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Hi, my name is Rupert, I’m around 4 years old and I’m looking for a very special home. As you can see from my photos, I’m a very handsome, long haired tuxedo cat, my fosterer says I look like Sylvester!

When I came in to the charity, I was in a sorry state. Very skinny, covered in scratches, matted fur…it was clear to everyone that it had been a while since I had been looked after by anyone. But that’s just normal life to me, I’m an independent cat and really don’t need looking after, I was doing just fine on my own. I was managing to find scraps of food, successfully (most of the time) fighting to keep my territory and I was quite a hit with the ladies….what more do I need?

Well, as it turns out, I was missing out on a lot! I can’t believe what humans will do for you….I get fed….they actually buy food just for me, no more looking for scraps! They clean my litter tray…brilliant! They have incredibly warm laps, perfect for an afternoon snooze…I really am having my every demand catered for, I feel like the cat that got the cream, literally!

I love to talk! I try to chat away to my fosterers about my day, telling them what adventures I have been on, what I want for dinner, that I’m ready for my evening lap nap, but they don’t seem to understand me….no matter how many times I repeat myself. They seem to enjoy listening to me anyway, so I’ll keep trying!

My fosterer also has the strangest looking creature I’ve ever seen, she calls it a Bunny! It has the longest, funniest ears, and it’s tail is very short! Me and Bunny are good friends and you’ll often find us sitting on the bed together, just watching the world go by.

Anyway, there’s one pretty big thing you need to know about me. When I said I was looking for a special home, it’s because tests carried out by the vet confirmed I’m FIV positive. I didn’t know too much about this, so I hit the net and here is just a little bit of what I found out about FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus):

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. Because of this, I will need to be an indoor only cat, so that I can’t spread the virus and should also be the only cat in the household (alternatively, I can be placed with other FIV positive cats).

 The fact that I’m FIV positive shouldn’t frighten you away, it really isn’t anything to be concerned about. I’m healthy, happy, require no medication, in fact I require no special treatment at all. The one thing I ask of you is that you get me prompt veterinary treatment should I show any signs of illness, as I may not be able to fight this as easily as other cats. Actually that’s a lie, I also ask that you to feed me, clean my tray and let me sit on your lap…so I ask four things of you. I forgot that you also need to listen to me chattering away, so five things, I ask just five things of you. And in return you will get a loving, playful, well behaved, handsome cat!

So if you think you can offer me a place in your home, please come and see me, you won’t regret it.

 

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.  Owners are requested  to vaccinate their adopted Charity cats, as our  limited funds do not allow us to do so.

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 Rupert, please contact our Adoption Officer on 0115 9985063 after 6pm. This number must not  be used for any other type of enquiry or emergency contact.  Alternatively,  you can email 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 Animal Accident Rescue Unit rescue.  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.