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Ollie – a very special boy looking for a very special home

 

Hi, my name is Ollie and I am about 6 years old.

Now, I have quite a lot to tell you about myself and I’m really hoping you’ll read through all of this before making your mind up about me, I really am something special but I do require some additional care….I’m worth it though, I promise.

I’ve had a rough life, I’ve been stray for a while and found that very tough. Never knowing where my next meal was coming from, trying to find somewhere warm and dry to sleep and all the fighting with other strays…..I hated it. Living life like that takes its toll and I haven’t come away from it unscathed unfortunately.

When the Animal Accident Rescue Unit found me, they took me to the vets for a complete check-up. This included a blood test which unfortunately tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). Now this isn’t as scary as it sounds and I’ve included some further information regarding this below. What it really means is that I will need to be an indoor only cat as I wouldn’t want to pass this on to any other cats I may meet outside, I would also need to be kept as the only cat in the household or I could possibly be homed with another FIV+ cat. I would also need to get prompt veterinary treatment as I may not be able to fight infections as well as other cats, but generally I should live as long and as healthy a life as any other cat.

As well as being FIV+, I also have some digestive issues. Most of the time this is controlled with a special diet (which is readily available in pet shops and online) and by keeping me in a fairly calm and stress free environment (so no young children please), but on the occasions where this flares up I will need to see the vet and maybe receive some addition treatment for this. The Animal Accident Rescue Unit will be able to tell you everything you need to know about this, should you decide to come and meet me.

So that’s the health issues covered so now a little about myself. I’m very playful and energetic and my fosterer says I have real character. I love feet and will play with them given the opportunity! I’m not a lap cat but I love being close to you so will curl up next to you on the sofa and even in bed if you’ll let me.

I have a bit of a fetish about water and love watching the toilet being flushed, I also enjoy accompanying you to the bathroom if you’re comfortable with that. If not I’ll just sit and wait for you outside instead, maybe crying occasionally to remind you I’m there.

I really am a lovely boy and will make a fantastic pet for the right home. I’ve seen many FIV+ cats adopted and they go on to live lovely, happy lives. It really shouldn’t put you off and the charity will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about this, but as promised, here is a little more detail:

  • 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.

You can also find out a lot more about FIV online, there are a lot of us out there and we’re nothing to be scared of. So If you think you could be the one to offer me a very special home, please come and meet me and see what a wonderful cat I really am.

 

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 Ollie, 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.

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