This little sweetheart, gentleman and lover boy has had a tough journey. We don't know his complete history since kitten-hood, but what we do know pertains to the last fives year or so. Way back when, his current person began feeding him soon after he first appeared. Other cats come to eat at her house and she has helped rescue over a dozen cats! He was very guarded and would not come around for long periods of time.
Unable to catch him when he would come around, she just tried to make sure he had food. At some point a nearby person had him trapped, neutered and released. Recently, he appeared with a wounded rear leg. He was taken to her vet and it's there they learned about his being FIV+. This is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and means a cat with it MAY some day experience lowered immunity and develop illness.
With good nutrition, low stress and lots of love, these cats often have long healthy lives. There are great immune boosting products out there as well. We have placed many and don't hesitate to try to advocate for them and get them homes (deserve same chance as any other cats) and make perfectly wonderful pets! Lucky is fairly young and may have only contracted FIV in recent year or two.
It should be noted this test only indicates exposure to the virus (ie antibodies) which is not the the same thing as having the virus. Additionally, some folks who help TNR cats, opt for FIV vaccination, although uncommon, but if as his case, this would cause a positive reading of the FIV test. His weight is good, he eats well and is otherwise healthy. He has started on a really well researched potent immune booster. His last last vet appointment was first week of February. His leg wound continues to heal well.
Based on his daily sweetness and affectionate disposition, we think he was a pet for someone, even if very briefly. We are almost certain that he was socialized until or beyond weaning and has had human to cat bonding in the past as well. He loves to be touched and petted, greets you at the door, purrs loudly and it is obvious he is craving love and affection. This little gem will give you lots and lots of good company, snuggling and make you glad you are helping a kitty like him.
Lucky will also finish being updated on vaccinations and an additional de-wormer as well as microchipped and he will be ready for a furever home or foster home. He can quite possibly be intermingled with other cats and we will help assess that match, and possibly match him up once contacted. We will learn more about him each day as well.
As with other special needs cats, we try to encourage folks to think about adopting for the sake and benefit of the animal as a strong motivator, not just being fortunate and blessed so much in what they give to us when we adopt for companionship and affection and provide a great home to them! In the words, consider making it a personal mission or calling, to really feel like you have rescued a cat.
Please give this guy a chance at longer life by adopting him! Otherwise he is in dire need of a foster home. Perhaps you can help him into the next phase of his journey toward indoor happy living with someone. Sometimes we even need a very short-term foster for us to get the cat or cats stabalized and a longer term foster can be located.
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