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Adopt an FIV-Positive Kitty!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:00pm

If you’re looking to make a difference for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, how about adopting or spreading the word about an FIV-positive cat? In fact, how about one of our favorite cats ever, Dasher?

Dasher is a super-friendly kitty who’s never met a human, cat or dog he didn't like. He loves to cuddle, but also enjoys a little playtime. In fact, there's really nothing not to like about Dasher; he's essentially the perfect cat.

And yet, Dasher is still waiting for his forever home! You see, this extra special guy was rescued from a hoarder in April 2011—and he came to us infected with FIV.

Here are the straight facts about FIV:

  • FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a disease that weakens a cat’s immune system.
  • Cats with FIV can live full, long, happy lives with proper care.
  • Humans, dogs and other animals cannot contract FIV.
  • Other cats can contract FIV—and that’s why you should adopt an FIV-positive kitty only if you have no other cats or you have only FIV-positive cats.

Of course, Dasher needs to find a person with only FIV-positive kitties or no kitties at all. That adopter will be one of the luckiest pet parents in the world—we promise!

Plus, if you'd like to take Dasher home with a friend, we've got a special room of FIV-positive cats at our Adoption Center, including Gloria, another wonderful, friendly feline

If you're inspired but you've already got a non-FIV-positive kitty, other special-needs cats need your help, too! Check out a few at the ASPCA.

Please share Dasher. Let's find him a home! 

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Alaina Renee Miller

I have an FIV-positive kitty and she is a joy! She's just as energetic as any other kitten (she's 11 months, I rescued her from the streets of Brooklyn at 10 weeks old). There's no reason why, with the proper care and daily supplements, fiv-positive cats can't live long, generally healthy lives!!! I also have a 7 year old cat and as of right now, she is NOT FIV-positive. I'm hopeful my FIV-pos cat will not infect my other cat but even if she does, it is NOT a death sentence. Anyways, at this point, they love eachother and I do not want to separate them.

Kaitlyn

Hi, all! Is anyone able to adopt a 1-2 year old FIV+ female cat? She has been abandoned on my block. I have taken her in temporarily, isolating her from my FIV- cat, but this is not an ideal life for her. She shows no clinical signs other than that of a positive feline snap test for the FIV antibodies. She is bright, alert, reactive, and constantly purring. She is sweet and social with both humans and other animals. I am a vet student and know first-hand that these cats can thrive! They are absolutely able to maintain quality of life with the right love and care. I would love more than anything to keep this sweet girl, if I had more than the teeny apartment I do, and if I was not risking the transmission of the virus to my cat. Please, let me know if you can help! I will bring her to you. Kaitlyn (484 557 6696)

Kaitlyn

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It is so sad to see these cute kittens be afflicted with tings like FIV. I wish I could adopt him, but I already have two non-FIV positive kitties. I hope him the best though. Do you think he got FIV from living with a hoarder or is it genetic?

Nicole Devereaux

I just need to say that I recently adopted a stray cat (after finding out that the previous owners had dumped him on the street almost a year ago and disconnected the number linked to his microchip! How cruel!) who turned out to have FIV. He is my BEST friend in the world and literally improves my life. He just had his 6 month check-up and everything is great. He is around 7 years old and pretty active and also the friendliest and most social cat I have ever met.

FIV cats are amazing just like other cats!

Kaitlyn

Hi, all! Is anyone able to adopt a 1-2 year old FIV+ female cat? She has been abandoned on my block. I have taken her in temporarily, isolating her from my FIV- cat, but this is not an ideal life for her. She shows no clinical signs other than that of a positive feline snap test for the FIV antibodies. She is bright, alert, reactive, and constantly purring. She is sweet and social with both humans and other animals. I am a vet student and know first-hand that these cats can thrive! They are absolutely able to maintain quality of life with the right love and care. I would love more than anything to keep this sweet girl, if I had more than the teeny apartment I do, and if I was not risking the transmission of the virus to my cat. Please, let me know if you can help! I will bring her to you. Kaitlyn (484 557 6696)

Laura

I have a stray at my home who is a beautiful loving cat who would love to be indoors. I have a cat, rescued, who already has herpes, so an fiv pos cat is not possible in my house. Casey needs a home.

Kaitlyn

Hi, all! Is anyone able to adopt a 1-2 year old FIV+ female cat? She has been abandoned on my block. I have taken her in temporarily, isolating her from my FIV- cat, but this is not an ideal life for her. She shows no clinical signs other than that of a positive feline snap test for the FIV antibodies. She is bright, alert, reactive, and constantly purring. She is sweet and social with both humans and other animals. I am a vet student and know first-hand that these cats can thrive! They are absolutely able to maintain quality of life with the right love and care. I would love more than anything to keep this sweet girl, if I had more than the teeny apartment I do, and if I was not risking the transmission of the virus to my cat. Please, let me know if you can help! I will bring her to you. Kaitlyn (484 557 6696)

Peter van Vliet

Hi All. We have an FIV+ cat who we adopted from spca and he's totally fine and in good health. We adore him, and we wouldn't change a thing. FIV is no big deal, just get regular check ups and take care of kitty. -Boomshanka!

chris

I wish I knew it wasn't a death wish. I had a female FIV+ kitty that got really sick, wouldn't eat, drink, use the litter box or even play.. It all came out of nowhere. I took her to the ASPCA an they made it seem like she was dead and if she made it she was lucky.. I didn't know what to do how I would pay for her treatment so I sign her over to them.. I hope she made it