As we know, many cats are overlooked when they have a condition in which people don’t clearly understand. Such is often the case when it comes to FIV. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and it’s not an immediate death sentence for cats. In fact, more cats would be adopted if people better understood what it was and how it works. And, as many of you already know, Marmalade has FIV.
For Monique the long-haired tabby cat, she’s been at Battersea for over 120 days. In hopes of finding this sweet girl a home, the good folks at Battersea thought to through her a little party this past Valentine’s Day weekend in honor of her second birthday and 100th day in the shelter.
The only problem? Well, no one had the heart to show up. She was all alone, with no one wanting her.
When news quickly spread of her misfortune, little Monique grew into a viral sensation. But despite her newfound fame, HuffPost reports that,
“Monique is blissfully unaware of her new found fame but the rest of us have been thrilled and overwhelmed by the response to her story.”
Her adoption profile still shows that she’s available, and it’s full of precious photos and detailed information about this sweet cat.
Learn more about Monique, as told on her bio on Battersea’s website:
Magnificent Monique is patiently awaiting her forever home at Battersea. Her beauty speaks for itself, but there is more to this unique girl than meets the eye. She has an adorable gentle nature and a lot of affection to give, once she feels safe and settled.
Monique loves spending time with her human friends and enjoys leaping around her pen when they play with her favourite string toy. She also loves a good head and chin rub, and will let you know just how much by purring away in delight!
Monique longs for a home and garden of her own where she can play until her heart’s content and snooze away on her new family’s warm laps. Monique is looking for an enclosed garden she can access via a cat flap.
**Please note: Monique is in search of a home where she will be the only pet.**
About Battersea UK, as told on their website:
Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and has been since 1860. We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we help every dog and cat in need – whether it’s newly born or getting on, cute or cute in its own way. Find out more about our work and how we care for over 7,000 animals every year.
Remember, FIV is a slow moving retrovirus. While it does attack they body, it’s more of a marathon spread than a quick sprint, to put it in casual terms. Most cats with FIV lead normal, healthy lives and show no symptoms for many years (if at all). When a cat with FIV crosses the rainbow bridge, it is generally due to complications of another illness. Their immune systems are suppressed and caused them to be more susceptible to secondary illnesses.
Hopefully Monique’s viral story can help find her the forever home that she deserves. If you or someone you know would be interested in adopting her, don’t hesitate to reach out.
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP; FOSTERING SAVES LIVES & SPAY AND NEUTER!
All Images Courtesy of Battersea