|Purred: Fri Mar 29, '13 5:07pm PST |
|Rumpy, is your Pops a Sphynx? They have no hair...
A cat who tests positive for FIV can be healthy and live a long time. Our Mom had a cat years ago named Gordon who tested positive for FIV. That cat was her son's prizewinning 4-H cat and he was healthy at the time he died at age 11. His death was due to an evil act by Mom's ex, which was one of the reasons why the ex became EX right after that happened.
BTW that "rolling skin" thing you talk about is a classic sign of the feline hyperesthesia syndrome & in fact, one of the syndrome's nicknames is "rolling skin syndrome."
Inability to get along with other cats & other socialization problems are common when a kitten is raised alone. Kittens raised alone such as single handraised orphan kittens, kittens taken from a mother too early, or kittens who for whatever reason, doesn't get to interact with a mother and littermates at the ages of approximately 7 to 8 weeks or older, also won't learn how to inhibit biting and scratching. At this age, a kitten is able to get around well, and learns to inhibit biting and scratching by the reactions of its littermates and by the reaction (and discipline) from its mother when it gets too rough in play. This is one reason why kittens shouldn't be taken away from their mothers and littermates until they are at least 8 weeks of age, 12 to 16 weeks is even better because before 12 to 16 weeks a kittens immune system is very immature and the stress of going to a new home can often trigger problems such as a flareup of the herpes virus or upper respiratory problems.
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