Hi, I'm CleoCATra, queen of my foster home! My foster mom tells me that I am an all around “10”! I could go on and on about my wonderful attributes... I am an absolutely stunning pastel gray tortie. My face is mesmerizing and I like to be verbal. My coat is sleek and my coloring is stunning.
I am a very smart girl who loves to interact. My foster mom calls me nosy but I prefer to describe myself as curious. My foster mom keeps her dogs out of my cat room but I would actually love to meet them. I am not scared of anything! I love to play but I can also be gentle and calm. My favorite is falling asleep on my foster mom's lap. My greatest love is people!
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.
Cleo's estimated date of birth is 7/22/20, and her adoption fee of $175 includes: vet exam, Feleuk test (negative), FIV test (light positive), FVRCP (distemper combo) vaccination, rabies vaccination, routine deworming, flea/tick preventative, microchip and spay.
What does FIV+ mean for Cleo? 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 and 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.
Feel free to discuss Feline FIV with your veterinarian prior to meeting sweet Cleo! 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)