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St Francis Hospice for Cats  We are a cat charity based in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ that care for elderly & terminally ill cats 🐱. For more information about what we do visit our website.

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Here is Sylvester, another of our foster cats. Sylvester came to SFHFC due to being FIV+. A few years ago he was diagnosed as having a deep routed ear tumour/polyp. Our vet Abdul operated on Sylv's ear back in June 2015, he was able to remove a large part of it although we knew it would grow back.
Over the past couple of weeks Katrina had concerns with Sylv's ear. Katrina has done a great job as she has continued to bathe his ear and administer any medication when he has needed it. Last week after visibly seeing a change in his ear Katrina booked Sylv in to go to the vets. Abdul was able to remove a large section of the polyp but not all of it as it's routed in. We know that in time this will continue to grow but presently Sylv is happy and comfortable and in very good hands with his foster Mum Katrina giving him all the love and fuss that any cat could ever wish for.

Keep strong Sylvester πŸ’œ.

Unbelievably I am having to share some further sad news with you that we have lost Lulu who was another of our foster cats.
Some of you will remember Lulu, she came to SFHFC back in 2010. Lulu came to us with her sister Daisy. She was hyperthyroid and was estimated to be about 15 years old. Over the years she had a few health worries but in general was a happy and contented lady.
When we were forced to relocate from Littleover a couple of years ago Joyce and John decided to foster Lulu. At that time at the age of 20, and showing signs of her ageing years we were unsure how well she would take to the move to her new home. It is to Joyce and John's credit that Lulu thrived with them and really did enjoy her time in their loving home alongside Houdini and Noakes.
Sadly over the past few weeks old age had finally caught up with Lulu and yesterday she passed away in her sleep. Our thoughts go to Joyce and John at this sad time and thank them for all that they have done for Lulu over her time with them.

Yesterday was an extremely difficult and sad day as we said goodbye to our adorable foster cat Ace.
Ace hadn't been himself over the weekend so Kaz took him to the vets yesterday morning. Abdul had concerns and kept Ace in after finding a lump. After considering a couple of options Abdul had felt it best to operate. The lump was sadly a tumour and was attached to his spleen. Abdul was able to remove this but sadly Ace suffered complications while being bought out of anaesthetic and following the operation Ace sadly didn't come round.

This has been heart breaking for Kaz who had fostered Ace nearly three years ago. Over this time Ace has enjoyed good health and has had the chance to live out a very happy and normal life with Kaz, something that not all cats with FIV are able to do.
The suddenness of this has been a terrible shock. He was such a loveable boy who since living with Kaz had never shown any signs of ill health.
Kaz, you did a wonderful thing by opening your home to Ace in order that he could experience a normal loving life, with many many tummy rubs and happy times along the way. We thank you for that and want you to know that our loving thoughts are with you. πŸ’”πŸ’”πŸ’”

Ace has not been himself for the past couple of days. He has had a couple of visits to the vets and today Abdul has kept him in at Blagreaves Vets to have some bloods done and maybe to put him on a drip. We should know the results later today.

So please send all your kind wishes and positive thoughts to Ace and Kaz as it is always a worrying time when our furry friends have to stay in at the vets.

The other day I visited one of our foster cats Ace. I'm pleased to say that following Kaz moving house he has settled in to his new surroundings really well.
At the moment Ace is able to have some supervised time in the garden wearing a harness. He is really enjoying this and it is great to see him happy and relaxed outside.

Due to Ace being FIV+ he can't just roam freely as if he got into a fight with other neighbouring cats he could pass on the virus. Also due to him having a lower immune system he can be more vulnerable to picking other things up outside, so we don't want him venturing far.

We are now looking at making Kaz's garden secure and safe so that Ace won't be able to escape. The plans for this are now underway and the special cat mesh and brackets will be ordered shortly from Felisafe (catfencing.org.uk) a great company we found online. Then it will take some time fixing it all but I will post some pictures once this is done.

Love this picture of Ace that Kaz has posted. Ace is one of the foster cats of SFHFC and here is looking on wanting a share of the lovely chicken salad that Kaz had prepared 😁😻

Meet Muffin and Cyril

Here are two lovely cats that SFHFC rescued earlier this year and are now two of our newest residents.
They had both been taken to the vets and had tested positive for FIV. With no other charity being able to take them SFHFC stepped in to ensure the safety of these cats. Sadly in a lot of these situations the cats aren't as lucky as Muffin and Cyril and are needlessly euthanised, mainly due to the misconceptions that surround the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, otherwise known as being FIV+. They have been with SFHFC for a couple of months now and although I've not yet met them myself I hear from Kay that they are both doing well and have settled into their temporary accommodation very well.

So please share if you know anybody who is looking to home a cat and may be able to give an FIV+ cat the second chance that they thoroughly deserve.

For more information about FIV please visit our website www.sfhfc.org.uk or go to www.catchat.org/FIV.htm where there is lots of helpful information.

5 years ago today our very own Tommy was diagnosed with Diabetes.
Claire and I had to quickly learn about how to care for him and his condition. One of the hardest things was to get our heads around the daily injection, but over time these have just fell into our daily routine. Amazingly Tommy has now had 3,650 injection and I have to say he is brilliant when it comes to meds time. Since then he has increased his ailments with hyperthyroidism & arthritis. We are grateful to have a superb vet and nursing team at Blagreaves along with some great friends Mick & Helen, Sarah, Hayley & Charlotte who have helped administer Tommy's medication to allow us a few mini break's along the way.
You can see from the pics that Tom is (ssshhhhh) probably Penny's favourite, but don't tell the others 😻

Keep well Tommy, we love you loads xx

Here is Houdini, he came to SFHFC in 2011 after being tested positive for FIV. A couple of years ago we fostered him out to one of our trustees Joyce in order for him to live a normal life. It warms my heart to see a photo like this of him relaxing in the sun. It reiterates the importance of giving an FIV+ cat a second chance. Sadly due to a number of misconceptions a high percentage of cats just like Houdini are euthanised every single day.
The work we have done over the years stands as proof that FIV cats can and often do live a normal and happy life. We so hope that we have been able to change some people's views with the information we provide as that may just help to save some lovely adorable cats life. When you look at this picture, just think, he could have been unnecessarily killed six years ago. It's just not right that still happens in this day and age.

When you get that feeling that your being watched.......this is Claude, he is one of the foster cats of SFHFC 😻

We're making the most of the nice bank holiday weather here in the UK doing a few jobs in our garden. Claude is enjoying the weather too and has made himself at home just where Claire is working. Don't cats just know where to sit as if to say, "stop what your doing and give me some fuss".

I have been a bit delayed in sharing some news about three cats we have rescued over the past few months.

This is Snowdrop, we rescued him from a vets after he had been taken in due to being FIV+. We had no background on where he had come from, just that he has the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and some wounds on his head, possibly from a cat fight. We would guess he might be aged between 12 to 15.
Snowdrop is currently residing in our limited temporary accommodation while we await the opening of our new unit. He has settled in alright, Kay says he enjoys his food but isn't an over friendly cat and generally prefers to keep himself to himself and doesn't want any fussing.

Since vacating the hospice in Littleover we have periodically posted about the update on our new unit. We are aware that our schedule is well overdue from our original suggested date. This has been due to a number of different situations which have arose, most of which have been out of the trustees hands. After 6 months where things seem to have stood still we are hopeful that we can get things moving again and would love to see an opening date later this year. So please keep bearing with us, and for those of you who have supported and followed us since our days in Littleover, we really do appreciate your patience.

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