Really, how does a cat this nice end up on the streets? A real couch potato, his foster calls him. He must have missed his couch for a while, but he’ll have no problem finding another because he sounds like the kind of cat cuddle bug someone is looking for.
His foster says:
Meet Bo! Bo is an easy-going full-figured guy, about 5 years old. He likes pets and scratches and being brushed. Bo likes to bat around the ball in the turbo scratcher, but mostly Bo is about pets, food, and hanging out with his human on the couch. He gets along well with other cats and would probably do great with just about any kind of a human.
Because Bo lived out on the streets for awhile, and life is rough out there, he ended up with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). All that means is that he needs extra love and care, such as keeping up with annual vet exams and making sure he doesn’t pick up any infections. At this point, though, Bo is completely healthy and (we admit) perhaps a bit on the “stocky” side.
(Most FIV+ cats do not show symptoms and have a normal life expectancy, although they can be prone to secondary infections. FIV cats can live happily in a stable household with other kitties. Questions? You can talk with one of our adoption counselors.)
So if you’re in the market for mellow fellow who’s a bit of a couch potato and just wants to hang out and be your buddy, apply today for Bo! http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
Is it Difficult to Care for an FIV-positive cat?
FIV-positive cats require no special medication or additional care beyond the diligence you’d use in caring for any cat. Dr. Virginia Clemans, former chief veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, explains that, “the virus affects the immune system, so keep FIV cats indoors. Make sure they get regular vaccinations. And give them a high-quality diet. Keep an eye on them, and take them to the veterinarian at the first sign of illness.” Same as any cat.
These are compiled and provided to adopters by Pittsburgh CAT.
- FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.
- The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat’s immune system over a period of years.
- FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with few or no symptoms.
- FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread causally, like in litter boxes, water or food bowls, or when snuggling and playing.
- A neutered cat in a home is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.
- The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds.
- Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.
- FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible by keeping them indoors and free from stress. Feed a high-quality diet and treat any secondary medical problems as soon as they arise.
Adopting from Pittsburgh C.A.T.
All Pittsburgh C.A.T. adoptions begin with our application. After it’s reviewed you’ll be contacted about meeting your cat or kitten. All cats have been fostered in homes and are healthy, spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines.
Also look for more adoptable cats on Pittsburgh C.A.T.’s Petfinder page.
Can’t adopt? Foster! Can’t foster? Donate or volunteer.
There are so many ways you can help cats who need homes and care. You may not have room to adopt another cat, but can foster a cat or kitten for a few weeks. If not that, you can volunteer at a shelter or with a rescue, or donate. You do this because you love your cat, and by doing so you help all cats. No matter which of these actions you take, you help to save a life, and make life better for all cats.
- Adopt one of the cats I’ve posted here, or from any shelter or rescue near you, or from Petfinder, to open up a space for another cat to be rescued and fostered.
- Offer to foster cats or kittens for a shelter or rescue near you.
- Volunteer at a shelter or rescue.
- Find a group of volunteers who work with homeless cats and help them with their efforts.
- Donate to a shelter or rescue near you.
If you can foster kittens or adults cats to help prepare them for a forever home, please run to your nearest shelter and find a cat who needs you! Anyone can help with this effort at any level, even if all you do is donate to a shelter or rescue so they can help to pay for the food or medications needed for their foster, or the spay/neuter/veterinary care during a clinic.
Need to know more? Read Fostering for Your Shelter and Fostering Saves Lives
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Pittsburgh C.A.T. 2019 Calendar: Rescue, Foster, Rehome, Repeat 2019
Each month features a cat or cats and the story who Pittsburgh C.A.T. volunteers rescued through TNR or rescue from abandonment, neglect or abuse, offered medical treatment, fostering, socialization, and a loving forever home that met their individual needs. Read more and purchase.
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