I was browsing the internet looking for a nice friendly & chatty cat forum and came upon you guys Reading through a few threads made me realise that I had
found a lovely site I live in Alnwick which is in Northumberland in the United Kingdom....so apologies in advance for any spelling mistakes and differences
I'm Gill, 44 years old, married to Neil and we are slaves to two little tyrants....err I mean Precious Angels....called George and Suzi Both are, sadly, FeLV+ but we knew this when they came to live with us and it certainly didn't put us off.
For the past three years we have been long-term fosterers for the old and abused cats in a local small rescue - the People's Animal Rescue & Rehoming Team (PARRT). So far we've had 10 cats from the charity - usually old ones with ongoing health issues - and we find it SO satisfying to show these precious oldies love and warmth and a full belly. Some have only been with us a few weeks before leaving for Rainbow Bridge and others have stayed months. We cry buckets when each one leaves us but it never stops us, once we dry our tears, picking up the phone to Linda who runs the charity and seeing if she has anyone special in need of some love. The longest we remained cat-free was in August this year when Misty succumbed to cancer after 14 months with us. She hated and trusted no humans when she came to us but in her last few months she really changed and became a feisty but loving old lady. When she passed on we said ''No more!'' We lasted three weeks!
George came home to us on September 9th. His 'story' is: He was dumped in a box in the garden of a veterinary nurse and she took him into her workplace, did all the health checks etc and rang Linda. She, the nurse, couldn't keep George as her own two cats wouldn't accept him and when blood tests revealed him to be FeLV+ she certainly couldn't risk her own two. George went to stay with Mel who has fostered for PARRT for a while...though she normally takes the feral kittens and tames them. Her house was empty at the time so she took George and he soon became known as Gorgeous George because of his amazing loving placid nature. Three months after his initial blood test George underwent another to see if his body had beaten the FeLV virus but sadly it hasn't. Mel would have quite happily have kept George if he wasn't carrying the virus but having had a cat years ago that succumbed to it she felt that she simply couldn't bear to see Gorgeous George go through it. And that's where Neil and I came in!
Suzi came home to us on 23rd October and her story is: she was, basically, used as a breeding machine from a very very young age - just so her 'humans' (for want of a better description!) could sell the kittens for money! Even just a couple of years ago kittens were changing hands for a lot more money than they had even just a decade earlier because, due to folk getting their cats neutered, kittens were scarce. As often happens the idiots just saw £££ and jumped onto the bandwagon and didn't neuter their cats so they could make money from the resulting kittens! When kittens didn't sell they were dumped....with charities if the kittens were lucky! That's how Suzi ended up with PARRT - she wasn't 'earning her keep' so her humans didn't want her!!! PARRT spayed her and she was temporarily housed with another fosterer. When we heard about her, and how she was having to live in a bedroom all on her own as Patti's other 11 cats did not have the FeLV virus, we immediately drove around with our cat basket
George was rather horrified at this Big Scary Monster in His House But after a couple of weeks of skirting around each other they both relaxed and they now get on great.
Both are still very healthy and happy with no signs of the virus but we both accept that they probably won't reach their teens But, for now, they are both in their Forever Home and will be pampered and loved to within an inch of their velvet paws for however long they ARE with us
George is the tabby and Suzi is black.