Ebenezer and Elsie

Are you willing to take a bit of a risk?

Ebenezer and Elsie had a really rough start in life. Born outside in a feral colony, they were rescued when people realized this colony needed to be TNR’d – trapped, neutered, and returned to live a life without reproducing! But the babies were tiny – and unfortunately, in trouble. Ebenezer was rescued in the nick of time from two dogs having a tug of war with him 😦  He had bite wounds and was very scared, but survived. His sister Elsie had a horribly infected eye – so bad that it needed to be removed right away, even though she was only 1 lb! Fortunately, she had a great vet and did well.


You’d think after all that, these two charmers deserved an easy rest of their lives… but one more thing was wrong. They both had a weak positive leukemia test. And the first repeat continues to show the same result. What does this mean? It can mean that they may have been exposed as babies, but are still clearing the virus that was passed on by the mom; they may in time test negative.

They may be carriers of leukemia – meaning they could pass it to another cat, but are not sick themselves.

They may have leukemia.

These two kittens are a delight. They play, they purr, they do all the normal kitten things. They have been healthy since rescued, and only time will tell what will be. Right now – they need a home, and a family to love them. The worst case scenario is that they have leukemia- if so, it is unusual for kittens to live longer than a year or two. But – until the end, they can live a totally happy life. If you adopt a kitten knowing this risk, you know you are giving them the best quality of life possible and enjoying them as well. There are no guarantees in ANY life – all this diagnosis means is you KNOW it is less likely they will have long lives. Less likely – but NOT out of the question, because many people have had leukemia positive cats live long beyond any expectations.

If they do NOT have leukemia, but are carriers – they simply need to be kept in a home without other cats. Leukemia is passed from one cat to another through body fluids. On the surfaces in the home, the virus dies within an hour, but close contact between the cats – grooming each other, using the box together, eating together, or any blood exchange – that can transmit it. The great part is these kittens have each other – they don’t need another cat 🙂

And, if they test negative in a few months – they are negative! And you adopted them when it was iffy, and uncertain – you took a chance on them and you all won. Actually, in all scenarios you all win – because the whole point is living today, in this moment. Seeing these kittens enjoy a full and happy life, be it a year or 10 or 20 – living now, in this moment, is what counts. There will be no fee for the adopter who sees past the diagnosis to the little lives waiting to start their day with you – right now, in this very moment 🙂

Contact Nancy at nwahl@netzero.net for more info! And thank you for considering these babies.

Ps – they are neutered, vaccinated, treated for fleas and worms, microchipped, and FIV negative. They will be retested at age 6 months free of charge.



Perfectly Imperfect Cats in the Pacific Northwest

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