Shelter: Josephs Legacy
Pet Description: Boo will be going to My Furry Valentine in hopes of finding the perfect forever home. He is a really special case, on multiple occasions I almost lost Boo. He was fighting many different infections that were attacking his body, he had large open wounds and struggled. Though he struggled, Boo never gave up. He has always had a strong appetite, always offered up purrs for attention and never once gave up fighting for his life. He is FIV+ and estimated to be between 8-10 years old. He has 3 legs because one was so badly broken and infected that there was no saving it. Boo has had a really long road to recovery but he is FINALLY healthy (the first picture is him NOW. Others are along his journey to get there), his beautiful coat is coming back, weight packing on and he’s as happy as he has ever been! Boo gets along perfectly with other cats, dogs and loves children (if they are GENTLE natured children ). Let’s talk about FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) as it is a widely misunderstood condition. Many people think that it’s easily spread, makes cats very sick, and that they have a lower life expectancy, so they are not often adopted. This is far from the truth! FIV is NOT spread through casual contact such as shared food/water/litter, mutual grooming, or playing. It is most commonly spread through deep, vicious bite wounds typically inflicted by intact toms fighting on the streets over food, females, or territory. If a cat has been spayed or neutered, they are unlikely to fight in this manner, and if the population is stable (no serious fighting), FIV+ cats can live with non-infected cats. FIV+ cats can live as long and healthy a life as non-infected cats. This doesn’t mean they will never become ill; they are, after all immunocompromised, so illnesses can be easier to catch and harder to fight off. They have the same needs as any other cat: high quality nutrition, a clean, stress-free, strictly indoor environment, regular veterinary visits (two times per year recommended), and lots of love. If they should become ill, they are generally treated earlier, longer, and more aggressively than non-immunocompromised cats (meaning they need to see the vet at the very first sign of illness and may be on a stronger medication or on medication for a longer period of time). Please consider opening up your heart and home to Boo or any other FIV+ cat! Come visit Boo at the Josephs Legacy booth in the cat room during My Furry Valentine. I will be a very picky and very happy to tell you all about him and what FIV means.