Sophie and Sadie were rescued in a mall when Sadie, carrying Sophie in her mouth, was going from store to store, begging to find a place to rest. None of the store owners opened their doors to her plight, and passers-by in the mall did not do anything except take photos of a cute cat carrying her baby....
Both mama and baby were rescued by me and taken to the vet for checkups. Sophie is healthy and chubby, and mama Sadie was clean and tested negative for all viruses, except one.
Through no fault of her own, Sadie tested positive for FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, but she shows no symptoms of it at all (eg, chronic flu and lethargy). However, having FIV is not a death sentence and many cats with the virus can live long and healthy lives, preferably as a solo cat with her baby, although it is possible for a cat with FIV to live in a multi-cat household. It is not contagious and can only be transmitted if Sadie was involved in fights and/or mates.
FIV is a virus that causes compromised immune system and is only to contagious to other cats through mating and fighting. Since Sadie will be neutered and has an extremely friendly disposition, this won't be an issue. FIV cannot pass through shared litter box, food/water bowls, or daily contact such as grooming each other.
Sophie is too young to be tested but she will be when she is old enough to see if she also carries the virus. Sadie is not much older herself (maybe about 9-10 months). She is the sweetest mother and fiercely protective over Sophie, who is just a little bundle of sweetness.
Sadie has been dewormed and deflead, and will be vaccinated soon.
She will also be spayed when Sophie is weaned, and Sophie will be vaccinated prior to adoption. For now, this young mother and her baby are safe and sound, and will be cared for, fed, vetted and loved by us, until they find their forever loving home.
Pair adoptions with mama will be prioritized. There will be a vetting process for potential adopters. Sadie and Sophie must be indoor cats, and Sophie must be spayed when she is old enough.
Please give this mama and daughter a chance at a happy home. Having FIV should not impede any chance of happiness for this young mother and her kitten. Together they will bring you nothing but joy, smiles and unconditional love.