Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Jul 17, 2015
George was a spry tomcat when we brought him home from the shelter. We were told that he was FIV positive but didn’t realize what that entailed as an owner. We brought him home and laughed as he jumped from his cat tower to the sofa in one long leap. We let him in and out of the house like we had done with our previous cat until one night he got in a catfight and a terrible cyst grew on his back. After a long trip to the vet and a $700 bill, we decided that he would an inside cat from now on.
FIV cats are almost always sick (FIV is the feline version of HIV, so you get the idea of how terrible his immune system is). We have to take him in every 6 months for a checkup, and this gets expensive, but wonderful, loving cats like George won’t get adopted because people are overwhelmed by this condition. The extra work and money is worth it to me. FIV cats have a shorter lifespan than most cats, but George is almost 12 now and still giving us love everyday in his old age.