Hey, look me over! My name is Clover! I am a very demure, sweet girl and I am learning that people are good! I didn’t know that before, which is why I spent a lot of time hiding and trying to stay safe when I first arrived at my foster home. I have since learned that toys are fun and that it is okay for me to let my guard down and finally enjoy myself! I like to be with other cats and I cuddle with my sisters at bedtime. I am a very tidy girl and am very good about keeping my beautiful coat well groomed.
I still get spooked sometimes by sudden movements but I am really enjoying gentle petting from my foster family. I don’t have a mean bone in my body and I have a TON of love to share. I would do best in a household without a lot of commotion.
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.
Clover'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 Clover? 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)