Tough Stuff (ON HOLD)(FeLV+ FIV+)(Waived Fee)
Animal ID 50031541 
Species Cat 
Breed Domestic Medium Hair/Mix  
Age 7 years 3 months 
Sex Male 
Size M 
Color Grey 
Spayed/Neutered Yes
Declawed No 
Site Main Campus, 241 Steedly Drive 
Location Adoptions Lobby 
Intake Date 04/23/2022 
Adoption Price $5.00 
Stage Available
Please give a warm welcome to our amazing kitty, Tough Stuff! He's tough, he's cool and he's searching for his furever family! This handsome, seven-year-old Domestic Medium Hair kitty came to the Kentucky Humane Society after spending some time on the streets. He had a wonderful caretaker who looked out for him and when they noticed he was growing a bit tired of his outside life, they brought him to KHS so we could find him a family who will spoil him as an indoor-only kitty. His name might say he's "Tough" but in all reality, he's just sweet as can be! This friendly guy is a true socialite and wants to be where the people are. He approaches every visitor with a polite meow and wants nothing more than endless chin and cheek scratches. When Tought Stuff first arrived at KHS, he spent some time with a loving foster family who us that while he isn't a big fan of being picked up, he is a very affectionate guy who will happily jump into your lap for attention. We have learned that some of Tough Stuff's favorite things include eating chicken, napping and being with his people. His former caretaker said he mostly ignored the family dog so he may do okay in a home with a dog who's experienced in the art of ignoring cats. Because Tough Stuff is positive for both FIV and FeLV, he must be the only cat in the home or go home with other FeLV positive cats.

With all that said, let's take moment (or two!) to talk about Tough Stuff's immune system. Tough Stuff is a unique cat because he is positive for two different viruses that affect his immune system: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV). Most cats have either one or the other...but Tough Stuff is ever the overachiever! The goal of these viruses is the same: to wound the white blood cells in a body. However, FeLV takes it a step further and tries to cause secondary infections in a cat's body as well. You can imagine the logical chain of events that happens with FeLV-positive cats. Such cats struggle to fight illnesses compared to non-positive cats. A low-stress lifestyle is critical for Tough Stuff because of this. Additionally, although many positive cats do live long lives like any other cat, positive felines often have shorter lifespans than non-positive due to the stress their immune systems experience. We're not going to sugarcoat his condition...but we're also not going to define Tough Stuff by his disease, either. In our experience, FeLV-positive cats are by far the sweetest individuals. (Don't tell the other cats!) They have an awareness of life that inspires us to appreciate the little things in our own lives. Tough Stuff is no different. If you want to add a sweet and loving kitty to your home and think Tough Stuff might be the one for you, come to meet him today! Tough Stuff is neutered, micro-chipped and up-to-date on all vaccines.

Fabulous FIVe:
Kitties with Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are typically available for an adoption fee of $5, but because Gerald has both FIV and FeLV, his adoption fee is being waived altogether. While FIV may sound scary, it's really not! With proper nutrition and veterinary care, FIV-positive cats can live long, healthy lives. Ask the adoption counselor on site for more information.

Fabulous FeLV:
Kitties like me have a shorter lifespan due to Feline Leukemia (FeLV), but we still deserve the chance for a happy life. Because of my FeLV status, I must be the only kitty in my home or go to a household with other FeLV-positive cats, and I cannot be let outside. I will also need an adopter who understands that I will need more frequent veterinary checkups due to my condition. If you're interested in learning more about me and FeLV, please ask my adoption counselor for details.

Owner Surrender:
I came to the Kentucky Humane Society because my owner could no longer care for me. I miss being in a home and have a lot of love to give.

30 Days of Pet Health Insurance

Did you know that every Kentucky Humane Society adoptable dog and cat comes with 30 days of health insurance through MetLife Pet Insurance? Ask an adoption counselor for details. 

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