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tashabear
tashabear
max update
We've decided to keep him (and thank you SO much to everyone who posted with messages of support and sympathy!). The long-term prognosis is, of course, poor, but all cats die. We'll just have to keep on top of his health so that he stays healthy as long as possible and so that when he does get terminally ill, he doesn't suffer needlessly.

He needs to stay segregated from Mathilde for a month or so to get the sperm and testosterone out of his system (apparently he can still breed for up to two weeks post-neutering), so we do have time to really think about this. Then when we do bring him upstairs, the vet suggested that we put him in a carrier and let Mathilde get used to him that way, where they can't hurt each other. My real fear on that front is that she'll goad him into doing something with her little displays of dominance, but he's pretty mellow and once neutered, should become less aggressive.

If we decide it's not working, we'll find him a new home, one that either already has another FIV positive cat, one with a dog, or one with no animals at all. Now that he's neutered and has all his shots (except for rabies; he gets that after his 6-month quarantine), he's more adoptable. We won't put him out on the street, and we intend to goive him a shot at a good and happy life. After all his been through in his young life, I think he deserves it.

i feel: hopeful hopeful

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Comments
was1 From: was1 Date: December 12th, 2003 04:53 am (UTC) (base camp)
Hopefully the two of them will be able to live together safely. If not it's good that you have other options. It's also nice that he can live a fairly normal life until the virus goes into the active stage.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2003 05:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
We hope so. It's something to be approached cautiously, definitely. I have a pretty good friend who's a vet; you can be assured we'll be contacting her.
sushimare From: sushimare Date: December 12th, 2003 06:02 am (UTC) (base camp)
Awe, I'm sorry to hear about Max. starbiter just lost her cat, Ronnie, he had FIV. He was a very lovable cat though, I really liked him. If Max is as sweet, you'll have many great memories of him and the knowlege that you saved him from the streets and made his life happy and comfortable. :) I hope to meet him someday.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2003 06:06 am (UTC) (base camp)
Max is a love, and he was so very good at the vet's -- I was very proud. I'm glad we made this decision; it's going to take time and attention, but I think it's a good thing.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: December 12th, 2003 08:55 am (UTC) (base camp)
You are so cool. Lucky Max to have found you when he needed someone.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 12th, 2003 08:59 am (UTC) (base camp)
Lucky us to get a 13 pound lump o'kitty love!
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