Hi, my name is Otto, and I’m a 16 lbs bundle of playful adorableness! You don’t have to take my word for it, watch my video and see for yourself!
However, I am FIV positive. There. I said it. FIV is pretty much the equivalent of HIV for humans, but while prejudice against HIV+ people has mostly vanished from civilized societies, FIV+ kitties such as myself still have to battle misconceptions and bias. The good thing is that FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs, so you are totally safe with me. As far as other cats are concerned, FIV will not be transmitted to cats that share a bowl of water, food, or the litter box with me – much like you can’t get infected with HIV if you share a sandwich, drink from the same bottle of water, or use the same toilet seat as an HIV+ person. FIV is transmitted through deep bleeding wounds caused by brutal scratches and bites, so I MUST be kept indoors to avoid any territorial fights with other cats that could end up badly for everyone involved.
I am already 6 years old and FIV has not slowed me down, not even a bit! FIV will not prevent me from living a very long and very normal life. I may or may not become immunodeficient in the future, and if I do become immunodeficient, I will be prone to chronic secondary infections that will come and go. If you choose to adopt me, you will have to commit to taking me to the vet twice a year and be on the lookout for any changes in my behavior and/or energy level, however seemingly insignificant the changes may be.
And why wouldn’t you choose to adopt me, I ask? Now THAT would be silly. You know that your life needs a chubby, snuggly, silly kitty that will warm your lap and entertain you with his feisty antics! Yes, I am on a special diet (z/d prescription diet by Hill’s for Skin/Food Sensitivities) because my skin gets a little raw at times, but it is inexpensive and I do a really good job of eating my food – as the extra inches around my waist clearly indicate.
I am the only cat at my foster mom’s house, so I don’t really know if I’d get along with other cats. I lived on the streets for a while and my rescuer saw me getting picked on, so introductions will have to be very careful. Until I completely adjust to your home and to you though, I would do better as an only cat and dogs are not a good idea. Toddlers startle me, but kids over 5 years old are totally okay!
I tested negative for FeLV (phew!), I am up to date on all my shots and neutered, so I am ready to go home with you. Please consider giving me a second chance in life by making me a part of your family… I’m keeper, I promise. Email email@example.com to ask about me!
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