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A few weeks ago, Catster mom Jeanette and I were talking about wanting to adopt a special needs cat the next time we bring a new cat into the family. These are cats that have a hard time being placed in furever homes, and sometimes you’re saving them from certain euthanasia by giving them a chance.

Here’s a recent “special needs” success story from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary:

Change of plans

Story by David Dickson
Photo by Sarah Ause

When Roger Maas and his partner Rich were looking for a new cat at Best Friends, they thought they knew what they wanted: an older cat. You see, their 20-year-old Siamese had just passed on. They certainly knew the ins and outs of older cats. Little did they know who would end up stealing their hearts instead a couple of fluffy kittens less than 6 months old!

Not just any kittens, either. These two kittens are FIV positive and came to Best Friends on trade from a rescue in Texas. Rich and Roger admit they didnt know much about FIV cats before considering the adoption. Theyd heard about FIV, of course, but didnt know enough to make an informed decision.

It all started when they noticed Pixie Dust the kitten on the Best Friends website before making the trip up from Mesa, Arizona. That adorable little face was all it took to start swaying their focus away from the older cats. But first, the homework!

After speaking with their vet and reading up on the subject, they came to realize something. They realized FIV isnt as big a deal as they had feared. FIV cats, they learned, can still live long and healthy lives. Anybody who doubts that point can swing by Best Friends and meet plenty of healthy, happy senior FIV cats who could probably still give you a run for your money! One other detail also helped sway their decision. They knew that FIV cats have a hard time finding homes. Here was a chance to help.

So they swung up to Best Friends and spent a little time with Pixie Dust and her brother Half Pint. Thats all it took to seal the deal. They wanted to adopt.

Back home, the two kittens (the only cats in the house) have been settling in perfectly. Theyre still a teeny bit skittish taking in the new terrain ceiling fans in particular make them scurry by in a hurry but they are affectionate as can be. If Roger or Rich lie down on the floor, Pixie Dust and Half Pint hurry over and start rubbing up against their whole bodies, head to feet. Cant beat a full body massage!

Goes to show that sometimes what you find isnt always what you started out looking for, but no matter how you view things, this was a happy ending meant to be. Congrats!

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Avoid the misconceptions and learn more about FIV. Then check out some of the other adoptable cats with FIV living at the sanctuary.

Whether you adopt a senior cat, a blind cat, an FIV cat, or a cat with other special needs, you’re giving that cat a second chance at a happy life.

[LINK: BestFriends.org]