I had a rough start: I was trapped at Moffett Field in Mountain View and had been badly beaten up by a big tom cat. Fortunately, the folks at NASA have a cat rescue group (the Ames Cat Network), and they nabbed me and got me to a vet. The Fat Cat Rescue people heard I was going to be put to sleep (more on that later), and took me in and gave me a chance.
I was a mess: my eye had to be removed, and my nose was badly scraped up. Worse yet, my foster mom thought I was feral and ferocious, and took precautions not to pet me or get too close to me. But I'm actually a sweetheart, and worked really hard (like purring every time she came near my cage) to show her I was a nice cat. And so I healed and became accustomed to life with people. They're wonderful.
And although I look tough, I'm a lover, not a fighter.
I have tested positive for FIV. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Most cats who test positive for FIV live long healthy lives and do not show any symptoms. FIV is an immune deficiency virus which means it can gradually affect the immune system of the cat. Many FIV +ve cats are slightly more susceptible to infections than other cats. Indoor-only FIV +ve cats who are fed well and taken good care of usually live to be 15-20 years just like any other cat. FIV +ve cats do not require any special drugs or treatment.
FIV is a feline-specific virus, it cannot infect humans or any other species. It is also not highly contagious among cats. It is not transmissible through casual contact such as sharing water bowls, grooming, playing or sneezing. FIV is transmitted via blood -- usually from a deep bite wound. Most cats that test positive for FIV are young males who have been in vicious fights over mates or territory, or the victim of a bigger nastier tom cat. That's what happened to me! I wouldn't hurt a flea!
So that's my story. Won't you give me a chance?