But Karen Brown, a veterinarian at Collier Domestic Animal Services, had another idea. She thought Roger might just need someone to put a little faith, maybe for the first time, in this forlorn feline.
Along with steady dosage of a steroid called prednisone.
"It was because of her, Roger is still alive," Megan Sorbara, president of the Naples Cat Alliance, tells The Dodo.
Indeed, the injections brought a startling change in Roger. He began to move his legs again.
It gave him the traction he needed to send his caretakers a very clear indication that yes, he most certainly wanted to hold onto this life.
So the shelter called the Naples Cat Alliance, where, for the last eight months, Roger has been turning baby steps into flying leaps.