight playgroup -- which is a select group of cats allowed to roam the adoption center at night surrounded by toys, soft beds and cat trees.

Roscoe is especially fortunate to have this privilege, as he has a disorder that causes fluid to build in his lungs when he sits for too long -- if he were confined to cage-life, he would be chronically sick. However, with the ability to run and play for the large majority of the day, he is able to keep his lungs clear and stay healthy.

Occasionally, he wheezes, and every once in a while if he sits for too long, he sounds "snorty" (we affectionately call him "Babe" when this happens because he actually does sound like a pig). That is our reminder that he needs to be stimulated with interactive play, and before long, his lungs are clear again.

There is no official diagnosis that our veterinarians have been able to identify, and at this stage there is no medication required or surgery recommended but we cannot guarantee what the future holds.

Ideally, we would like to place the boys together as they love to curl up and nap together and are often found chasing each other through the adoption center after a toy!

Please visit them during open hours at the Southridge Mall adoption center or call to make an appointment! For more information, please visit

Amy Christiansen Special to

Amy Christiansen is the Executive Director of the Companion Animal Resource and Adoption Center (CARAC). CARAC is located in the upper level of Southridge Mall and is dedicated to saving the unclaimed strays from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.

Amy grew up on the South Side of Milwaukee and now lives in Muskego with her husband and son and their three cats and three dogs. She also takes in the occasional foster dog.