Butch is a 7 year old grey tabby neutered male stray cat was brought into the Bath Cat s & Dogs Home in April 2007. As he was a tomcat he was routinely blood tested for FIV and FeLV, but unfortunately for him he was tested positive to FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).
Butch has a super character but has clearly had very little human handling and therefore doesn’t know how to accept such affection but wants to be friendly; it was decided to castrate him and try and find a special person to adopt him rather than be forced to euthanase him.
As he has FIV he will need to be rehomed as an indoor flat cat where there are no other cats and steps must be taken to ensure that the cat does not escape and spread the virus to neighbourhood cats and also to reduce his exposure to other infections. He is looking for a nice spacious home where his new owners will give him lots of love. He must be homed as the only cat or perhaps with another FIV positive cat and where any children are aged 16+.
Apart from FIV he appears to be fit and healthy and cats with just this virus have a significant life expectancy. A lot of studies are still being carried out about FIV and FeLV but the fate of infected cats are a whole lot better these days than they used to be.
If you are interested please do ask about him as he is a smashing cat with bags of character. The Home has decided to try and help cats with FIV/FeLV by demonstrating to the general public with care and caution that in the right environment these cats can live out long and happy lives, to that extent we are going to try and rehome one cat at a time that has this virus.
Can you give our striking lad an indoor home where he can spend the rest of life?