Victoria (The Royals, Queen Mum)
Victoria is the Queen Mum of The Royal Litter (Albert, Helena, and Leopold) and was a teen-age mommy. We think she came into heat very young and had her litter when she was no more than 8 or 9 months old. She was really just a baby herself, but sadly having babies of her own.
Victoria gave birth to her kittens outside in the bushes between two homes in Gilroy, CA and later moved them under an old, tarped Mustang in the driveway of a nearby home. So often, such very young mom-cats just don’t know what to do with their newborns and refuse to nurse them, or even abandon or kill them. But sweet Victoria took wonderful care of her kittens.
The homeowner that was feeding them appealed for help with this mom and kittens, and FOSMAS stepped in to rescue them. Victoria was friendly enough that she didn’t need to be trapped. She came right out for food and some petting. Her babies held out, though, but were eventually lured into the trap with some tasty canned food and all were trapped over the course of several days. The kittens were only about two months old then.
This Queen Mum obviously had a home at one point, because she is such a friendly, loving little lap-cat. But they didn’t love her enough, because they didn’t spay her or keep her indoors. You can see what a little lover she is in the video. She demands love and attention, and comes running whenever she sees her foster mom or spots a lap. She is a purr factory, very talkative, and her meow is absolutely hilarious!
Unfortunately, Victoria has also tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). Whether she was already FIV+ and her previous owners were irresponsible and let her out anyway, or whether she got it when she went into heat and was out mating, she will now need to be an indoor-only cat forever, and should be an only cat or placed with other FIV+ cats. Alternatively, if your cat has already been vaccinated for FIV you may want to discuss adopting an FIV+ kitty with your veterinarian. FIV is transmitted through deep bite wounds. It cannot be transmitted to humans, dogs, or other non-feline pets. FIV is not a death sentence, and cats with FIV can live a long life. Please see this link at Best Friends for some very good info on FIV: http://bestfriends.org/
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