It was a warm June summer night in North Bergen, New Jersey. The moon was shining full, illuminating the mysterious nighttime adventures of the nocturnal creatures. But for one furry loner, the night held unknown terrors and an insatiable hunger.
With one wrong turn down a dark road where no moon shown, the lives of two unsuspecting souls would forever be altered.
As her headlights swept across the desolate road, Dana saw a shocking sight that startled her to her bones. There, in the middle of the road shining in the moonlight, was a rough looking, scraggly male cat.
…Eating a fast food wrapper.
Just like many other “abandoned soul” hunters a.k.a. stray and feral cat rescuers, Dana had all the necessary equipment in her car. Bravely jumping out of the car, Dana was ready to face anything that came out of the shadows. There would be no stopping her from offering a friendly hand to the ravenous critter.
She cautiously approached the wild beast. Their eyes met in the moonlight. The cat let out a cry. Showing no fear at all from his disheveled body, he approached Dana with no hesitation.
The poor creature was starving, having been on the streets for an unknown amount of time.
Dana fed the famished feline, who scarfed down 2 cans of food in roughly 2 minutes! Then he topped that off with a bowl of dry food!
“There were no streetlights, just the moon shining, and the way his eyes sparkled, I knew he was quite magical.”
So Dana began calling him Wizard.
Wizard was covered in scabs, bite wounds & fleas. After devouring the food, he thanked her with a meow that was more like a plea for help. She couldn’t leave him there to fend for himself any longer. She pulled out her drop trap, but Wizard just rubbed up against it and purred.
Dana scooped him up and found him a foster home through her still small but extremely effective rescue group, The Meowtsiders.
Wizard was then off to meet the mad scientist, or what we call the veterinarian.
He is a 2-year-old, now neutered, male and up-to-date on his shots. They found he had some wicked bite wounds and a huge abscess on his neck. The vet basically said it seemed that’s he’s been fighting a lot…and losing. Receiving medication for a bacterial infection, he was now on his way to feeling better.
His blood work did come back showing that he is FIV+, making his rescue from the moon lit streets even more important.
FIV, or the feline immunodeficiency virus, doesn’t mean Wizard can’t live a long and happy life though. Just like the monsters of the silver screen, his condition is just misunderstood.
Wizard, and other FIV+ cats like Marmalade from Cole and Marmalade, just need a few lifestyle changes and humans to love them. Keeping FIV+ cats inside away from the possibility of battle wounds and fighting is very important.
FIV is primarily spread through deep bite wounds and territorial issues can instigate this. Having FIV+ cats spayed/neutered is also important. Not only so that the virus isn’t spread in utero, but for stray and feral cat populations that can grow to staggering sizes.
Now Wizard is loving the indoor life.
After he healed from the scabs covering his body, this little “beast” has absolutely transformed into a beauty.
“He has the cutest face ever and is so soft in comparison to when I first took him and he was covered in scabs. He loves to be combed as well. Not every cat does, but this man takes pride in how he looks!”
With his physical recovery, Wizard has become the playful kitten he should be.
“He’s very sweet, loves to sleep, loves to play, like REALLY loves to play. He will bring his toys to you!”
The amazing and heartwarming transformation after his rescue couldn’t change one thing about him though. He still eats with a monstrous appetite! Wizard scarfs down his meals in record time and loves getting treats. Surely these are much better than a discarded fast food wrapper.
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!