Friday, June 17, 2011

Formerly Feral with FIV

Hi ya'll, Ivy here today to talk to you about me and FIV.  I have this and I am healthy at age 13.  I spent most of my life outside as a feral until Mom rescued me and brought me inside six years ago.  People are afraid to adopt FIV cats but they shouldn't be.  I have lived indoors with 9 other cats and no one has gotten sick from me.  Here is the scoop on FIV:

FIV Facts

1. The Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.

2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.

3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.

4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.

5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.)

6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.

7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.

8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise.

Despite what many people think, cats with this condition can live perfectly long, happy, healthy lives.
(From Best Friends Animal Society website)

Now that you have the scoop on FIV, let me give you the scoop on me!  My favorite position to sleep in is with my head hanging off the edge. Strange huh?

My left whiskers are all curled like I got them singed in a fire.  Mom does not know how this happened. - it was before she took me in.  I also have a BB pellet embedded in my left paw - again, don't know how that happened.

I love sleeping with Joey - he is my best pal.

My tongue is always out - I don't even notice it.

I love sleeping on the heater in the winter and hang my head off it. Mom worries I will fall off but I don't.

I love to watch TV especially golf which Pop likes.  I watch the little white ball fly through the air!  So cool.

The reason for this post is to explain how FIV cats can live with other cats and not spread the virus. Chrystal has a private shelter with a lovely calico named Daphne who needs a home of her own. Because she is bringing so many new rescued pets into the shelter that are sick, she needs to protect Daphne from getting sick herself with her depressed immune system from FIV. Her  picture is on the sidebar.  Just click it for her story - please help her find a home like I have. I think life is great and I am so glad Mom took me in.

On another note - Chrystal's own cat Little Bit or Bitsy as she was called went to the Bridge last week. To honor her,  Mom posted a memorial for her on  It will be up for 2 weeks and there is a guest book for condolences. Go to the site, click Search, put in Little Bit's name and she is the first Little Bit listed with the date of June 11, 2011.

We joined Camera Critters this weekend - please do stop by for more animal posts.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

White Wordless Wednesday with Two Spot

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Tortie Tuesday with Chica

It is me today on Tortie Tuesday.  Mom has been real busy with all kinds of social stuff - work parties, dinner with friends.  We also got a new back door - one with lots of glass for us to see the woods behind us.  We got locked up all day in two rooms while the construction guy and Pop put it in. That was not fun!  I have been in charge of snoopervising all the cats for Mom.  I keep watch on things from my window seat.

I know I am very spoiled.  Being my advanced age, Mom feeds me every few hours and brings the plate to me whereever I am in the house.  I appreciate that but I do go find the food and water bowl on my own too.  I am still pretty agile and active.  I am going to the vet weekly for sub c fluids but I like our vet so I don't mind going in the PTU.  In fact, Mom leaves it out so I can go in it anytime I want.  It is a great place to snuggle up and get away from all the other cats.


I hope you enjoyed your visit with me.  I will be celebrating my 20th birthday next week on the 23rd so do mark the date on your calendar.  Big party, contests, give-aways and more.  After all, how many of us get to be 20!  P.S. Mom recently found a 27 year old cat that has his own Twitter account.  I guess I could be around for a few more years huh?

Mom here - I have been having trouble leaving comments on many blogs and others have had the same problem.  Many of you know Blogger shut our blog down not too long ago for 2 weeks checking it for spam.  Since then we are trying to be ever more vigilant in keeping spam out so we have left up our word verification.  We have tried changing our comments to pop up but some folks still can't comment so it is back to the defrualt setting.  If any of you cannot comment, please let me knwo via email or on our Facebook page  Cats of Wildcat Woods.  We will keep trying to find a way for all to comment.



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