Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Luscious Jackson
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Luscious Jackson:
Lucky for us and for FIV or Feline Leukemia-positive cats that end up as strays at the Humane Society of West Michigan that we have a wonderful working relationship, as HSWM are not equipped to house cats with either of the aforementioned viruses. On November 6th, 2012, one of their veterinary technicians (and one of our volunteers) emailed me about (her words) "a 4-year-old big ole' orange boy who may be the sweetest cat on earth" who was FIV-positive. And thankfully at that time we also had a spot open for this boy, as typically we are at full capacity at our sanctuary, with 130 cats.
So on November 9th, another dual volunteer delivered this 15-pound hunk of all things handsome to the clinic, and I was immediately taken by his sweetness, his gentle demeanor and his uber-affectionate nature. Once at Big Sid's, Luscious found his niche kind of back away from all of the hustle and bustle of things, where he was quiet and content to have TLC and treats lavished on him, relishing the kindness sent his way. I have no idea where this beautiful boy came from, but I can't in my right mind fathom why anyone would let him out, let him go and not try to bring him back home.
It is unfortunate that he contracted the virus at some point, but since he doesn't have a mean bone in his well-muscled body, placing him in a home is not going to be difficult; since he isn't a biter there is no risk of transmission to a non-FIV feline. The all too common misconception that FIV cats HAVE to be placed with cats harboring the virus needs to be dispelled, as it is only through biting that transmission can occur. In fact, most of the people I know that have cats with the virus also have a cat or two that doesn't, so adoption IS a viable option!
If you are looking for a gentle soul who wants nothing more than to love and be loved in return, then Lucious Jackson is your man!
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