We took Sassy in about three months ago. We like to say that she adopted us. She just came up to me in the parking lot of our apartment one evening and started rubbing on me. We weren’t looking to adopt another kitty, but Sassy found us and decided that we would be her new family. She lived on our porch for a few weeks while I tried to find her old family, but I had no luck. After coming up empty handed in that regard, I finally took her to the vet to get a rabies shot and to get tested. Unfortunately, she tested positive for FIV. I also found out that she was already spayed, so she did belong to someone previously. After hearing this news I broke down. I had no idea what to do. All I knew was that I couldn’t abandon this sweet girl. After I got home and pulled myself together, I took to the internet and did a TON of reading and research. I learned that FIV+ kitties can live normal lives, as long as they are properly taken care of. I also learned that FIV cannot be spread very easily. It has to be blood to saliva contact = serious bite wounds. I have since talked to many people that successfully have FIV+ kitties who coexist with non-FIV kitties. I have high hopes for Sassy. It has and will be a long road, but I can’t wait for the day that she can come out of her area of the house and romp and have a good time with the others!
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