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Leroy gets to go out!

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YesItsMeIDontCare Tue 05-Jul-16 14:03:39

He (grudgingly) accepted the harness, so my FIV+ boy gets to enjoy the sunshine grin.

cozietoesie Tue 05-Jul-16 14:13:03

He's a gorgeous boy. smile

How has he settled generally?

YesItsMeIDontCare Tue 05-Jul-16 14:24:43

He seems quite happy with the way his little furry life has changed. He's a complete nutter and still very bitey. Not nasty bitey, but I don't think he was socialised properly when he was little.

He sleeping on the windowsill at the moment 😸.

thecatneuterer Sat 09-Jul-16 21:06:37

Why does he have to have the harness? It's not because of the FIV is it? Neutered FIV cats really aren't a danger to other cats.

lljkk Sat 09-Jul-16 21:15:42

so there is 0.00% chance that OP's cat could pass FIV to another cat?

YesItsMeIDontCare Sat 09-Jul-16 21:33:41

The rescue centre wanted him to go to an indoor home, but I asked about going out on a harness and they thought that was a good idea.

Tbh I'm more worried about him picking up viruses and not being able to fight them off. Selfish of me I know, but there you go.

Icequeen01 Sat 09-Jul-16 21:38:58

He's an absolute beauty and a lucky boy to have found you!

YesItsMeIDontCare Sat 09-Jul-16 21:44:08

cozie found him for me 😊. Sort of. Pointed me at a website and there he was! I thought they'd say no, but the lady I spoke to was lovely and he's been here just over 2 weeks. Spent most of his furry life in rescues so far I think 😿.

thecatneuterer Mon 11-Jul-16 01:21:44

lljkk to pass it on he would have to get into a full on fight, the sort that generally only unneutered males have. That is quite unlikely for a neutered cat.

I really don't think he's any more likely to get a virus off the harness than on it. If it's a safe area for cats generally then I would let him have a bit of freedom if he wants it.

WeirdAndPissedOff Mon 11-Jul-16 06:56:21

Thecatneuterer - I'm not sure about that.
All of my neutered cats have been in a fight at some point, and one of our males has been bitten several times. sad
Not sure if he bites back though, but he has had to have antibiotics, so I guess in that respect anyway there's more risk of picking up something.

It's great that he's able to go outside, though! He really is lucky to have found you.

YesItsMeIDontCare Mon 11-Jul-16 08:03:22

Too close to a busy road tbh. I specifically wanted a cat who needed to be an indoor cat, I had a thread about it a few weeks ago. I didn't want a cat that could go outside and not let it but one who would be safer inside regardless of the road, iykwim.

Besides, the rescue wanted him to go to an indoor home and it would deceitful for me to renege on that agreement.

cozietoesie Mon 11-Jul-16 08:35:34

A quick trot around on a harness sounds safe enough, either way. (And come the winter weather, he likely won't be so keen.)

His coat seems to be recovering? His front is looking very black and glossy. How is he eating now?

YesItsMeIDontCare Mon 11-Jul-16 08:52:08

His coat? He's had a lovely coat since at least 23rd June! grin

And he's never had a problem eating... I think you may have confused Leroy with someone else!

He's lasting longer with brushing though. smile

cozietoesie Mon 11-Jul-16 09:24:53

I think he's likely just happier then. smile

His coat is certainly looking great at the front of him. The brushing is also possibly doing good.

lljkk Mon 11-Jul-16 09:43:26

When I was a kid, Our neutered boys used to get lots of abcesses, I imagine from fights.
The neutered cats I have now, have never had any fight injuries. We live in a much lower density area compared to where I grew up.

OP sounds like a fab kitty mom. smile

cozietoesie Mon 11-Jul-16 09:48:40

I think it's luck of the draw in many cases - what the temperament of your cat(s) is like, whether they have any enemies out there etc etc. I've had neutered boys who have fought, myself, including having fight injuries.

YesItsMeIDontCare Mon 11-Jul-16 09:50:48

blush - thank you lljkk - blush

I do try... I hope Leroy thinks I'm fab too!

cozietoesie Mon 11-Jul-16 09:54:33

He looks happy. smile

hollinhurst84 Tue 12-Jul-16 23:41:46

Mine is neutered and has managed to get a cracking abscess, probably from a cat bite

Out of interest have they done snap test or full bloods? Mine was homed to me as FIV. After struggling with settling in, he had a full blood test and is negative

YesItsMeIDontCare Wed 13-Jul-16 07:15:21

How is Ollie? I didn't see the thread about him missing 'til he was home.

I don't know about the tests. I've got a sheet, but it's not clear who the original vets were. I've emailed Avon Cats, but the lady who runs it works full time so probably doesn't get much chance until the weekends. He's got a "meet & greet" appointment at my vets on Thursday.

I hope he doesn't think he's going back to the rescue. 😔

hollinhurst84 Wed 13-Jul-16 12:03:20

He's good smile
The snap test shows antibodies which I believe they can have from other reasons (it was complex, and I forgot most of it) gringrin
But the actual blood test shows FIV as opposed to the antibodies

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