I love this thread!
(Thanks for reviving it, benintheuk... and Kat for creating it!)
This is my youngest (2 years) his name is Tommy...
(As a kitten)
Tommy was born with FIV.
Tommy was always very healthy, until last June when he developed a massive infection. He ran a fever of 107. We spent all night at the emergency vet,
but they were never able to find the source of the infection. It was because of that infection (many, many tests) that we found out he is FIV
positive. Tommy was never once outdoors, and only had contact with my other cat, who is FIV negative, so the vet deduced that he must have been born
with it. It took a few days, but we got his fever down and he slowly returned to normal. We fed him water and cat milk through syringes... one of the
scariest times of my life. I honestly thought I was going to lose him. But, he pulled through and is now stronger than ever.
Tommy is only on nutritional/supplemental support, for the time being... I decided to only go the medication route when absolutely necessary, if it is
ever necessary at all. I have since done a lot of research about FIV and am still learning a lot. He is very healthy right now, but, one day at a
time, I guess. He will have regular viral loads, checkups, and so on, and I'm sure there will be some more rocky times in the future, but I will
never give up on my little guy... I will do whatever I can for him. He has a regular vet, as well as a holistic vet. He has a very good chance of
living a long and (relatively) healthy life. I hope I have many, many years with him... he's such an awesome little guy!
Recovering from the fever... it took his right eye a while to return to mormal.
This is his favourite thing to do... sit on my desk and watch the world go by.
He actually did eat my homework once... that was
a thesis outline.
Next is my big-orange-cat, Milo...
And when I say big, I mean gargantuan. He is huge. Not just fat, but very long and tall! Although he could stand to lose a few thousand pounds (I have
been trying!), he is healthy and happy and such a sweet guy. He acts more like a dog than a cat... always comes when his name is called. He's 10 now,
he will be 11 next spring. He snuggles like no other! I love my big-orange-cat!
He usually smiles for the camera.
Last, but definitely not least, this is my Bucky...
My parents got him for me as a birthday present when I was a kid. We rescued him from a local shelter when he was 9 weeks old. He's an otterhound
mix, scruffy as they come (his fur is like a swiffer cloth... everything sticks to it, not to mention, it is also water resistant... yikes!), and has
never lost his spunk. He is 13 years young... he will be 14 next May! He is my heart and soul... we've grown up together. I can't imagine my life
He has recently started sniffling a lot, so we are going to the vet soon to get him checked for allergies... I hope and pray it is just allergies.
But, other than that, he is in relatively good health... he has become a bit 'lumpy' in his golden years, but the vet has tested him, and all his
lumps are benign. I hope we celebrate many more birthdays. I love him more than anything.
Here are some pictures from his 13th birthday...
So, those are my boys... just thought I'd share.
Glad this thread was bumped up... put a huge smile on my face.