Gizmo came into our care 2 weeks ago as part of a TNR/Relocation project after his caretaker sadly passed away. When we arrived at the site we were presented with many cats that watched us from a safe distance, but not Gizmo. He didn’t take long to make himself known and let us know that he wasn’t adverse to some attention. Gizmo had all the signs of being an “active tom” and he had multiple battle wounds. When it came time for him to go to the vets we knew the likelihood of a “positive result” and that’s not always a good thing. Gizmo is FIV+ So, what does that mean?

For now it only means that he has a weaker immune system than cats that are negative. As of now he is showing no signs of any underlying issues and is in good health, although still in need a couple more baths and a good brush 😉 It means that he is more susceptible to other feline ailments and should he get sick it could be much harder to treat him and recovery could take longer. So protecting him from exposure is our main priority. Gizmo is approximately 3 years old and as he ages his immune system will continue to weaken, but many FIV cats who are properly cared for, in safe environments, live full happy lives.

Gizmo is looking for a home where he can be kept indoors with the option of supervised outdoor access on nice days. FIV+ also means he could potentially pass it on to other cats through fighting or mating but neutering has greatly reduced these risks. Nonetheless, we are looking to rehome him as an only cat or potentially with another FIC + cat, once there is a proper structure in place to allow for careful and slow introductions. Gizmo likes a quiet life and for this reason, in order to keep stress to a minimum, we will be prioritising homes without young kids or bouncy dogs.

Gizmo is a charming and sweet boy who deserves a chance at a forever home. If you think you can offer him what he needs please complete an online adoption application form. All of our cats and kittens are neutered, vaccinated and microchipped