“ When we found Bryson at the Protectors of Animals cat shelter, he was a skinny black and white cat with scars, missing hair and teeth. At 10 years old with FIV, Bryson was not a likely candidate for adoption. Sweet, but not very outgoing, Bryson kept to himself in the shelter. But he, like so many older cats, deserves a home. So we did our research and discovered that the risks and life span of an FIV+ cat were not unlike the risks and life span of cats in general.
We brought him home knowing that, like with any cat, our goal was to keep him healthy, safe and happy. And like with any cat that comes from a shelter, Bryson became a completely different cat in our home! Playful, talkative, outgoing, and snuggly, we discovered that Bryson’s FIV status was not affecting his quality of life, nor ours.
Since we adopted him, Bryson has undergone two medical issues unrelated to FIV and recovered with flying colors. We make sure he is up to date on all his shots and we monitor his health, just like we would with a non-FIV cat. FIV cats can lead a very long and happy life and while we know that each cat has a different life span, we are confident that Bryson’s quality of life, as well as ours, has been exponentially raised by coming to live with us.
- Nicole Berube & John Thomas