At first she was very defensive, and swiped at anyone, human or feline, who dared to violate her “space”. Now about seven years old, she has mellowed out considerably, and has become more tolerant, can be patted, and even sits with the other cats. Hmmm, maybe the indoor life isn’t so bad after all…. She is healthy and has a good appetite, and eats whatever is offered. Tricia would like a quiet adult home with lots of love and patience, and a few hidey-holes. She would probably get along with other tolerant cats, providing that she could be the boss. She loves to be the center of human attention, and she considers herself to be the queen of the room.
UPDATE: Tricia seems to be contemplating what it means to be a house kitty. It is amazing how friendly she has become. She loves to be patted and turns into a purring machine. She does head butts and nose rubs. When patted along her back, her rear end comes up, as if to say “more, more!” This girl is ready for her new home! Come and visit her – she is waiting to meet you! We prefer to have her go to a home either with no other cats, or with other FIV-positive cats already in residence.
1. The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.
2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.
3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.
4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.
5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.)
6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.
7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.
8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise. To learn more about FIV visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/cat-care-feline-immunodeficiency-virus.html and
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