Date of Birth: 7/30/2015
Sex: Neutered Male
Color: Orange Tabby
Vaccine Status: Up to date until 8/2021
Intake Date: 07/29/2020
History: Rigby was living under a deck for nearly two years when his caregiver brought him in to have some mats shaved. During this time it was noted that he was not neutered and was in pretty rough shape. We agreed to take him into the program as he is just the most loving guy anyone had every met. He has a broken upper canine and as you can tell from his pictures he lived a pretty rough life. He was clearly a lover and not a fighter when we found a bite wound on his bum! He did test positive for FIV, but that doesn't slow him down at all. He has since been neutered, groomed, had complete lab work completed, and is now living the spoiled life here at the clinic. He has only been here a couple days and is already a staff favorite. He is awaiting a dental procedure to remove the root from his broken canine but will be good as new after.
FIV kitties can live quite a long and normal life. Unlike feline leukemia, FIV is not easily transmitted to other cats. The virus is transmitted by deep bite wounds and not the sharing of space, food bowls, or owners. As with anything there are risks but many of these guys live well into their late teens with little to no issues. Visit the Cornell Feline Medicine site for more information on FIV.