We are still celebrating senior kitties who need homes, and Forest is waiting for you! He is about 10 years old and he is FIV+, but the most notable thing about him according to his foster is that he is “soooo freaking nice!”
Hi! I’m Forest, and I’m the sweetest and nicest fella you ever will meet. I’m named after my emerald green eyes and the fact that I would never let you get lost in the woods! I’m an incredibly friendly guy who will stick right by your side no matter where you go (although I don’t really want to go into the woods, outside is scary and I’d like to just stay inside with you!). My foster momma says I’m just the friendliest cat ever and if you forget I’m here I will remind you with my lovely kitty singing voice. All I want is to give and get attention and affection. I use my scratch pad and have very good litter box habits. I like being brushed and petted and held and loved! I’m 10 years young and FIV positive but with good care and love I should have a long life ahead.
Really, can you resist this face, those paws?
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.
- FIV+ cats can live as long as non-infected cats.
- FIV is not spread by casual contact or sharing food, water or toys, or grooming each other.
- FIV is spread by deep bite wounds that draw blood.
- FIV+ cats don’t look sick, they look like any other cat.
If you are interested in this lovely boy, an adoption counselor will be happy to discuss FIV further with you. If you are interested in meeting Forrest, or any of our adoptable cats, please fill out an application here: https://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
(We ask for an application prior to scheduling meetups because our cats are all in foster homes.)
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.
Other ways you can help
Amazon Wish Lists
The Amazon Wish List for our group’s foster kittens.
Many rescuers pay out of pocket for veterinary care and food but the costs of raising even the average litter of four healthy kittens is more than many people have, and many rescues have greater needs. Pittsburgh CAT has a number of wish lists that include foods for feeding neo-natal kittens like KMR, and other lists that include the best kitten foods, adult cat foods, food and materials for feral cats, and preferred toys and litter.
2017 Feral Cat Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/10PFDFN1BY55E/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
2017 Foster Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1DJBKJ6Y7IMR8/ref=cm_go_nav_hz
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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