I am already neutered, a special needs pet, up to date with shots, and good with cats.
Leo was rescued from Animal Control. Leo is a wonderfully natured boy who loves everyone he meets. He has a laid back nature and is gentle and kind spirited. Leo is a large size cat, approx 18 lbs. He was badly matted when we rescued him and had to be shaved into a lion cut but his coat is growing back nicely. Sadly, Leo tested postitive for FIV (Feline Immune Virus). He would have to be the only cat in the household or be a companion to another cat with FIV. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus(FIV) has been associated with cats for many years, although it was only labelled as such as recently as 1986. The virus depletes the number of white blood cells, which eventually makes the cat less able to fight off infection. However, because it is such a slow acting virus many FIV positive cats can enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health problems resulting from the virus. IMPORTANT: FIV is species specific, so can only be transmitted from cat to cat, and not to humans or other animals. FIV is not easily passed from cat to cat. The virus is very fragile and doesn't last long outside the body. The main route of infection is through biting, when the virus in the saliva of an infected cat, is injected directly into the blood stream of the cat it bites. Research suggests the likelihood of cats passing on FIV to others in the same household is as low as 1 - 2%.
Regardless, FIV cats find it harder than most to find new homes, even though in all other respects they are normal, loving cats, and deserve a chance at a happy life.
We hope that Leo finds a loving home that he deserves as he is a special, sweet and loving boy.