Fallon arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a young stray. He was a friendly guy from the start and clearly had previous experience with people. Fortunately, he lucked out and soon moved from a cage at CACC to a foster home through Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
This handsome three-year-old, FIV positive guy is playful, charismatic, energetic and affectionate and would make a perfect playmate for another young, active kitty. Fallon loves to climb and explore and occasionally also slows down for some cuddle time. He currently shares a foster home with several other cats and two dogs and does well.
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control is a foster-based organization. They host weekend adoption events at PetCo and other off-site locations. Because Fallon is FIV positive, he is unable to participate in some of these events. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about FIV despite growing evidence that they can live long, healthy lives and present no risk to cats, humans, or other animals.
Fallon has been in his current foster home for two years. He’s your basic perfect cat and would have certainly been adopted long ago if not for his FIV status.
The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) was first found in 1987. It is similar to the human virus, HIV, which attacks the immune system. The virus is passed by saliva in the form of a deep bite wound and sexual interaction. FIV can only be passed from feline to feline. Humans and other animals are not at risk of infection. Unlike Feline Leukemia (FeLV), the FIV virus is rendered inactive the minute it touches the air. This means that sharing food and water bowls as well as normal grooming is not a concern.
FIV cats should receive two wellness exams per year. A full blood panel and urinalysis is recommended annually. If your cat shows sign of illness or infection, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible – the quicker the infection is treated, the better. Always keep your cat indoors and as stress free as possible. For more information on Fallon, check out his profile here. You can also follow FCACC on Facebook.
Update: Boots, the FIV cat we featured in June, is also still waiting for a home …