Hi, my name is Biscuit and I am around 8-9 years old. As you can see from my photo I’m a gorgeous long haired boy….even if I do say so myself!

I have had quite a rough time of it recently. When I was found I had quite an awful abscess on my face. The lady who found me decided I needed help so she contacted the Animal Accident Rescue Unit. They came out to see me and agreed a trip to the vets was needed.

Once the vet had checked me over and provided me with the treatment I really needed, they completed some blood tests. Unfortunately I tested positive for FIV.* This means that I am a very special cat looking for a very special home. As FIV can be passed to other cats, I would need to be kept as an indoor cat and I can’t be mixed with cats who do not have FIV.

I’ve been told that I’ll probably find it harder to find a home because of my FIV, but I know that the right person is out there for me. I’m a lovely boy who will make a fantastic pet to the right people….my fosterer describes me as a love bug.

It really isn’t something to be overly concerned about, the Animal Accident Rescue Unit have rehomed many cats with FIV and I hear stories of them, living the life of luxury with their adoring owners and hope that will be me very soon.. The biggest thing to remember is that I will need prompt vet treatment if I show any signs of illness as my immune system doesn’t work as well as it might do in other cats. The charity will be very happy to answer any questions you may have about me and FIV.

So if you think you could love me and give me the indoor home I deserve, I would really like to meet you. I’m sure you’ll fall head over heels for me!

*FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) should NOT be confused with FeLV (Feline Leukaemia) – they are two very different viruses. They are often mentioned together due to the ‘snap’ tests carried out by vets, but they differ greatly in how they affect a cat, and its expected lifespan. FeLV is a serious risk to a cat’s health and longevity, whereas FIV is not.

The virus depletes the number of white blood cells, which eventually makes the cat less able to fight off infection. However, because it is such a slow acting virus many FIV positive cats can enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health problems resulting from the virus.

FIV is species specific. It can only be transmitted from cat to cat, not to humans or other animals.

All our cats are “snap” blood-tested, at the vets,  for FIV/FeLV (the result is deemed negative unless clearly stated.)
All cats have been examined and treated by a vet and received flea and worming treatment. They are micro-chipped and litter-trained.  All of our cats are fully vaccinated for their first year, after which time it is the responsibility of the new owner to continue annual vaccinations.
Adult cats are neutered and kittens under 6 months of age will need to be neutered by their new owner.
We recommend that all cats are kept indoors for around 6 to 8 weeks, to allow time to bond with their new owner and adjust to their new surroundings.  Kittens should always be kept indoors until neutered and then be supervised, with only limited access outdoors. It is recommended by all cat welfare societies that cats be kept inside at night, as they are vulnerable to many dangers.
If you are interested in Biscuit, please contact our Adoption Officer by emailing this volunteer at admin@aaru.org.uk. You will receive a response as soon as possible.

The Charity is run entirely by volunteers and is always in urgent need of additional fosterers to foster the cats that are rescued by Animal Accident Rescue Unit. The Charity has no central base, office or cattery and cats are fostered in individual volunteers’ homes as pets, in and around the Nottingham area.

All potential adoptions will require a successful homecheck and we don’t rehome on or near busier roads, unless the cat is suitable to be an indoor only pet.