well, i thought i would give a little update on spotty.
after he started to feel better from his infections my parents decided to NOT listen to my advice and allowed him to investigate their house. it was way too much way too fast and he started to show a bit of aggression - a few scratches on my parents that they thought were sooo bad - in my eyes they were minor at best. it was kind of funny hearing my father say that he "was scared of spotty".
after another month, and once he was altered he really started to adjust to his new life. although he was cautious whenever they had company he did investigate the new people and would hang out near them. there was one exception, me. the couple of times that i was there he would growl at me. i guess he was not yet over the fact that i was the meanie that tricked him into a trap and forced him to go to the evil doctor - you're welcome spotty.
now, he is the biggest (14 lbs) baby there is. my mom is going crazy since she now has to watch every step she takes since he is constantly underfoot. just the other day my mom went outside to do some cleaning of her beehives and spotty follows her and sits on the picnic table bench alongside her. once she gets up he gets up and follows her back inside. last week my father caught spotty up on the kitchen counter and firmly told him no! well, spotty got down, ran into the living room, jumped up onto the chair my mom was sitting in and put his head down on her lap. it was like he was saying "mommy, he is being mean to me".
all things considered (being FIV +), his health seems pretty good. he did develop a uti that required antibiotics but he was fine by the time he finished the meds. he also started to develop another eye infection. the vet was worried that it may lead into another uri but fortunately it did not.
the only negative - seeing as how he is FIV+ i made sure that my parents only buy him ultra premium brands (merrick, wellness, etc.) of food and my parents are worried that they might go broke. he is eating 16 - 20 ounces of canned food daily and not putting any weight on, he just needs that much to maintain his current weight.
all in all this has been one of those sad stories that ends up with a very happy ending.
"In studying the traits and dispositions of the so-called lower animals, and contrasting them with man's, I find the result humiliating to me."