Thursday, October 1, 2009

Windy the cat

Isn't he beautiful? We love this cat. Many of you have heard the story already, but he needs a home, and fast. He is loving, playful, loves to sit on laps and be petted, chases toy mice, and is litter trained.

Why then does he need a home? Well, we tried to give him one. One of Natasha's teachers found him eating food she puts out for their outdoor cats, and named him Bob. We brought him home and fell in love and Mira named him Windy. We didn't yet know enough about his friendly playful personality to give him a name, and Windy seems to have stuck :). The next day, when taking him for his vaccinations, we found out that he has feline leukemia.

Feline leukemia is very easily transmitted through grooming and shared water/food bowls, so he cannot be exposed to healthy cats, or they too will contract this disease. For Windy, this also means a shortened life of 5 to 6 years and his being more susceptible to colds and infections. Most cats with feline leukemia live perfectly healthy lives until then. He can live with dogs or other pets, just not cats. He also needs to be an exclusive indoor cat to avoid exposing other cats.

Due to the contagious nature of feline leukemia most shelters and rescue centers cannot accept him for adoption, and the ones that do are full with waiting lists.

Windy is currently being boarded, in isolation, at our vets office. They play with him, and he is very loving and playful when we visit. We are paying his bills and board for the next week but if we cannot find him a home, this otherwise healthy, playful young cat will have to be euthanized.

He will need to be 'fixed' and will need his yearly vaccinations as would any other cat.

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