Alice is a quietly sweet girl who just loves her pets and curling up with her human, and she even likes well-trained kids and nice dogs. She’s looking for a nice home where she can just be her pleasant self, and one that will understand the needs of a cat with FeLV.
Pittsburgh CAT always tests all its rescues for both Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), because they are contagious illnesses and affect a cat’s immunity, influencing how it’s cared for and if it’s housed with other cats.
FeLV is a chronic illness, but the way it acts can vary widely depending on the cat. The disease attacks the cat’s immune system in the way that leukemia does and in time, months to years, the cat’s health will deteriorate. The disease doesn’t have any really specific symptoms, mostly lethargy and a poor appetite. Kittens and young cats without a mature immune system will succumb more quickly, sometimes shortly after they’ve been diagnosed. But the older a cat is when it comes in contact with FeLV, the more its immune system can put up a fight, and an adult cat like Alice will carry the disease but with a good diet and vigilant health checks could live for years with no problems. Some secondary conditions might arise, like dental issues or frequent upper respiratory issues, but as long as they are treated as they come up she’s just like any other cat.
Here’s what her foster person has to say:
Hello my name is Alice (or Ally, ally, ally, ally, as foster mom calls me). I’ve been told I’m adorable (which I won’t deny!). I love pets and attention and I’ll even poke you to get them at times! I’ve even been known to curl my back, paws up like a question mark and reach out for your love. I’m told this can soften even the hardest heart! But I’m not a fan of being picked up and held so please respect that, OK?
So, WHY am I in a foster home and not my own? Well, that’s a great question!! I’m told its because I have feline leukemia, or FeLV, which requires a super special Purrent. I could be an only cat, live with dogs and people, or live with other FELV+ cats (but mixing me with an FeLV- cat wouldn’t be ideal).
I’m fine with respectful kids and nice doggies and would be fine in a quieter home with a gentle dog or other FeLV+ cat who wouldn’t bully me. So that’s it! I have some quirks, but who doesn’t?? But this adorable face is adoptable and I’m waiting at my foster home to meet you!! So, fill out an application and come meet me! http://tinyurl.com/pghcatapp
One important thing is that Alice needs to be an only cat because she carries the disease. It’s spread easily by sharing food and toys, and can infect another cat whose immune system might not be so robust. It’s a cat-only illness, though, and won’t affect dogs or any other animal.
Alice will best thrive in a loving, low-key home where she’s fed a high-quality diet and checked regularly by a veterinarian supportive of maintaining and treating an FeLV+ cat. Controlling secondary infections and treating other illnesses as they arise is key, so Alice will require a committed and loving adopter. In return, she will give much love and joy, and many snuggles and purrs!
In many shelters and even in some rescues, a positive test for FeLV is an immediate euthanasia because of the risks to other cats. But that’s not so here. Alice deserves a loving home for as long as she can have one.
Like all of our cats, Alice is neutered, microchipped, dewormed, flea-treated, and up-to-date on all of her vaccinations!
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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Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book
Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!