Happy Ending for Rescued Kitten Thanks to Design*Sponge

Wed, Jan 18, 2012

Animal Welfare

I’m a huge fan of Gracy Bonney, not only because she writes the beautiful and inspiring blog Design*Sponge, but also because she is a true animal lover. And today Grace did a wonderful thing by rescuing a tiny, underweight kitten from the alley behind her house. This little girl was found in freezing cold temperatures and she tested FIV+, which Grace points out is definitely not a death sentence, so there was absolutely no reason to give up hope on little kitty. Gracy brought this cutie home and posted her photos on the blog, and today little girl has a wonderful new home!

Read all about this wonderful rescue over on Design*Sponge, where there are links to more info about FIV in cats. FIV can be transmitted to other cats, but only through deep bite wounds, so if you have docile cats that won’t fight, you CAN integrate FIV+ cats into your home. My own Theo is FIV positive, and he’s a big teddy bear who fits into the family beautiful.

Thank you, Grace, for caring so much!

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13 Responses to “Happy Ending for Rescued Kitten Thanks to Design*Sponge”

  1. 1
    Paula Chait

    I’m also a huge fan of Design Sponge and now have even more admiration for Grace Bonner!! Not only for rescuing an abandoned kitten but for not being scared off by the FIV+ diagnosis. I’ve known several FIV+ kitties who’ve lived long (14-16 years) healthy lives.

  2. 2
    Rescue a CH KITTY

    What a wonderful story.

    Just fyi, positive FIV tests can be in error. We have encountered this several times, especially with kittens. Here are a couple sections from Cornell’s website on FIV:

    • Antibody tests detect the presence of antibody in the blood of infected cats.

    • Because few, if any, cats ever eliminate infection, the presence of antibody indicates that a cat is infected with FIV. This test can be performed by most veterinary diagnostic laboratories and also is available in kit form for use in veterinary clinics. Since false-positive results may occur, veterinarians recommend that positive results be confirmed using a test with a different format.

    • Infected mother cats transfer FIV antibodies to nursing kittens, so kittens born to infected mothers may receive positive test results for several months after birth. However, few of these kittens actually are or will become infected. To clarify their infection status, kittens younger than six months of age receiving positive results should be retested at 60- day intervals until they are at least six months old.

    We don’t test every 60 days, we just retest at 6 mos and 1 year. So far all but 2 kittens have turned out negative and several adults have also retested negative.

    We do not hesitate to adopt out FIV + cats. The majority live long, healthy lives.

    I wish this little girl all the luck and love she deserves.

  3. 3
    DawnC

    That’s awesome! I’ve had my FIV+ kitty for almost 14 years now and he’s still going strong.

  4. 4
    Rose

    Thank you for this new information on FIV+ cats! I always thought you had to keep them separate from non+ kitties.

  5. 5
    Ing

    I think it’s so cool that you all have FIV+ cats. The rescued cat is absolutely adorable.

  6. 6
    Shaina

    Such a wonderful story. We rescued my cat Delilah 4 years ago from a shelter and found out a year later she was FeLV+ and were given little hope for her survival. Last year during her yearly exam, the doctors actually retested her because she is such a healthy and happy cat. Unfortunately she still tests positive, but we hope she is just a carrier. This just proves that there is no death sentence and as long as her give them a happy and healthy home, they can overcome those odds.

    Also, it is very important to keep their environment stress free and keep them indoors only.

    And remember, just because your cat tests positive for FeLV or FIV, it doesn’t mean you should rush to put them to sleep (as many do). Give them life and you will certainly thank yourself later.

  7. 7
    Liz

    What a great story. I’m so glad someone is giving this poor little kitten the home she deserves!

  8. 8
    Layla Morgan Wilde (Cat Wisdom 101.com)

    FIV+ cats are awesome. After seven years of living outdoors as a feral our FIV+ Domino is a loving, healthy lap cat.

  9. 9
    jmuhj

    FIV is NOT a death sentence nor does it compromise a cat’s living a full, healthy and happy life in a comforting, protective and loving family. Kudos to Ms. Bonney for doing what any decent and compassionate human being wouldn’t think twice about doing; and the family who have adopted this little beauty are fortunate indeed to have her beauty, grace and love in their hearts and home.

  10. 10
    joanne

    A SWEET STORY !SO HAPPY TO HEAR THE LITTLE KITTEN HAS BEEN ADOPTED :) )

  11. 11
    stephanie

    I’ve found with cats that test “positive” for FIV that you never know if it will affect their health or not. I have had FIV cats that lived long healthy lives, longer than my non-fiv cats. I also read the person who discovered this wishes now that she hadn’t since it has meant the needless killing of FIV cats in shelters and rescue groups.

  12. 12
    stephanie

    jmuhj, beautifully written response, I agree 100%.

  13. 13
    christine

    What I wonderful story. x


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