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15 January 2008 @ 01:09 pm
Cat, resolved  
So I have a new cat in my basement.

Blinded by the Light

I had named her Alice randomly, but I wasn't wild about the name. mabfan and vettecat kindly suggested alternatives (thanks, y'all), but in the end I just switched her name over to Sarah, which was what I originally meant to call Daisy. (For a while I toyed with "Alice", "Sarah", and "Sabrina", which led to the odd hybrid "Alisarabrina" at moments -- which would at least have been unique!)

But she turns out to be FeLV+. I have one FIV+ cat, and all three of mine are FeLV-; I couldn't mix the populations, so she has to stay in the basement. She's going kind of crazy down there, to the point that she's started obsessing about food more and more -- and biting me. (This is more than the affectionate nibbles she tries for; the worst was a bring-down-the-gazelle clamp on my ankle.) She is frantic about food but not eating what I leave if I'm not there, and not happy with what I give her, and I don't know how to resolve that. And I'm going to be away from the house for long stretches this weekend.

So I've been calling around to various rescues, and one I've worked with has gotten back to me and agreed to take her. She'll be much better off there, where she can interact with someone on a more consistent basis. I feel a little bad, but mostly I feel relieved that as of Thursday, I won't be going half mad with stress over her.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
E.T. Davidoffvettecat on January 16th, 2008 06:04 am (UTC)
Sorry it didn't work out but it sounds like you're doing the right thing.
zoward on January 17th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
we had it happen
I'm sorry to hear about our cat. A number of years ago, we adopted a small kitten from Nevin's Farm (the Methuen SPCA) which turned out to be FeLV positive. As we had an open house with no basement (it was a split level), and three non-FeLV+ cats at the time, we ended up bringing her back to the shelter. I felt terrible about it, but we didn't want to infect the rest of our cats.

I think I told you the story about our cat who had FIP? If not, and if you want to hear the gory details, just ask next time you see me.
michelel72: Hugsmichelel72 on January 18th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: we had it happen
You told me about your FIP kitty. Very sad -- and brutal.

Alisarabrina has been dropped off; she was stressed but sat briefly in my lap when we were given a few minutes. The rescue woman might actually adopt her into a family that has another FeLV+ kitty, and if not she'll be allowed run of an office, so I think she'll be all right. I hope so, anyway. As you note, it's hard, but the already-cats have to be kept safe.