Hello from SOLAS, and welcome to the next chapter of “Cats, Cats, Kittens!”
This week is a very special week for SOLAS kittens, and we have two adorable special needs kittens to introduce you to.
Meet Mike and Molly — a brother and sister pair who were found at 4 weeks old and have been hand raised and love to play and wrestle with each other.
Molly has dark gray stripes on her back and Mike has fluffy medium hair.
Why are they special? Well, they are both FIV positive.
What is FIV? It’s Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Known colloquially as Feline AIDS. It’s very much like Human HIV.
Cats with this virus can be more susceptible to getting colds, viruses and other illnesses. But it’s hard to predict which cats will get sick and which will not. Many FIV cat’s live a long and healthy life.
It is a contagious illness, but only spread by sexual contact (which doesn’t happen in spayed/neutered animals) or deep bite wounds, not by casual contact.
Old wisdom used to say cats with FIV should only be with other FIV positive cats or by themselves, but that is no longer the case. As long as all cats are spayed/neutered and are not aggressive biters, like what happens in unfixed strays, there is very little risk of spreading this disease.
Many SOLAS volunteers routinely mix FIV positive cats with their own negative cats with no hesitation, and some even adopt them.
In addition, Mike and Molly are still very young. It is possible they will “shed” the virus and test negative upon retesting in a few weeks. This often happens when kittens get antibodies from their mother but never really have the virus.
So, Mike and Molly are asking you to give them a chance and a furever home. You will not regret it.
As always, all SOLAS animals are fully vetted and microchipped prior to adoption. If you want to help, SOLAS always needs volunteer fosters or you can donate supplies through our Amazon wish list at tinyurl.com/solaslist or donate via PayPal at paypal.me/solaspetadoption.
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