Urgent foster appeal for some very special cats.
The Animal Accident Rescue Unit has a number of very special cats that need urgent foster homes in Nottinghamshire.
The cats have been diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) which isn’t as scary as it sounds. FIV 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.
Crystal Moore, Cat Welfare volunteer, says: “Many of our fosterers have other cats at home so can’t care for those with FIV. We need someone who is reliable, with experience of looking after cats before. You must be able to provide a safe and secure place in your home for the cat until it is adopted. FIV cats will need to be kept indoors so that they can’t spread the virus and should also be the only cat in the household or alternatively, can be placed with other FIV positive cats.”
The cats with FIV require urgent foster places. However, the charity is also looking for general cat and dog fosterers as well.