Cat of the month: Nelo
This is Nelo
Nelo was rescued from Pego recently where he was living rough on the streets. As he is so friendly it looks as if he may have been abandoned. After a vet check it was unfortunately confirmed that Nelo is positive for FIV. This cat disease is not transmissable to humans, but it means finding him the right home may be more difficult. It will be a personal choice as to whether or not you feel comfortable adopting a cat with FIV, but these cats can live long and happy lives in a normal home. Nelo is a gorgeous boy who loves human company and would make a great pet.
A note about FIV cats:
Previously it was thought that FIV cats had to live separately from other cats and, because of this, many shelters had a policy of putting these cats to sleep as they were too difficult to place. However, research has shown that FIV-positive cats can live with FIV-negative cats and not infect the FIV-negative cats during normal day-to-day interaction; and mother cats infected with FIV don’t pass the virus on to their kittens.
However, FIV cats may be more prone to getting infections and so living with other cats may make them more vulnerable to this.
Nelo is sterilised and vaccinated.