Hi, I'm Clara. I have big beautiful eyes and a big heart that makes me who I am. I am very smart and have very quickly learned my new routine at my foster home. I have become very brave and gotten used to all sorts of new sights and sounds that don’t scare me anymore. I love being curious, and playing with my feather toy is a favorite of mine!
I really enjoy gentle affection, and when I look up at my foster mom with my big eyes I know it makes her happy! I have great litter box habits and keep myself clean and tidy. I love playing with my sisters but I can keep myself occupied on my own too.
Behaviorally and socially, it’s best to adopt kittens in pairs, or into a home with a compatible playful cat. Kittens really need a feline playmate in their forever home…and then they can get to play, and snuggle while you're not home, wrestle with each other instead of with your ankles, and grow up with an always-available companion. Bored cats can become destructive cats. If you are only interested in adopting a single kitten, and you’re home most of the day, and able to spend interactive time with a kitten, we may consider adopting out a single kitten. We usually prefer that they be 4 months or older. But each application will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Many of our kitten litters may also be able to be mixed ‘n matched to make a pair if they are not particularly bonded with a sibling. Each foster home knows the kittens' personalities best, and we follow their recommendations for single placements or mix/matching.
Clara's estimated date of birth is 7/22/20, and her adoption fee of $175 includes: vet exam, Feline Leukemia test on siblings (negative), FIV test on siblings (light positive - see below), FVRCP (distemper combo) vaccination, rabies vaccination, routine deworming, flea/tick preventative, microchip and spay.
2 littermates of Clara were FIV tested with a light positive result. What does FIV+ mean? Kittens can exhibit a false positive test result until they are closer to 6 months in age. However, very few of these kittens actually are or will become infected. The FIV test performed looks for antibodies which may be passed from the mother. The test does not confirm the presence of the FIV virus. The vast majority of kittens that show positive antibodies as a young kitten will then test negative when retested as a teenager or adult as the body has shed mom's antibodies. In the rare cases the FIV virus is later confirmed, it can only be passed from feline to feline. Humans and other animals are not at risk of infection. The virus is passed by saliva in the form of a deep bite wound, not by casual contact. This means that sharing food and water bowls as well as normal grooming is not a concern. Some cats may have a more compromised immune system than a FIV negative cat as they age, but can – and do - still live a long, healthy, normal life. (Of course, there is no guarantee that an FIV cat will not eventually develop clinical disease; but there's also no guarantee that ANY cat won't get sick from something sooner or later!) Meanwhile, FIV positive cats still have a lot to give us. FIV is no longer the sentence or stigma that prevents a delightful feline from becoming part of your family. In fact, because many shelters have come to believe it is a non-issue, they have eliminated the FIV test as a part of routine intake exams. Adopt-A-Pet still prefers to test, so that we have full transparency to our adopters. We recommend a FIV test for Clara after 6 months of age.
Feel free to discuss Feline FIV with your veterinarian prior to meeting sweet Clara! And read more about FIV here (copy and paste into your browser):
https://www.fivcatrescue.org/fiv-myths/ (warning: this author of this article has a bit of an 'attitude', but the facts presented are still good information)