|Purred: Wed May 18, '11 10:15pm PST |
|Thank you for rescuing an adult kitty! Aging a kitty, especially a stray, can be difficult. When my meowmy found me each vet had a different guess, and I was said to be anywhere from 8months to 10 yrs, mol! Jinx certainly looks like an adult kitty, probably middle aged (5yr ) but its so hard to tell. You can get a rough estimate by checking out the quality of the teeth, if there is any "lacy" texture to the eyes (when cats age, the eye "texture" tends to change as well. if you look at pictures of a young cat vs. an older cat you'll see what I mean), and overall body condition (once you've had her long enough to get her on a good diet.)
definitely get her checked out by the vet. FIV/FELV test is important, and Bartonella testing is a good idea, as that's carried by fleas and is more prevalent than people may realize and can be transmitted to people (thats what "cat scratch fever" is!) . plus bartonella is treatable with antibiotic.
the FIV shot is not recommended as it does not do anything for the disease. definitely rabies vaccination, the four in one vaccine, and an initial FELV series would be helpful, once she's tested negative.
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