November is a busy month for birthdays around here! Last week we celebrated Delilah’s birthday, and today we are celebrating Sassy’s!
It’s been 4 years since we welcomed street-cat Sassy into our family, and we’ve never looked back. It seems like just yesterday that she was sleeping in the flower pot on the back porch of our old apartment <3
Today not only marks the 4th anniversary of the day we officially welcomed Sassy off the streets and into our family – it marks 4 years of healthy and happy living for Sassy. For those who might not know, Sassy is FIV+. You would never know it though. In the 4 years we’ve had her, she has never once been sick or showed any signs of illness whatsoever. This just goes to show that an FIV+ can CAN live a healthy and happy life, as long as they are properly cared for.
Though Sassy is healthy, she unfortunately has to be kept separated from our other cats. Normally, an FIV+ cat can coexist with an FIV- cat with no issues or concerns for transmitting the disease, assuming the cats get along and don’t fight. However, Sassy does not get along with other cats… at all. We have tried everything to get her to the point where she can be with our other cats, but we haven’t had much success. At this point, we’ve just resigned ourselves to the fact that Sassy will always have her own living quarters.
The only other cat she can be around is Delilah, because Delilah just ignores her and doesn’t want anything to do with her either. So for a couple hours every day, Delilah and Sassy roam the house “together,” avoiding each other at all costs. The rest of the day, Sassy stays in our office, where she has her own cat tree, litter box, scratchers, toys, and bed. Thankfully, Bobby works from home and spends a lot of time in the office, so Sassy gets to enjoy her daddy’s company for much of the day.
Though having to keep Sassy separated from the other kitties isn’t always easy, I wouldn’t trade her for anything. She’s such a sweet and lovey girl, and she brightens our every day. I am grateful that she came up and said “hello” to me outside our old apartment that day years ago.