Senior FIV Positive Cat Gets Home

Special Needs Cat Zeb has a Furever Home

The human tells me that today is the last day of 2014. I hope it has been a good year for you. I have enjoyed sharing stories with you throughout the year. Some of them were happy, and some were sad. Today, since it is a day for celebration for most of you humans, I will share a very happy story of a special needs cat.

It is not easy being a diabetic cat, but I do not have anywhere near the challenges that Zeb has. He’s an older guy who has FIV, but that’s just one of his challenges. He also is missing an eye, and he only has four teeth. My furiends, that is truly a special needs cat!

Special Needs Cat Zeb has a Furever Home
Special Needs Cat Zeb has a Furever Home

But one human saw beyond that and instead of seeing a cat that was less adoptable, she saw a “really affectionate cat.” Zeb, she said, is “just happy to have blankets to lie on and people to give him some affection. He’s just really, really sweet.”

Now this special needs cat has gone from the streets to a loving home, which he shares with two humans, two small humans, another FIV positive cat, and a canine. And the humans there love having Zeb in their home.

Zeb Relaxing
Zeb Relaxing

The small humans in the house “absolutely adore him,” his adopter said, adding that getting pictures of Zeb is very difficult because he comes running over to give her head bonks and purrs when she gets on the floor to use her camera.

Zeb has started a Facebook page where he shares his gratitude with lots of adoring and happy fans. He is very happy to have come from being a cat living on the streets to being rescued and having a furever home. Getting that home is the best way for a feline to end the year, and I am very happy for Zeb!

A Sanctuary for FIV Positive Cats

A Special Needs Cat with FIV

Since I am a diabetic cat, I always keep my fellow special needs cats in mind. I love it when humans invest the time and energy needed to care of a special needs cat. And that is why I am sharing with you the Fitzhugh B. Crews FIV Cat Sanctuary.

A Special Needs Cat with FIV
A Special Needs Cat with FIV

FIV positive cats are fighting a condition that is similar to AIDS in humans. In the United States, about one to three percent of all felines are infected with FIV. Biting, creating deep wounds, is the most common method of the infection being spread.  This means that free roaming males who have not been neutered are the most likely to get infected. For indoor only cats, an FIV infection is unlikely.

Special Needs Cat Daddy
Special Needs Cat Daddy

Cats with FIV may not show any signs of the infection, and it is possible that they will always remain symptom free. Just like with any special needs cat, they can live long and healthy lives with the right care from a human. And remember, it is their immune system that is compromised, not their ability to love.

The Fitzhugh B. Crews FIV Cat Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that special needs cats with this condition are cared for and find homes that are good for them. They also serve as a resource for humans looking for information about FIV. With over 20 years of experience caring for FIV cats, they can be a good place to turn to for additional information beyond the humans in white coats.

A Resident of the Fitzhugh B. Crews FIV Cat Sanctuary
A Resident of the Fitzhugh B. Crews FIV Cat Sanctuary

If you want to help them carry out their mission to help FIV positive cats, please consider giving green paper things to the Fitzhugh B. Crews FIV Cat Sanctuary. They are down to a very low level of noms and litter for the cats they are taking care of. You can also adopt a cat with this condition and give it a loving home!

Sad That Big Daddy Has Left Us

My Fellow Special Needs Cat Big Daddy

In the summer, I shared the story of my fellow special needs cat Big Daddy with you. When I last talked about him, he was fighting off cancer, and the humans in white coats and his humans were hopeful that he would defeat that evil disease.

Big Daddy had overcome a lot to get to where he was. He was abandoned, contracted FIV, had a collapsed lung, went blind, and fought off cancer. He was one tough cat to keep on fighting off these challenges and thriving despite being a special needs cat.

My Fellow Special Needs Cat Big Daddy
My Fellow Special Needs Cat Big Daddy

Sadly, this last battle was one that Big Daddy could not win. The humans in white coats said that the cancer he was fighting bravely had spread to the point where it was no longer treatable. And with Big Daddy having been rushed to the humans in white coats because of seizures, it was clear his quality of life had deteriorated.

The humans in white coats recommended that Big Daddy’s human show him the one last sign of love, which is the hardest one to do. Big Daddy’s human agreed, and Big Daddy was given the injections that eased his pain. He left us yesterday.

His human says that he is sad, but that he remembers all the fun and love he shared with this gentle giant. He said of Big Daddy:

Throughout all of the chemo, and the radiation, and everything else, he has had a wonderful life, lived his way. And he never complained or whined, he was an incredible, amazing cat. He slept with me every night, and during the day he lived with the other cats in the house, looking out the windows at the birds and squirrels, or sleeping on “his” big leather chair, or laying by the fireplace. He never experienced any real side effects, and the only days when he felt bad were caused by the tumor, not the treatments. He had a great life – a big life.

Rainbow-Bridge-heaven

Furiends, for any creature, feline or human, to be loved as much and to be able to love as much as Big Daddy is a full life. I am sad that he is gone, but I am happy that my fellow special needs cat enjoyed his time with us as much as he did.