Well, technically, we have no idea when Sassy’s birthday is, but today marks the one-year anniversary of Sassy joining our family! We like to call it her birthday so that we have a date by which to gauge her age. When we rescued Sassy last year, the vet estimated her to be roughly 2-3 years old. We decided to go on the young side, so that puts Sassy at 3 years young today!
We have gotten lots of new followers since we rescued Sassy last year, so there are many who have never heard Sassy’s story. I’m going to let her share it with you…
HEY, everybody! Sassy here! Thank you for stopping by to celebrate my birthday with me. This past year has been the best one I’ve ever had, and I’m so excited to have a loving family and so many wonderful furiends to celebrate it with. For you to understand why this past year has been the best, I’ll need to go back and share my story, so here it goes!
So one day, Mom took me to the vet to have me tested and vaccinated and spayed. The vet told Mom I was already spayed, and he also told her that I had AIDS. He explained that I would most likely only live a few more years and should just be kept outside because I could pass AIDS on to Mom and Dad’s other kitties just by licking them. I couldn’t believe my ears!!! Mom and I left, and she cried the whole way home. I so badly wanted to comfort her and tell her that I wasn’t sick, that I felt perfectly fine and not to worry!
When we got home, Mom got on her computer and came out onto the porch to sit with me. She read anything and everything she could find on FIV, and I of course helped her. That’s how she learned the vet had given her very bad information.
A couple days later I went to another vet. This one was much nicer. He validated all that Mom had read online – that I DON’T have AIDS, that I should live inside, and that I would only give FIV to the other kitties if I bit them really hard. This was such a relief to Mom, and to me too. It was a couple days after that that I got to go INSIDE!!! It was so warm and comfortable – much better than the outside! I finally had a home and family to call my own.
There is just one problem…. I don’t like other kitties. I forgot to mention that I have scars and missing fur patches from where mean kitties used to bite and attack me when I was living outside on my own. Because of this, I don’t trust other cats. I LOVE my mom and dad, but I don’t want anything to do with the other 4 kitties who live here. In fact, I try to bite and attack them whenever I see or hear them. That’s why I have to be kept separate from them. But that’s okay, because I have my own quarters! The whole upstairs is my domain, and I don’t have to share it with any other cats! I have three rooms to go between, and tons of windows to look outside from. And I get to sleep with Mom and Dad a lot at night time. I am trying to trust and get along with the other kitties, with help from Mom and Dad, but it is hard for me. Maybe one day I will change my mind about them.
So today marks the one year anniversary of when I went from being a stray kitty to being a rescued kitty; of when I went from being hungry to having three yummy meals a day; of when I went from living in the cold and harsh outdoors to living in a warm and safe home; of when I went from being homeless and alone to having a loving family to call my own. This past year has been the best ever, and I can’t wait to celebrate many, many more.
We hope you will stop by on Monday for Part 3 of our FIV series – we will be sharing real-life success stories of FIV+ and FIV- cats peacefully living together. If you’ve missed the first two installments in the series, we recommend checking them out too – The Ins & Outs of FIV and The FIV Vaccine: What You Need to Know.
*If you’ve read our post on the FIV vaccine, then you know that there is no way to tell if a cat tests positive for FIV because they are truly infected or because they have been vaccinated. It could be that Sassy was previously vaccinated for FIV and therefore tests positive for the virus. This is a possibility, as she was already spayed when we found her, so she must have belonged to someone at some point. However, because we cannot possibly know for sure, we have to proceed under the assumption that she is FIV+.