Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Cooper
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Cooper:
Over at the Veteran's Home in Grand Rapids, there lives every spring and summer a population of cats that employee Anne Lebednick cares for. When she comes across a nice one, she let's me know, and we set out to get them in, one by one, to the clinic, then on to the shelter for safe keeping. When she told me, back in May of 2009, about this gorgeous young fella who was hanging around, I told her it was time to start working her magic.
Much to our dismay though, this cuddle bug - born we think in 2007 - turned out to be positive for Feline Leukemia virus, and since there are quite a few females in heat on the grounds, we are worried that he may have fathered some kittens, possibly spreading the disease on to a mom or two while mating, and putting the babies at risk unknowingly. Thankfully now that Coop is 'cooped up' so to speak we can eliminate one possible source of infection, but if he isn't the carrier, then Anne has her work cut out for her; we have to stop the spread of Feleuk if we can by catching them, getting them spayed or neutered, and placing whomever is friendly enough to do so.
Cooper is loving the indoor life, and has made many friends quickly. He is very social, very sweet and of course drop-dead gorgeous too! He appears to be very healthy, and once we bathed him and got out all of the mats, burrs, twigs and such from his coat, he felt oh-so much better! Thanks to Anne for always looking out for these homeless kitties - they appreciate you, as do we! And a huge holiday thank you goes out to our friends, John and Maureen Darling, for paying for this fella's room and board for 2010!
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