Tessa is a pretty, mosaic patterned tortoiseshell with a complicated history.   She originally showed up at a rural home owned by a senior citizen.  It is an area where unwanted cats are frequently dumped.  There, she was fed and given attention, but the woman didn’t have the resources to take her inside or get her spayed.  So, she had babies and fended for herself outside. Unfortunately, the woman was taken to an assisted care facility and Tessa and her babies were left behind.  A good Samaritan contacted Cat Tales Cat Rescue for help.  A Cat Tales volunteer took her in to be spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms.  She was also combo tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV.  The test showed she was free of Leukemia, but did carry the FIV virus.  She will be retested in a month to see if she clears it.   So, for now, she is an “unadoptable” cat because many people are afraid of adopting an FIV cat.   As indoor cats, FIV cats are not exposed to diseases, fight abscesses and the other stresses of outdoor life.  So, kept inside, FIV cats tend to live near-normal life spans.  My friend’s FIV cat lived to 21 and none of her housemates contracted the virus.   FIV is not easily passed from cat to cat, and requires a deep bit or mating to transmit.   As with humans and HIV, it is not passed by casual contact.

Tessa first two days at Cat Tales revealed a shy cat who flinched and tucked into a ball when you reached to pet her.  At first, we thought she might be semi-feral, but  after two days of kindness, she was purring, murmuring to us with a quiet voice, and begging to be petted.   So, she is NOT a semi-feral cat, but rather a cat that has learned that some humans can’t be trusted.  Not surprising for a cat who has been abandoned at least twice.  In her foster home, Tessais quiet and easy to care for.  She loves to be petted, but doesn’t demand it.  Rather, she waits for it to happen and is delighted when it does!   During the day, she likes to perch on a tall cat tree or to find a covered space to rest.  She would be a great cat for a senior citizen or single person who wants a cat who is okay left alone during the day.  If you are interested in adopting Tessa, please contact Pasados.  Click Pasados Adoptable Catsfor more information.

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Perfectly Imperfect Cats in the Pacific Northwest

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