Q: How did you meet him/her?
When she was brought into our local shelter, I took her in as a foster kitten to wait for her retest for feline leukemia because she tested a “slight positive.” After keeping her a couple of months while waiting for the retest, which came up a definite positive, we got attached. My husband didn’t want to let her go to the sanctuary for leukemic cats, so we adopted her.
Q: Do you talk to your pet? If so, what do you talk about? What does he/she say back?
Yes. She usually wants to know why she cannot just eat treats all the time. Her response to whatever I say — “Just get me my treats!”
I can definitely do this. She is a professional sunbather. Amy is a DIVA…a spoiled little Princess.
Q: Is there a life lesson that you have learned from your pet?
Yes. Enjoy every day of your life and don’t worry about tomorrow. Even if someone tells you that you don’t have much time left, they can be very wrong. Ignore them and never give up.
Q: To you, what does it mean to be a responsible pet owner?
Making sure, besides loving your pet and making sure she has food and a safe warm home, that you KNOW your pet well enough to know when something isn’t right. Then if there is a problem, get it taken care of by a vet immediately.
Since Amy likes my husband more than me (even though I do everything for her) and she is his baby, she has brought out his softer side and made us all more of a family.
Q: Share a local resource for pets of any type that more people should utilize.
Sarver Animal Hospital, Dr. Milligan, Jill and other staff. They are compassionate and very accommodating. They make it easy to do business with them. They get to know you and your pet and don’t make you feel like a number when you call with a question or problem.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Yes. Even though cats who test positive for feline leukemia (FeLV+) are often given death sentences and people are told that they won’t live long, many times, given a safe, calm (stress free) loving home, they can thrive and live for years beyond expectations. Amy is 7 years old. We were told she would probably only last a year or two. My friend had an FeLV+ cat who lived to be 8 years old and another friend had one that lived to be 10. Even if they do only live a year or two, these kitties deserve to enjoy what life they can have for however long it is. Most of the time, until they have a “flare-up”, you would never know there is anything wrong with these cats. They are happy, healthy, loving, playful cats just like any other cat. Until the flare-ups happen, they can truly enjoy a wonderful life. Also, a lot of vets now feel that instead of euthanizing an FeLV+ cat, if you happen to get one, all you need to do is have all your other cats vaccinated for feline leukemia, and you can keep them in the same house without issue. We should educate ourselves and end the stigma associated with Feline Leukemia and FIV. These cats deserve love and a life too, no matter how long or short it may be.
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Thank you, Kathy, for sharing Amy’s story and educating us about FeLV+ kitties. Maybe this will encourage someone to adopt these precious babies.
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