Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Ninjie
We featured Ninjie last month, but there has been a major development since then that we wanted to tell everyone. Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Ninjie:
Sometimes you get a cat who looks so forlorn and pitiful that you darn near cry when you see him; such was the case with scared-of-his-own-shadow Ninjie. Not brave enough to be a full-on ninja, this fine fella (born in February of 2003) doesn't realize that with 15 pounds of bulk behind him he could be quite formidable, but instead he chooses to hide out in cubbies and corners where he feels most secure. However, once you reach in an pull him out of his hidey-hole, he is very affectionate and open to receiving some much needed TLC.
We aren't quite sure what his story is pre-rescue, but we do know that our friends at Reuben's Room took him in initially back in January of 2010, and he was not too long ago diagnosed with early stage heart disease (Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy), along with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. RR couldn't see keeping him caged all of the time after he was returned to them in January of 2011 (through no fault of his own), so she enlisted our help. Finally in May of 2011 we had room to take Ninjie on in, and even though he doesn't LOOK happy, he really is:)
At present, his heart condition is non-clinical, he is not on any medication, nor does he require any special treatment, except for a calm, quiet place to snooze and slumber in.
But the real bit of GREAT news is that on November 22nd, 2013, after almost three years of living at our Sanctuary, Ninjie moved on over to Crash's! Yup, I am in the process of retesting ALL of our FIV- and FeLV-positive cats at Big Sid's, and Ninjie got lucky when his status came back negative! Not only is he virus-free, but even after sharing close quarters for all of that time at Big Sid's, he didn't contract FeLV either - and this is something to shout about! See, there is a HUGE misconception that both viruses are very easy to catch, when this couldn't be further from the truth; CASE IN POINT RIGHT HERE! Since this sweet senior cat-izen is now a Crash Cat, the chances of him being adopted have increased exponentially, because let's face it, we are only making baby steps in educating the public with stories like his. But, there is hope that with each biography written and read, understanding and knowledge will be gained, until one fine day when the light goes on and everyone gets a home!
This cat has a history of a heart condition.
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