I adopted Jenna Wade when she was about 8 years old.  She’s a big, fluffy, love bug. All the volunteers at POA loved her. She was adopted out a couple of times and returned both times for no really good reason.  She has been with my husband and I for about 4 years now. She and her step brother, Phinny, get along great. The two of them absolutely rule the house. They let me know when it is breakfast time and dinner time. They sleep in bed with me. And they play fight, bapping each other around like a boxing match, with no one getting hurt. Jenna is a real character who brings us lots of love, fun and entertainment. She is sleeping on the couch next to me now. I can’t imagine life without her. Jenna is FIV+. She is 12 years old. And we have never had to treat her any differently than any of our other cats due to the FIV+.

 - Nancy McCollum


 

“ Being a volunteer at POA I have become very familiar with FIV+ cats. I had 2 non FIV cats at home when Sunshine came into our lives. He was about 2 yr old FIV+ and had a tough beginning at the shelter in East Hartford, My wife Judy and I took him into our home and after a lengthy introduction period which was due to his tough street attitude and not his being FIV+ all 3 cats co-existed peacefully.
A short time later cancer claimed our female tortie Brandie which left a void in our household. A few months later a scared and untrusting big gray long hair cat which I named Dakota and who was also FIV+ came home with me. Sunshine and Dakota who are FIV+ and my other cat Murphy who is not FIV get along really well. They have each a unique personality and are a joy to have. They have had no health problems are playful and loving. Both Sunshine and Dakota sleep in the bed with me every night. I find that FIV cats are friendly and loving and I hope that anybody considering adoption to give them a chance.

 - Manny & Judy Silvia


 

I just want to encourage anyone who is opening their hearts and homes to a rescue cat, to consider a cat that is FIV+. I adopted my first cat from POA 13 years ago. Her name was Elaine, known as Smokey when I adopted her. She passed away from renal failure last summer (She was not FIV+). I went to POA in hopes of finding another furry companion, and was introduced to Mow Mow. I was told that he was FIV+, but that did not stop me from seeing how well we got along. We went in the room, I sat on the floor, and he jumped on the chair next to me. I will be honest. I did have to think about his diagnosis, but I was given some literature on the subject and how the cats can live the same life span and quality of life as a non FIV cat. I have done some homework on my own, and that seems to be the consensus.

I make sure that Bob gets a high protein diet, and his scheduled veterinary visits. Basically everything a non-FIV cat receives. Bob has brought so much happiness into my life. He greets me and my husband at the door when we get home, then rolls on the floor for belly rubs. He is very active and playful, loves his toy mice and has a great appetite!

Please go in with an open mind when adopting. A cat that is FIV+ also needs a chance for a permanent home and a loving family. Bob is a testament to that.

- Patty Chase


 

When we found Bryson at the Protectors of Animals cat shelter, he was a skinny black and white cat with scars, missing hair and teeth. At 10 years old with FIV, Bryson was not a likely candidate for adoption. Sweet, but not very outgoing, Bryson kept to himself in the shelter. But he, like so many older cats, deserves a home. So we did our research and discovered that the risks and life span of an FIV+ cat were not unlike the risks and life span of cats in general.

We brought him home knowing that, like with any cat, our goal was to keep him healthy, safe and happy. And like with any cat that comes from a shelter, Bryson became a completely different cat in our home! Playful, talkative, outgoing, and snuggly, we discovered that Bryson’s FIV status was not affecting his quality of life, nor ours.

 Since we adopted him, Bryson has undergone two medical issues unrelated to FIV and recovered with flying colors. We make sure he is up to date on all his shots and we monitor his health, just like we would with a non-FIV cat. FIV cats can lead a very long and happy life and while we know that each cat has a different life span, we are confident that Bryson’s quality of life, as well as ours, has been exponentially raised by coming to live with us.

- Nicole Berube & John Thomas