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Old August 21st, 2007, 07:44 PM
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SOS ! Martin the li'l grey cat

Martin is in need of a foster home or permanent home asap. Here's a few words from his rescuer :

Martin was thrown out of some house a year an a half ago and discarded to the busy streets on Montreal on a cold January morning no less.

He found shelter under my balcony where he spent the winter months. He is so friendly that he waits in the bushes for us to come home and meows trying to follow us inside. Even when we walk the dog, we have to open the door carefully to make sure he isn't sitting on our doorstep because he's not afraid of approaching us while we're trying ot hold back a psycho doberman.

He recently fathered a couple of kittens which he defends against other strays and we would find him all scratched up every morning by our door.

We finally decided that this poor cat has done his time outdoors and took him to the vet in hopes of finding him a happy little family where he could spend the rest of his days.

After two week at the vet, he is FIV positive but the virus is inactive which means he is healthy and could remain just a carrier for the rest of his life without getting sick.

But this makes him very hard to adopt out. We can't put him back out in the street, because 1. he is a family cat and very obviously in need of human love; 2. Will be the sole cat defending a huge area; 3. He was an indoor cat and not a good hunter. 4. He is sleeping under cars on a busy street watching people come and go which is freaking me out!

Other than that he is perfectly healthy, perfectly friendly and about 2 or 3 years old. Perfect teeth. It's very hard to take a picture of him because everytime oy make eye contact with Martin, he starts to roll around and rubbing against the cage.

He needs a foster home. If not a permanent home. I have no where to place him. I don't want to put him back out in the streets but have no choice. I have no place to put him. I would have taken him in with my 3 cats since he is friendly and my cats are healthy and the chances of something going wrong are very slim to none but my doberman will attack him.

I've gotten 3 of the 4 kittens he's fathered fix/ vaccinated/ adopted. I stil have to catch the last one. (The mother, LOLA, is also at the vet fixed and vaccinated. )

I was gonna release them today but will board them until friday in desperate hope of finding him a good spot forever or for foster. ANYTHING....ANYTHING will do.


Pet's Name: Martin
Species: Cat
Gender: Male
Breed: domestic shorthair
Age: approximately 2 or 3 years old
Location: Montreal
Personality/Biography: Super friendly, people person, not afraid of dogs
Speutered: yes
Special Needs or Requirements: FIV positive
Reason for Being Adpoted out: has no human representative. Needs a family
Services included in Adoption Fee: He is fixed, vaccinated and currently being boarded at the vet since August 8.

