Scruffy is a sweet, big Maincoon mix kitty with long brown tabby hair. He showed up at a house in El Mirage around May 2016 as a stray. Poor guy was covered in wounds and his hair was so matted the finder had to completely shave him down. He has already started to grow his gorgeous long hair back nicely and is feeling so much better. Scruffy is a super big love bug and really more of a dog personality than a cat. He loves to follow you around and rub in between your legs. He is always searching out attention. He also does not mind the dogs a bit. Unfortunately Scruffy tested positive for a feline disease called Fiv. It could spread to other cats so Scruffy needs to go with another Fiv positive kitty or be the only spoiled cat in the house. Don't let this disease scare you too much. We think Scruffy is about 9 years old and he has been living with this for some time. (Please read the article below to further understand Fiv.) He occasionally has a stuffy nose every once in awhile and would need to be kept indoors so he is safe from the elements and from predators. This sweet big cuddle bug would love to join a family. He also adores kids and is just overall a great guy with a lot of personality. If you are looking for that perfect lap cat to be your best bud please call Jen #623-210-6578.
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)-What is it?
FIV is Feline immune deficiency Virus. It is one of the two cat blood diseases that cats can get. FELV is the other one. The only way for a cat to become infected with FIV is to be bitten by another positive cat. FELV is different and can be contracted many ways. FIV moms can pass the antibody through to the kittens but not the actual disease. FIV positive kittens are not really infected and have been wrongly euthanized for years due to this lack of knowledge. Information online and through vets all have different information because not much study had been done in the past. If you do a PCR titer test at any age it will always come back negative unless the positive mother actually bit her kittens. (Which there is always that possibility.) FIV also does not have as many "episodes" as I call them compared to FELV where they are doing fine 1 minute and not the next. FIV basically makes them more prone to pick up diseases and makes it harder for them to fight off a simple infection. But they can fight off infection without risk of loosing their life depending on the existing immune system in the individual cat. They can live a normal life without any extreme issues from this disease. For risk of spreading this to other cats they should only go to a home with other positive FIV cats or no cats at all. They can not give this to people or dogs so can live a long happy life with a family and other animals. They should also always stay indoors or in a safe outdoor cat enclosure and never be allowed to wander outside for fear of picking up a sickness or spreading the disease to other neighborhood cats.