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St Francis Hospice for Cats  We are a cat charity based in the UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง that care for elderly & terminally ill cats ๐Ÿฑ. For more information about what we do visit our website.

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This is handsome Tigger. SFHFC came to his rescue a few weeks ago after he was diagnosed as being FIV+. He is a lovely young cat who loves his food and enjoys a bit of fuss, but not too much. He is now up at Kays (in temporary accommodation) where our new unit is going to be. I know that a lot of you who follow us have wondered how things are going. We have had many delays, most of which have been out of the charityโ€™s control. This has meant a very frustrating couple of years but we have continued to do what we can with our limited resources. Along with this we continue to help with the foster cats of SFHFC who I am pleased to say are all doing well. I will aim to post some updates of the foster cats soon.

2018 will however definitely be the year that SFHFCโ€™s new unit will open and if things now go to plan it should be in the first half of the year. In the meantime we continue to rescue the FIV cats that we can.
So please continue to follow/support our little charity as next year we be fully back up and running.

Meet Tigger, he is the latest cat that SFHFC has rescued. Last week we had a call from a vets about a stray cat that had been taken in and had tested positive for FIV. His name is Tigger and he is about four years old. While in the vets he was neutered and is spending a few days in the pen in our garden. I will be posting some more news about him over the next few weeks. Donโ€™t you think he is one handsome cat, so glad that SFHFC has been able to step in and rescue another FIV cat from being unnecessarily euthanised ๐Ÿ˜ป.

Here is our adorable Michael. He has been with us at SFHFC for a couple of years. He is an adorable cat with such a loveable character and is a very happy and contented cat. Again real proof that being FIV+ does not mean the end as a lot of the cats who we rescue prove.

Earlier this year SFHFC rescued Snowdrop after he had been taken to the vets and tested positive for FIV. I am pleased to say that he is doing well in our temporary accommodation while we await the new unit to be finished. Kay tells me that he is not too keen on us humans and when I went up to see him this was as close as I got. Just after I took this picture he gave me a big hiss and went back inside his den. Sometimes it can be difficult when we donโ€™t know the backgrounds of the cats that we rescue as we really donโ€™t know what they may have been through. Only time will tell how he develops with us.

Earlier this year SFHFC rescued this lovely chap Muffin after he was diagnosed with FIV. He is in our temporary accommodation and I'm pleased to say he has settled in nicely and is doing well. Once our new unit does get up and running he will be one of the first cats that move in. I will try to post a bit more information regarding the new unit soon.

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 ๐Ÿ’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. ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”

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 ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป

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.

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