Sex: Male
Approximate Age: 6 years, 3 months
Breed: Domestic Longhair/Mix
Size: Medium (8 pounds)
Neutered: Yes
Status: Available

The wonderful Mr. Dez came to us in March from Kentucky, and is still on the hunt for a new home to call his own! This guy craves attention, and would love a family who will give him attention when he wants it, but understands he may get a little excited and decide he's had enough.

He has done well with other cats in the past, if they liked rough play. We do not know of his history with children or dogs, but with his curious, and sometimes pushy behavior, he should live with older children, if any. Dez has tested positive for FIV, so he seeks a home that can support him long-term, and because of his rough play style with other cats, he should only live with another FIV+ cat.

Here are notes below from Dr. Erika Bruner, regarding his medical history.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, is one of several viruses that can affect cats.

When veterinarians first discovered FIV, we thought it would make cats sick the same way that HIV (the virus that causes AIDS in people) was making people sick. But it turns out that's not true. We now know that almost all cats with FIV live normal lifespans, and that they only rarely seem to get sick more often than other cats who don't have FIV. We used to think we had to euthanize these cats when they tested positive for FIV in shelters, but now we know they can be adopted out to live normal, happy lives.

We also know now that it is very unusual for a cat with FIV to pass on FIV to other cats in the same household. This can only happen if the FIV-positive cat is biting other cats.

Cats who test positive for FIV tend to have the virus stay in their bodies for the rest of their lives. It can occasionally affect their immune systems and make it more likely that they might get sick, or possibly pass on illness to other cats in their household, although this is uncommon. However, to prevent transmission of the virus, cats with FIV should not have kittens, and they should not live in households where they are biting other cats.

If you are adopting a cat who is FIV-positive, you should be aware of their status, and consider having your vet do a simple blood test with other cats in your household to find out their status also. In the unlikely event that your new cat is fighting with and biting the other cats, please contact us right away to discuss returning the FIV-positive cat to the shelter. Your vet may suggest ongoing monitoring of your cat's health, such as blood work or other testing.

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