Larry is a cute little black and white tuxedo kitty with an adorable face and little white blaze, about 1½ years old. When he arrived, he was very scared and hid under his bed. Within only a few days, he was much more social and could be patted and cuddled. Larry has regained his confidence and now loves people -- he purrs and cuddles and runs and climbs. He is the welcoming committee for anyone coming into the room.
Larry has a good appetite and has gained almost 1½ pounds during his incarceration. If one feeds him first, since he meows for food, he is ready for seconds before all the others have had firsts. He will climb on your shoulder and purr and do head butts. He seems to be agreeable with other cats. If you are looking for a new playmate for your FIV-positive cat, then maybe Larry would be a good fit. Come and meet this little sweetheart!
We prefer to have these cats go to homes 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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