|Purred: Thu Sep 13, '12 11:35am PST |
|Or... check out the RIVER CAT himself! Hi there!!! HI angel Alex!
I'm FIV positive and have been for at least the 4 years my parents have had me! I'm somewhere between 8 and 10 years old and I likely got FIV when I was attacked on the streets after being abandoned, however, you'd never know. I'm a love bug whose full of energy and life. I'm so full of life and love, my family and even my vet often forget that I'm FIV positive because you'd never know that I was 'sick' to look at me. I even have a super beautiful Siamese sister who I live with and am bonded with. I play with her, wrestle with her, share the same food bowl, water fountains, and litter box, not to mention toys and beds, and she's still FIV Negative!
Definitely check out my story on Alex's webpage, my mommy wrote that about me cause I'm super duper special! After reading it, if you have ANY questions whatsoever, post them here, send me a message, I'm happy to help out. FIV is NOT a killer disease. It can stay dormant for years and many cats never even develop signs of the disease and live long happy lives eventually crossing over the bridge for completely unrelated reasons. It isn't an airborne disease, like so many people fear, and it is really hard to pass between cats. The only way to pass it is through deep fluid transfers (like with HIV in humans) such as a deep bite wound or sexual contact. If you've been fixed and are well behaved, no problem. Heck, we use to foster kitties in this house and none of them ever got my FIV either, it's just that hard.
I promise, FIV is NOT a death sentence and you'll probably never even notice you've got it! Lots of vets are sadly misinformed about the disease so you'll have to make sure you have a good one who understands it, but really, an FIV cat is just like any other cat! I can introduce you to a whole pack of FIVers living normal lives in big families, you'd never be able to pick out the 'sick' one in a family portrait!
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