This is the first in a week-long series of interview with less adoptable pets inspired by the BlogPaws Be the Change challenge. All the cats I am interviewing need a home.
Sophie is an FeLV-positive cow kitty who lives at the Marley House in Greenville, NC. The Marley Fund rescues FeLV and FIV+ kitties, who either live at the Marley House or in foster homes. The Marley Fund also promotes awareness and education about FeLV and FIV (there are a lot of myths about these two viruses).
In spite of having tested positive for the FeLV virus you would never know there is anything amiss with Sophie. She has a fabulous personality and we hit it off immediately. We had a great time dishing up girl talk!
Sophie, you are about 5 and a half (according to the Marley Fund website, your birthday is 2/13/05), and they tell me you have been there a long time. Did you come to the Marley House as a kitten? And where did you come from?
Meow, meow! Originally I am from Cary, NC, very near our state’s capital and the only veterinarian college in the state. I was surrendered by my owner to the Marley Fund when I was about 1 year old. It seems that my first owner had another kitty that was negative and they tell me I can’t be around negative kitties. Thank goodness for my new mommies at Marley Fund.
Why are you called “sophisticated” Sophie?
Purrrrr… can’t you tell, I’m a diva! I love the finer things in life — just like my human friends, I love to watch TV, I’m very smart and I know what love is. Plus I can make Excel charts, among other things, on the office computer at the Marley House.
Wow, I only know how to do Word! Tell me a little bit about your life at Marley House.
Life at the Marley House is safe and warm and I have several mommies that come in each day and love on me. We live in an open community room and have lots of fun. My BFF is Cher, she and I are like peas and carrots — we both are a bit jealous and would love to have a human all to ourselves.
What are your favorite activities?
I love to watch my “Cat Sitter” and “Catwoman” videos, watching what is going on outdoors from the big windows, and curling up with my little friend Cher; we look alike too.
What does living with an FeLV carrier like you involve?
Well, it seems to be everyone else that is worried about it, not me. I don’t know the difference. Medically, my life has been normal with exception of having a couple teeth pulled, but that happens to lots of kitties when they get a little older. I live with other kitties like me and we get along fine.
What are some silly myths you hear about cats with FeLV?
Some people think FeLV is contagious to humans and other animals, silly stuff! If that were the case, how would veterinarian offices operate daily? I think most humans think of FeLV as a cancer that is specific to each animal, but it is a virus. Just because you test positive, it merely means that one has been exposed. Boo!
Because you are FeLV, does it mean you have to be adopted as an only kitty?
No, I can live with others like me; hence me and my furr friends with FeLV at the Marley House. So, just adopt a couple of us and all is good! Plus I like doggies, I can live with them too!
What do you think would be the best part of finding a home?
I would get to hog the remote control and not have to share everything with so many. I would like to be the DIVA that I am with a nice, responsible human that would keep me indoors with only with kitties like me (with FeLV). This is my dream. Will you help me live the life I deserve?