My family adopted Tom when I was about 16. He was a kitten found at the stables where I rode horses in Puerto Rico. He’s a Puerto Rican kitty. I left Puerto Rico for the states to work when I got older. Tom always stayed home in Puerto Rico—he loved to roam around outside there. Tropical climate, no real predators there—just iguanas and small stray dogs, stray cats. In 2017, Tom was bit on the head by another cat—a feral street cat. After taking him to the vet, they confirmed he had FIV—feline aids. He’s done pretty well for a kitty with aids, though. Recently my dad sold his house and Tom was having a hard time adjusting to the move—kept returning to the old house my dad owned. My dad is in his 70’s and didn’t want to deal with it. I never really thought Tom would leave Puerto Rico or my dad, but as things have turned out the best option we had was for me to bring him to Montana with me and try to find him a home here. The only problem is, I have another cat here, she does not have aids and I am very wary of Tom giving her aids. The risk is small, but it’s still a risk nonetheless and I am uncomfortable with that risk.
I absolutely hate the prospect of giving Tom up, but if I can find him a loving home I might do it. I’m on the fence still about giving him up, but wanted to see if there is a good match out there.
Tom is a super friendly, loving guy. He’s ten years old, FIV positive. He’s very talkative, loves to be near people. Cuddly, purrs a lot, just constantly loving on everyone and everything, wants attention almost 24/7. Sometimes Tom gets overstimulated when being pet and gives love bites, it’s not often and you can kind of tell when he’s about to do it. He also swats sometimes when overstimulated, so probably not good for a household with kids…also he is old.
Tom should be kept inside as he’s older now and he has aids so it wouldn’t be responsible to let him outside as he would possibly spread aids to other cats. He’s also not used to Montana outdoors at all, I’m not sure he would make it.
He needs someone patient and loving, attentive. I also recommend no other cats are in the household as he does have aids.
Tom is updated on all his shots and medical needs. He is not declawed, but I have a claw trimmer for him.
All that being said, I would love to be friends with and keep in touch with whoever takes Tom. I am also still unsure about giving him up, but if I can find a good match it might be worthwhile. If I wasn’t so worried about the possibility of him giving my other kitty aids, I would keep him. That’s the sole reason I’m looking into rehoming him.