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Chester has a brand new home and a brand new name!

Bruce is now living with Pip and Arron and their other FIV cats, Ralph and Peggy. He’s settling in really well although keeping his appetite in check is proving quite a challenge!


Chester was reported to us as a stray that several neighbours had been trying to catch for a while.  He was seen bleeding and getting thinner and thinner with quite a bit of fur loss.

Luckily for him, Animal Accident Rescue Unit’s emergency driver responded to the now urgent call and he came straight to her!  She quickly made him comfortable and whisked him off to our vet.  Maybe he knew how ill he was and needed our care – who knows what goes through their little minds.

Their initial examination showed that he is about three years old and he had several open wounds on his face, neck and back.  Fur loss was caused by dermatitis probably brought on initially as a flea allergy.  But sadly his blood tests came back with a positive for FIV.

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.

Chester is a happy boy now.  His wounds are all healed and his coat is getting better by the day.  He’s a big cat with soft dark grey and white markings.  His fosterers say he is no trouble to have around the home and is friendly although still a bit timid.  We have been told he is calm around other cats at the vet but of course he needs to be an only cat or in a home with other FIV cats.

Can you offer this special boy and new home?  He doesn’t require any special care as he is not on any medication but we would love a safe and loving home for him.  Chester will therefore need to be an indoor cat so there’s no risk of the infection spreading.

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

Around 3 years old, neutered, micro-chipped, litter-trained.  He has had flea and worming treatment. All our cats are “snap” blood-tested for Felv/FIV at the Vets and found to be negative unless CLEARLY stated.  As stated earlier Chester was found to be positive for FIV.

All adopters will be home-checked prior to adopting a cat, sorry but we do not rehome onto busy roads/near busy roads.  If you are interested in  CHESTER  please contact us by: telephoning 0115 9984307 .  This number must not be used for emergency calls or any other types of enquiry.  Please leave a message if no reply and our Adoption Volunteeer will get back to you as soon as possible.

Or you can e-mail  Whether telephoning our Volunteer or emailing the Charity please include your postcode and telephone number.

Please note:  We are always in urgent need of new cat fosterers to help us foster the cats that AARU continue to help. If you would like to find out more information please email us.