This is the second 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.
I am a sucker for a love story, so when I found out about that Megan, a glamorous, longhaired tuxie girl, found love in the FIV section of Holly’s Place, I had to interview her. Lawrenceburg, KY-located Holly’s Place is the rescue that received the $500 donation that was part of my award for winning Best Cat Blog at the Petties this year, and the group saves special needs pets from kill shelters and other desperate situations. They also have a spay/neuter assistance fund, which includes a trap and release program for feral cats. I am happy to be able to chat with a kitty they have rescued!
Megan, tell me a little bit about your life before you came to Holly’s Place.
A rescue group in Cincinnati, OH had taken me and my kittens in off the street. But when I tested positive for FIV, they couldn’t keep me there. So they asked Holly’s Place if they could take me and a nice woman named Melissa drove me to Kentucky. (My kittens were all healthy and negative for FIV, by the way, and I’m assured they got good homes.)
How did a pretty girl like you wind up with FIV?
I’m the only girl in the FIV space at Holly’s Place because it’s usually the boys who get this disease from fighting. I may be petite and pretty and generally sweet, but I don’t take any guff from any cats. So I probably got it when I had a fight with another kitty when I was on the streets.
What is life like for you at Holly’s Place?
I hunted a lot and actually, because we have a screened in deck we can hang out in at Holly’s Place, I still get the occasional bird that slips in, which upsets Victoria, my foster mom.
I hear a rumor you are not enamored with your Frontline treatments!
Oh my gosh! Christina’s been telling tales on me hasn’t she? Yes, I scream like a BANSHEE when I see them coming with that stuff.
Well, Ikey is quite the looker. All of the FIV boys wooed me, of course, but Ike and I had an instant spark. We were meant to be together. My favorite thing about him is probably that he’s such a cool cat — kind of a “Fonzie” character. He’s very sweet, but also tough.
What are a few things a human needs to know who wants to adopt one or more FIV+ cats?
Generally speaking, FIV cats can be adopted into regular homes, as long as they are not biters, and the cats they are going to live with aren’t biters. This rules me out, of course, because I will bite. But for the others, Victoria says it’s all about introductions. You introduce them in a playpen so no one gets hurt and there are no grudges. It can work.
What are some of the biggest myths you have heard about FIV cats like yourself?
Oh gosh, well, some people think they can get this disease from us — not true. Some people worry dogs can get it — again, not true. And then, of course, lots of people think we are all dying — like right now. But most FIV positives can actually live normal life spans.
Megan and Ikey are a bonded couple and would love to share a home with you! If you would like to know more about them, visit the Holly’s Place website. To see more adoptable Holly’s Place pets, check out their Petfinder listings.