Roy: Courtesy Post
Domestic Short Hair
Tabby and White
10 years 2 months.
This adorable boy named Roy recently rescued in the Bronx. He loves cuddles and back rubs, can be slightly shy but will warm up quickly. He looks like your beloved childhood teddybear--a little rough around the edges, but still adorable. Poor Roy was is rough shape when he was rescued. He had stomatitis, which is a painful condition that causes the teeth to be resorbed into the gums. Roy was very skinny because he was in too much pain to eat. He was also covered in fleas. His rescuer got him all fixed up, and he's gaining weight and loving the pain and itch free indoor life! Roy is FIV positive and FeLV negative. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a virus that affects cats around the world. FIV is only contagious among cats and difficult to transmit. It is also slow-acting, so cats generally do not show any symptoms until years after being infected. The amount of time it takes for the virus to make a cat become immune compromised can vary, but once symptomatic, FIV positive cats are more vulnerable to contracting other diseases. However, with the proper care, FIV positive cats can live healthy, happy lives. FIV is also rarely transmitted through casual contact, like sharing food bowls and litter boxes, social grooming, and sneezing. There is no direct treatment for FIV. Therefore, focus is on extending the asymptomatic period and easing the secondary effects of the virus. Yearly vet care is very important, as is keeping your cat indoors (which we recommend for all cats!) Roy also has chronic stomatitis, for which he takes an oral steroid. It's not expensive. Email to find out more!