Posts Tagged ‘FIV+ cats’
Jagger asked, “When is she coming back?” Little did Jagger know, his elderly owner had passed away. Still he waited under the home he lived most of his life until new owners moved into the house. A neighbor knew Jagger’s story, told the new owners and the new owners decided to bring Jagger to the ACF.
Jagger is about 5-6 years old and we are desperately seeking a foster home for him. He was tested positive for FIV and he not thriving well in the facility. Though he is a total love bug he is not interested in food or water. We feel that if he is in a home setting he will start to eat and drink well. We are looking for someone who is cat savvy and who has a quiet home to help ease Jagger into the healing process.
FIV+ cats can live for many years if they’re kept indoors, given lots of love, and with the help of inexpensive medicine. They are not marked for death if you’re able to take initiative action by giving them a home and giving them a chance to live a life as a normal cat. The only way cats can get FIV is either from a deep wound bite from an already infected cat or from the vaccine itself. In the case of Jagger, we will never truly know.
Jagger is very loving once you uncover him from his blanket, the moment you touch him, he will purr up a storm. He loves to snuggle in the crook of your arm as he rolls for a belly rub.
Though the future is uncertain for Jagger, we are hoping that when he gets a foster home, he will thrive and be the best companion that he can be. Is there room in your heart and your home to foster Jagger?
Alex, our male orange tabby, and Mace, our multicolored tabby, were relinquished when their owner passed away. They are both 9-years-old and have lived together all of their lives. But there is something special about Alex; he is FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) positive and you would have never guessed it. FIV is a misunderstood disease and a lot of cats are put down because of it. It is only passed from cats to cats through bite wounds from fights with tom cats and can not be passed to other species (i.e. humans or canines). Cats with FIV can live a healthy 18- 20 years just like normal cats with treatment, a healthy diet, and a healthy lifestyle and can also live with non-infected cats. We aren’t sure how Alex got infected with FIV, but he is as healthy as can be and has been living with Mace all of his life. Read the rest of this entry »
Luke is one of our special cats that touches your heart when you meet him. He is very loving and very laid back. He loves to lounge on his cat tree, and he will purr “Hello!” to you when he greets you. You would have never guessed that just by looking at him that he has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV is a lentivirus, meaning that it progresses very slowly, gradually affecting a cat’s immune system. 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 passed through blood transfusion and serious bite wounds from one infected cat to another. It can not be passed from cat to human.
FIV shouldn’t hold Luke back from being adopted because cats who are FIV+ can live a healthy 18-21 years with the right treatments and medicines. Luke was doomed to be put down because of his disease, but one of our cat petters decided that Luke can have a second chance at life and a chance to be adopted. Luke is going to go on a road trip soon to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. He will be able to get pets, lay in the sun and watch birds and wild turkeys from his room, along with being able to lounge on a cat tree or cubby, which Luke loves to do. We will keep you updated on his future progress and hopefully, future adoption.
To get more information on FIV+ check out this link.