FIV Cat Rescue is one of the most comprehensive resources about FIV positive cats that I've ever seen. I am Executive Director and Founder of Carol's Ferals and we use FIV Cat Rescue's information often as we are working toward dispelling the myth that FIV cats can't live good lives. They're changing the landscape for these cats and we're very grateful to have found them. Kudos to FIV Cat Rescue for all your work to bring attention to these cats that were previously vilified. You're PAWsome! Some of our FIV+ boys would like to thank you all. With love from Bismark, Gums and Muskegon.
Just wanted to say again..THANK YOU! Due to the amazing help coming from this organization and from Frankie.. the little Oscar found a great home...for now it might be only foster home..but potentially a permanent home! He found warming "parents" and siblings that also share the stereotype of having FIV....The network power this organization brought us was impressive...from caring people that just wanted Oscar to find a loving home! Thank you so much! Im happy to have organizations like this!
I have taken care of an FIV cat for over 8 years. He was feral and lived most of his life on our outside porch and in our garden. He got along with our other animals and adored our dogs. I could tell over the years when he wasn't feeling well and I would bring him to the vet for an antibiotic shot . I researched how to take of him but there was very little information available.
He got stomatitis and stopped eating and was in obvious pain. He became an inside cat and I brought him to the vet who recommended his teeth be pulled, I was later told by another vet that that was not the recommended treatment and indeed it was not a cure because for another year his stomatitis would flare up every month or so and it was back and forth to the vet for an antibiotic and steroid shot . The sores were all the way down his throat and I believed he suffered with it.
I found my way to this group and it was the most knowledgable people I have spoken to about this disease. It was as if they knew my cat and gave me information that I believed increased the quality of his life. I wish I has known about them sooner. I work with rescues so this book will be a valuable resource to help dispel the myth that FIV cats cannot live long happy lives.
Im from Australia and when I found myself with my first FIV foster cat after losing the female cat he was found with to FELV and then having him tested to see if he had FELV to find he didnt but did have FIV. I was lost as what to do with this cat and his dietary issues. I got alot of information that didnt work here on Australia. I reached out to this rescue in a moment of desperation wanting to help this cat that people told me to put down because everything made him sick. Frankie was a huge support for me. I was provided with spot on information as well as emotional support and understanding that was ongoing. Every piece of advice worked. Ive since adopted the cat and he has finally gained weight and is so much happier and very healthy. I love this rescue and would have been so lost without their help. ❤
I'm so glad all is well with the kitty.
I work with a fairly small rescue and we received our first FIV+ 10 week old kitten earlier this year. Thanks to information and support from FIV Cat Rescue, this little kitten was confidently placed in a loving home where her new family understood FIV. This little baby will live a long wonderful life!
I'm so happy for your organization recognizing that FIV is no big deal and getting homes for these misunderstood cats!
FIV Cat Rescue is a valuable resource. They are my "go to" people for questions pertaining to the FIV cats at the rescue I work with. It is alarming how many vets and other animal specialists that have misconceptions about FIV cats and this organization works hard to dispel those beliefs. They are always quick to respond to any query.
Thank you for the kind words. We're so happy to find more organizations and volunteers, like you, spreading the word.
After we adopted a kitten who tested positive for FIV, I panicked about the safety our 10 year old cat. Much as I am very happy with our vet, they were not at all informed about FIV. I searched everywhere for information and resources about FIV. The first place I called multiple times, with no response. Then I found FIV cat rescue. I live in PA, but this nonprofit in CA was a lifesaver (literally)! The organization answered all of my emails in detail, and they were so helpful and relevant. We are going to retest our kitten in a few months, but having the information about how to proceed even if she's positive puts my mind at ease - our kitten is already one of the family!
Thank you for the positive feedback. I am so happy this kitten found you and is now part of your loving family.
I had an FIV cat who was dying of anemia. I contacted this organization for information of FIV cats with non-regenerative anemia. They responded very quickly with helpful information. I really appreciated their help.
This FIV Cat Rescue gave me great information about FIV. I recently rescued a cat who was positive for FIV. They were very professional and courteous. Also, very prompt in returning emails.
FIV cat rescue helped my foster kitty while I found him a forever home. When I found Slate outside my apartment he was the only approachable cat of the feral colony that resided there. I took him to the vet to have him looked over where we found he was FIV+. The doctor told me that although not as common, FIV can be transmitted through casual contact so I must strictly quarantine him from my two healthy cats. For several weeks Slate stayed confined in a small spare bedroom, with a few daily interactions from my husband and I and our dog.m, while we searched for him a new home. I knew he must be miserable living life in a small, secluded room, with little attention. I searched for more information on FIV while we fostered him and came across this site. It was here that I learned it is outdated information that FIV can be spread through casual contact and that it must be through bite wounds. At that point I began to allow more freedom for Slate and some interaction with my girls, although he preferred not to be with them and either curl up in a lap or find a good sin spot. After about 3 months we found Slate a forever home where he is thriving with his new mommy and daddy and 3 doggie brothers and sisters! 6 weeks later I brought my girls in to be retested and they are still negative and healthy. If it were not for the information and the help I received through this site, Slates stay with us, although we were trying to help, would have been miserable and cruel. Thank you FIV cat rescue for helping Slate to have a better life, both with us and his new home!