Sunday, January 24, 2016

Adopted Two FIV Cats

It is safe to say that I have been busy with my FIV cat's health concerns plus a few months ago I took in two FIV rescue cats.  The cats were sisters and both were a year old.  The family that asked me to take them were moving into an apartment that did not allow pets.  Had I not adopted the cats they would have been surrendered to our animal shelter and probably euthanized  



Three FIV cats are better than one




So I took the cats as a favor and in return I was told that when their daughter got married in the spring that she wanted the cats for her new home.   That sounds great but spring is a long ways off and I had to socialize the new cats with Sam my FIV cat.

I had socialized Sam with a cat a few months back and that worked out well, but she was only with us a short time when my friend made arrangements for cat to go live with her son.  Sam seemed like the wind was taken from his sails.

My veternarian advised me to not take in anymore cats, because if Sam got into a fight that it would cause him to feel stress and get sick.  I went against my veterinarians recommendations and did socialize the two female cats.

Learn how I socialized these cats here  

I am not sure if Sam was lonely for a cat companion or what, but he welcomed those two girl cats like they were long lost pals and the cats were happy to see him too.  There has never been territory marking, or cat squabble.  The three of them just get along.  They sleep together, groom each other and play together. 

So how is Sam doing?  What I noticed is that Sam's overall disposition has improved.  I thought he was depressed but now he is back to his "ole self" meowing, talking to the birds in the morning from his window and playing with the girl cats, we hear them playing with their toys and it is all good.

To tell you the truth, I think I got lucky that the cats were accepting of each other. It could have gone worse if there had been an alpha cat in the mix.

Here is a video by Dr. Karen Becker on Feline Immunodeficiency Virus commonly called FIV





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