FIV Profiles - Nick
9 FIV lives -
We have selected just a few examples from the FIV cats who have lived in the sanctuary. We have chosen each as an example of how well FIV cats can do - some have other problems to deal with on top of the virus
Nick has been chosen to illustrate how well an FIV cat can do despite a very bad start in life. We believe, based on the experience of many FIV cats down the years, that those cats who have a bad start in life do not do as well as those who are properly fed and cared for in those vital early years; FIV is not the cause, it is just one extra factor they have to deal with.
We rescued Nick at a young age from a Blue Cross centre in Devon, where he'd been taken as a stray and was destined to be put down because of his FIV status. He was, quite literally, rescued in the 'nick' of time.
When he arrived, in 2004, he was a scruffy, terrified little cat; but with TLC, good food and veterinary care, he blossomed into a beautiful cat with the sweetest of natures.
Nick, after a few years, developed kidney problems, we believe due to his bad start, but he did so well on his medication and frequent vet checks, that he was able to have a much needed dental in 2009. Sadly, in 2010, liver problems followed the kidneys.
Nick was always one of Barbara's favourites; he grew into a really handsome cat with a very sweet nature. Barbara found Nick dead in his bed one morning. He left such a big hole in the Fivery - at least he had six good years that he might otherwise not have had.
Nick is a great example of a young FIV in a poor state recovering to be in beautiful shape.
When he arrived in 2004 he was young,
frightened and in poor condition
- picture at top shows him at his best in 2007.
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