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Guest Cat is going home tomorrow.  I'll miss her, but it's time. 

She's been a lovely guest.  She's been very sweet and polite:  never scratching anything she shouldn't, never climbing where she shouldn't, never knocking anything over.  She doesn't start clamoring for food until 7 AM (more or less on the dot) and is very appreciative of any and all brushing and petting.  The only inconvenient thing about her is that she sheds like nothing I've ever seen (stroke her back and you get a palmful of grey felt) but that's hardly her fault. 

I'll miss her, but it's time. 



Sep. 15th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
I put the search on hold until Guest Cat left, which was originally scheduled for the 20th. So I'll be going back to the shelter this Saturday, to see if Lily and/or Nip is still there and what my second impressions of them are.

I did see a flyer at a coffee place for a cat someone wanted to find a home for, who looked and sounded adorable. However, he's FIV+. The flyer said FIV+ cats can live long, healthy lives with the right care, but after tending one terminally ill cat, I'm not sure I want to embark on another one so soon.

You have a FIV+ or FeLV+ cat, as I recall: how much care does she need?
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
I've had two FIV+ cats, actually. And with both of them, they require next to no care. My one girl who's still alive is 14 years old and still going strong. She's a tank and has no health problems whatsoever. My cat who we had to put to sleep in December, Rudy, lived to be about 10. He had a host of other problems beyond FIV, though. He finally succumbed to cancer, incredibly quickly. He'd had other health problems over the years, but none of them really much related to the FIV, just normal cat health problems (as a boycat, there were the inevitable urinary tract problems).

Having FIV+ cats, in a way maybe it's a bit less stressful. When they do succumb to something, it's going to be quick and FIV is an incurable disease so it's not really like you can do much but give them the best possible life you can while they're around. But they can and often are around for a very very long time.

The main preventative care for FIV+ cats is just to keep them indoors. If they live in an environment that doesn't do much to challenge their immune systems, chances are they'll do just fine for many, many years.
Sep. 15th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
That all sounds promising. I'll look on Saturday to see if the flyer is still up at the coffee place.

It also occurred to me (after reading about FIV on Wikipedia) that it's possible he could be FIV+ as a result of vaccination. He might at some point have had a home. (The flyer said he was a stray, but he sounded like a very healthy, happy, well-socialized stray from the description.) The blood test just detects antibodies, not the virus, so there's no way to know.
Sep. 15th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about Rudy, by the way. Ten years is a good innings, but not nearly enough. *hug*