Mr. Debonair January
FIV Positive & Positively Wonderful!
Mr. Debonair, Mr. D, D Boy, My Little Man, Fuzz Butt. By what ever you name you call him, he’s the sweetest fur ball on 4 paws that you would ever want to meet. And he is FIV Positive.
Mr. Debonair was a stray who limped in to our yard one day and planted himself under a shrub. He had made our yard part of his daily route through the neighborhood for quite some time, but had never stopped before. I had made many attempts at friendship with no success.
That day was different. He stopped for a reason. I think that he stopped at our place because he knew he needed help and he knew he would find with us. And, of course, he was correct.
His paw was twice the size it was suppose to be. He allowed me to scoop him up without any fuss and we headed for the vet’s office. While treating his infected paw we also ran all of the usual tests you would give a stray. The results came back FIV+.
I was concerned about an FIV+ cat joining our family. I had 3 Senior lady meows and didn’t want to put them at risk. Also, 3 cats and a dog was more than enough for me to take care of!
I’m a full-time, professional pet sitter with hundreds of customers. You would think it would have been easy for me to find a home for one sweet, little man. Not so. I discovered that no one wants an FIV+ cat. After several months I had to acknowledge that if Mr. D was to have a home it was going to have to be with us.
And boy do we feel lucky! D Boy is one of the sweetest, most relaxed cats I’ve ever known. And he is definitely the most respectful. He doesn’t try to take what isn’t his. He waits his turn, which is #5 out of 5, for treats and love. It was these qualities that allowed him to stay with us.
When he gets a cut or scrape it does take longer for him to heal, but other than that he a healthy, low maintenance cat. I know he isn’t going to live as long as my senior ladies (15-20 yrs.), but he can expect to be around for a good 10 years. And we are grateful for every minute!
So the next time you hear of an FIV positive cat in need of a home, give it some thought. I promise you won’t regret it!
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