This is Ethan Pre-Op when he was first taken into the vets
A member of the public took Ethan into the vets after he turned up at their house struggling to walk and clearly in distress. He was a known stray cat to them as he used to visit from time to time but more recently hadn’t been seen until the day he came to them for help.
On doing X-Rays it became clear that Ethan had a really severe pelvic fracture which would not heal just with cage rest (which is the normal treatment) and therefore had to undergo a rather risky operation to hold his pelvis together with an internal plate. Sadly on doing pre- op bloods we also discovered Ethan had contracted the FIV virus during his life of having to live as an unneutered male fighting to protect his territory. Such a crying shame as he clearly has had a home and been loved at some point in this life as he is a big friendly socialble boy.
Let’s be clear on FIV. FIV cats can live a long and happy life even though they have the virus, it just means they potentially have a compromised immune system so need to live a more restrictive lifestyle as an indoor cat or ideally, as in Ethan’s case, with a safe enclosed outdoor space. Other than that there is no reason why they shouldn’t live as long as a normal cat - in fact many live longer without the dangers cats encounter from free roaming. There is still a lot of ignorance around FIV so please have a read of this really fantastic article, which answers all the questions you might have if you are considering rehoming an FIV cat:
Now back to gorgeous Ethan. He underwent his operation on 21.2.19 and seems to be doing well. Much to his dislike he is now on cage rest with regular vet checks for the next 6 weeks to give the fracture and plate time to fuse. It would be truly amazing if we could have a home lined up for him at the end of his recovery period instead of him having to move to another foster home. He is a really friendly cat with a lovely temperament but we know there is a real risk he will be overlooked because he is black and FIV+.
So in summary what’s the ideal home we would like to find for Ethan?
FIV cats cannot be allowed to free roam however we don’t want Ethan to have to be an indoor only cat as he has lived his life enjoying the great outdoors so we do want him to go to a family who are prepared to build him a catio on the back of the house or cat proof their garden for him and where his indoor space will be of a decent size too. We know that Ethan is friendly and ok with children but it would worry us rehoming him to a busy household with young children as they won’t understand the need to make sure windows and doors are kept closed at all times. Ideally your home should have a porch to ensure he can’t come out of the front door when you come in.
We know we are being quite specific but Ethan is a lovely boy who’s been through a lot and totally deserves the perfect home waiting for him following his recovery. It’s not just about finding him any home it’s about finding the right one- could it be with you?