Tuck arrived at a feral colony in May, drawn to the steady supply of food and fresh water provided by ALF volunteers. Before long he let us know that he's a tame cat, so we brought him in for placement. Tuck is SO happy to be off the streets, living safely inside again. He's likely another victim of loss of housing, and was left behind to fend for himself. No "Found Cat" ads have been answered, and Tuck does not have a microchip.
He is, however, already neutered, and quite the lover boy! Very gentle, and got along quite well with the cats in his colony. He's also unconcerned with the other dogs, cats, and people at Petco where he was tested and vaccinated.
Tuck is about 3 years old, and in good health, just waiting for that special someone to give him a promise of unconditional love. Someone who won't move away and leave him behind. Who will keep him safely inside at all times, and commit to him through any changes that life brings about.
He tested negative for Heartworm and Feline Leukemia, but does show a positive on initial FIV testing, though Tuck shows absolutely NO symptoms of this condition. This is possible if he was vaccinated against FIV at some point in the past, but without an owner coming forward to provide his medical history, there's no way to know if it's due to a prior vaccination. A more in-depth Western Blot test can be performed by most vets. This is not required.
Cats with FIV can live long and healthy lives, and the disease may never become active. They should be fed a high-quality diet to support a healthy immune system.
They should be inside-only cats. They can live with other cats who are also positive, or with docile cats where there is no fighting. FIV is spread through sex (which he won't be having), and deep, penetrating bite wounds. These types of wounds typically occur with territorial fighting between unneutered tomcats. FIV is not spread through any type of casual contact, like sharing litter pans and food or water, or even grooming each other and playing.
More information can be found at http://www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/petcare/cats_fiv.cfm.
Please submit an online adoption application if you would like to meet Tuck. If you are unable to adopt at this time, please consider making a donation to help us continue to care for cats such as this one. We do not recover any costs associated with spaying and neutering, and often treating illness or injury, and the lifelong feeding of many other cats who are not as lucky as this one. Click here to make a donation to ALF. Thank you for your interest in helping homeless animals.
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