Born: August 4, 2016 (estimate based on day we rescued and vet estimation of age)
Health: He has had vaccines and will be neutered August 18, 2018.
Temperament: Very sweet
Blue is our Ambassador for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Blue was rescued from a busy area of Paris Tennessee. When we first saw him in the Huddle House parking lot, he looked very sad and it was evident he had been homeless for quite some time. He was very bloated but also very skinny which was a clear indicator of malnutrition. He had fleas, ear mites, and was unaltered. We happen to have some canned food in our car that we gave him immediately.
We named him Blue for his piercing blue eyes and his sad expression when we saw him. Blue is beginning to settle in to his new home and purrs constantly. He is a sweet boy who enjoys eating, napping, and looking out the window.
His first vet appointment revealed that he has the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
Here is some information on FIV from Cornell Feline Health Center (2018):
In infected cats, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) attacks the immune system, leaving the cat vulnerable to many other infections. Although cats infected with FIV may appear normal for years, they eventually suffer from this immune deficiency, which allows normally harmless bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi found in the everyday environment to potentially cause severe illnesses. The median survival time for a cat diagnosed with FIV is approximately five years.
The primary mode of transmission for FIV is through bite wounds. Casual, non-aggressive contact does not appear to be an efficient route of spreading the virus. As a result, cats in households with stable social structures where housemates do not fight are at little risk of acquiring FIV infections. On rare occasions infection is transmitted from an infected mother cat to her kittens, usually during passage through the birth canal or when the newborn kittens ingest infected milk. Sexual contact is not a major means of spreading FIV.
We are saddened Blue has FIV but are determined to keep him as happy, healthy, and safe as we can for the remainder of his life. Our difficulty will be keeping him mentally stimulated while protecting the other cats from being exposed to FIV. This is primarily an issue because they have not met him yet and we do not know if he will be accepted into the larger feline family.
Either way, Blue has a forever home in Revelation Gardens and we are contemplating adding a wing exclusively for FIV positive kitties when we raise funds for our new Rescue-Pet housing unit.