Please pm me if you can help Martin in any way. Thanks.
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Old August 21st, 2007, 07:56 PM
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You're a tricky one Frenchy. Martin is very handsome and looks like the perfect family cat !
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:29 PM
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He could be driven to Toronto in a heartbeat, mummumm
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Old August 21st, 2007, 09:30 PM
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He could be driven to Toronto in a heartbeat, mummumm
Oh yes ! Transport can be arrange !
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 05:45 AM
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Look at those cheeks. Someone take pity on this poor guy.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Frenchy,Catsnatcher,he looks wonderful,poor little guy..I don't know an awful lot about FIV,but I know they can live a long time without problems.
A friend of mine has 5 FIV-positive cats,all from HS,they are absolutely no problem and are all at a ripe old age,he would be perfect for this cat,however he now has severe healthproblems himself
What I read(don't quote me on this)is that FIV cannot be transmitted to humans and in rare cases can be transmitted to other cats,but only from a bite..and their immunsystem is vulnerable,probiotics would help.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 08:02 PM
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Martin is a handsome boy. ( Many vets don't agree about keeping FIV cats alive, especially homeless ones! ) The fact that he has FIV and lives outside is so sad. Everytime cats fight, this disease gets spread through a bite. You could contact Animal Rescue Network in Montreal, they keep FIV cats and Leukemia cats in separate rooms and they live out thir lives there, indoor. I am not sure if I am allowed to mention this on an open forum? Better be alive than dead, but what about their quality of life? Not everyone would agree with this idea ????? I think we should concentrate on healthy cats, but even they don't get adopted quickly. There are just too many of them. Should we use up our resources for the sick ones????
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 08:15 PM
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Not everyone would agree with this idea ????? I think we should concentrate on healthy cats, but even they don't get adopted quickly. There are just too many of them. Should we use up our resources for the sick ones????
I know what you mean , same goes for dogs with behavioral issues in need of a new home. This is too sad. But sometimes you come across a not so perfect pet that "catches" your heart ... in this case , Martin with catsnatcher-CDN ...
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 07:25 AM
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Another bump for Martin! I just can't seem to get his sweet smoshie face out of my mind
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 08:06 AM
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I honestly do not think FIV cats are suffering,not that I know much about it
Our friend Tom volonteered for 15 yrs at the Oakville HS in "his" cat-adoption room,only stopped because HS decided to put down all "his" cats due to some desease(don't remember what it was)he always adopted impossible to place cats.
I believe Martin should have a chance,just like any other homeless abandonned cat,I wish I had a solution..
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 08:10 AM
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C-S,I sooo agree with you,but it's easy to agree,much more difficult to find help
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 08:03 AM
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Martin is a handsome boy. ( Many vets don't agree about keeping FIV cats alive, especially homeless ones! ) The fact that he has FIV and lives outside is so sad. Everytime cats fight, this disease gets spread through a bite. You could contact Animal Rescue Network in Montreal, they keep FIV cats and Leukemia cats in separate rooms and they live out thir lives there, indoor. I am not sure if I am allowed to mention this on an open forum? Better be alive than dead, but what about their quality of life? Not everyone would agree with this idea ????? I think we should concentrate on healthy cats, but even they don't get adopted quickly. There are just too many of them. Should we use up our resources for the sick ones????
Except that the FIV is inactive and he is not sick. Which means, it could remain inactive for the rest of his life and he could never become sick. So, how could I put him to sleep because of the possibility that he may one day become sick.

Animal Rescue Network has over 300 cats.... Not only won't they take one more, but I couldn't IMAGINE EVER putting a cat in such a stressful situation where he would have to live with 300 cats. That's not an acceptable environment for any cat.
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Old August 27th, 2007, 11:20 PM
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Why not just build him a cozy house of his own?

Like a warm dog house type shelter lined with carpeting and maybe big enough to put inside a warm sofa cushion from some discarded sofa and make the entry hole large enough so he can easily get in it but small enough so that once inside he can easily defend his "turf" it might be ideal to find him a family home but if that isn't possible then at least give him comfort and safety where he is at so that he has freedom and by all means keep him friendly so that he can be given his annual immunizations, unfortunately there are not enough homes for all feral or abandoned cats so if you can at least make him cozy that will matter a great deal, once I made a cardboard cat house similar to a box cave type and put an old sofa cushion in it and set it on my porch and went in to get food for the ferals that eat on my porch and i wasn't gone three minutes and I looked inside in winter and a cat had jumped in and gave birth in that short time. When you can't do all you want to do on behalf of the feral or abandoned cat population at least do what you can do, our open garage is the home to many feral cats and abandoned ones and I maintain a recycling bin on my front porch filled with high quality Nutridiet cat food and containers of fresh water as well I give the going sour milk to the Mom feral cats and often while weaning kittens the feral moms bring their kittens to the bin to teach them where to try for food and often I can capture these kittens and tame them. Once a female feral cat in labor came to me she appreciated my kindness her kittens had died inside her and she was unable to finish birthing them she was in pain I took her in a crate to the vet and he said the deceased kittens inside her were decomposing and toxic to the Mom he euthenized her but at least before she died she had that shot that gave comfort and she had turned to me the only one she trusted when her pain was unbearable she knew I supplied them their food. I cried for her, she might have been feral but her spirit was still very beautiful

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