Hello, my name is Love, I’m a sweet FIV positive cat who really needs your help. Before being rescued by Twin Cities Pet Rescue (TCPR) I was homeless and doing my best just to survive the cold Minnesota winter. After being placed in a warm, loving foster home I showed everyone I met an abundance of love and appreciation which is why I was named “Love”. I have a silly side, sometimes I get so excited about eating a proper meal that I “drive” my food dish around the floor. After dinner time I enjoy a good “work out” on my scratching post or by chasing fuzzy mice. Also, my foster mom keeps waving this thing on a string, which I chase if it suits my mood.
Because I lived on the streets and didn’t receive proper care and nutrition I’m now in need of a lot of dental work. I feel incredibly fortunate because TCPR will ensure my teeth receive the medical attention needed for me to live a happy, healthy life. But they need your help to make it happen.
The goal is to raise $900 for my dental care. TCPR cannot help me without your support. Please consider contributing to my dental care today by making a monetary donation. Every dollar truly helps!
Background on FIV
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a virus that affects only cats. It is similar to HIV in humans, in that it is progressive, has a long incubation period, and suppresses the immune system. So far, treatment to cure FIV has proven elusive; however cats with FIV often live normal, healthy lives. Because of a suppressed immune system, they are more vulnerable to conditions like dental disease, ringworm, and other infections. Providing routine veterinary care can help ensure an FIV-infected cat remains healthy and happy. There are no clear symptoms of FIV, making routine testing for FIV essential. A vaccine to help prevent FIV has been developed, but its efficacy against all strains of FIV has not yet been substantiated.
FIV is most commonly contracted when a cat receives a deep bite from a cat already infected with FIV. It is very unlikely that a cat can contract FIV just from general interactions with other infected cats, such as sharing a food bowl or litter box. In actuality, cats with FIV can cohabitate with uninfected cats without ever spreading the virus.
It is important to note that FIV is frequently confused with FeLV, or Feline Leukemia Virus. FIV and FeLV are two different diseases. FeLV is much more contagious and can be contracted from saliva, nasal secretions, urine, and feces. Unfortunately, FeLV is much more devastating to a cat’s body and, frequently, shortens the cat’s lifespan significantly.