Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Feline Aids ? (FIV)

Today we took the cat  "Patches " that came here awhile back to the Vet .
She adopted us and our dog Ginger almost 4 year old  .
I mean it , She came here in the middle of the night trying to get in the house!!
She meowed and meowed till we went out to see what was going on ?
Here she comes like she belonged here, popping out of the little hole from under the house?
She made friends with Ginger right off .She was snuggling the dog within seconds !It was mind blowing for me and the dog!!
This Cat chases the dog to snuggle

I am not really a Cat person.
I have liked a outside mouser cat at most and prefer to have a black snake over that on most opportunities in the past .
Our dog also has never cared for a cat . Other than something to chase like a squirrel ,with no real  expectations of actually catching it !! 
Then comes Patches ! 
Well I knew I was in trouble when we went to buy "Cat food" the next morning because she was surely hungry!  
 She is Quickly getting comfortable around here , eating her
Meow Mix  in my vintage flower pot . 
(my grown son laughed when he saw I bought Cat food !) 
On Our main work table so the dog can't reach it .  
 Okay Cat that is for me to collect my flower cuttings for pressing !
Don't ignore me when I am talking to You Patches !

 Okay that tells me someone had a basket for you before ? Why did they drop off such a lovely cat? Did they know something we don't know ?
Could it have to do with all those Tom cats coming around ??
I did get to use the basket ,but she followed along flopping in my flowerbeds wanting rubbed? What a trip!

Well we just adopted her today for sure by investing in her !
Off to the Vet , she behaved very well ! Surprisingly no bites scratching ?
He says she weighed over 8 lbs and had to be near a year old by her teeth!  
Signed papers to be Committed to over $400 to have her get a total work up and spaded ? We left her there and they said they would try to get to here today or latest tomorrow . Same price ! 
Ginger freaked out because we left the cat at the place that scares her most !! and has been looking for Patches here at home since.
Then we get a call from the Vet . They said , "she May have Feline Aids ?" "Do we want to continue ?!! " 
Here we are trying to do our part to get the animal fixed and Aids ?
They don't KNOW for sure though, because IF someone had brought her for shots in the past ?? 
She May have gotten the vaccine shot , which would show up as a Positive on the test ?? !! 
We ask a few questions ?? Still stunned ,like will this be painful ? will it shorten her life drastically ? " Not sure was the answers . Well we said , finish the job ! She came to us for help . We all in it for the long haul now , as I was told from my "Tough Guy" turned softy for this cat.   
 We will go pick her up on Friday morning and hopefully keep her comfortable till she mends from surgery. 
Till then I have a lot to try to learn ? 
What an adventure ... but who could pass up that fuzz ball. 

 I found this at Wikipedia about this because as of today I had not heard of this before ? 
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecatsAIDS. From 2.5% up to 4.4%[1][2] of cats worldwide, and about 2.5% of cats in the USA,[3] are infected with FIV. 
FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV), and is more closely related to human immunodeficiency virus HIV
Within FIV, five subtypes have been identified based on nucleotide sequence differences coding for the viral envelope (env) or polymerase (pol). 
FIV is the only non-primate lentivirus to cause an AIDS-like syndrome, but FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years. 
A vaccine is available although its efficacy remains uncertain, and cats will test positive for FIV antibodies after vaccination.[4] worldwide and is the causative agent of feline
FIV was first discovered in 1986 in a colony of cats that had a high prevalence of opportunistic infections and degenerative conditions, and has since been identified as an endemic disease in domestic cat populations worldwide.[3]


  1. $400.!!!! wow!! for what? a health check up and getting spade? that's alot! at least here in FL you can get low cost or free neutering...spaying...

    hopefully the tests were a false positive...for the felone FIV!
    at least the kitty has a loving family now! :]

  2. Laura , I agree this is high . She will be getting the works as far as test and shots . Minus a FIV shot of course. But the doctor's work that did Ginger's surgery did such a clean job ,Carl wanted them to do it for this cat too. He really is a softy ! Plus it is our way of keeping an Excellent Local business and vet office in business too.
    I am not sure the funded orgs would help get a cat fixed that may have Aids anyway?
    We don't splurge on many things ,so I hope She is going to have a long healthy life and make a close friend for Ginger too.
    I have thought about seeing If the local paper would help me post a picture of her and a request that If anyone knows Who had her before and could tell us If she has had her shot for FIV ? maybe alert people more about it too!
    Regardless ,she is ours now ,lol


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