Smoosh arrived at Lort Smith after another shelter couldn’t rehome him.
“He was a little thin, and had scars over his eyes – clearly from a fight. But immediately a lovely cat,” said Dr Paula who gave him his initial examination.
We’re not going to lie, before he arrived at Lort Smith, life was tough. For years Smoosh had clearly been left outside, exposed to the harsh sun.
This caused skin cancer on his ears – common in fair cats. His ears needed to be removed to ensure an infection did not develop.
In addition to this vets quickly discovered that Smoosh was completely deaf.
Once the team discovered this it explained why a cat with such a gentle personality could be sporting so many battle scars from cat fights.
It was clear that in his previous life, neighbourhood feline louts used to pick on Smoosh – causing him to contract feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).
Although FIV positive, Smoosh’s overall health was in very good shape, and his charm took everyone by surprise.
Stacey had spotted Smoosh not long after he arrived at Lort Smith. She kept her eye on him for weeks before making her move. As time went by and he didn’t find a home, she knew it was time to test him out with her FIV+ cats at home.
To say they got on like a house on fire is an understatement – her two cats immediately welcomed Smoosh into the home, and the adoption papers were signed shortly after!
Smoosh now lives a peaceful indoor life with his two FIV+ buddies Mitta and Kong – and loves every minute of it.
“My boys get along so well. Kong and Mitta know that Smoosh is special needs and they are so respectful and caring towards him. I love my FIV boys,” said Stacey.
FIV positive cats should not be overlooked when deciding to adopt. They simply have a compromised immune system and can still live long and happy lives. And they have just as much love to give!