It can be surprising just how long it can take to rehome pets, and one cat based at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home knows this more than most.
Eight-year old Twizzle is looking for his fur-ever home after celebrating his birthday at the renowned centre for animal care and adoption in the UK.
The average stay at the centre is 23 days, however Twizzy has remained at Battersea for over 125.
Twizzle turned up at his finder’s house last autumn, scared and hungry and not able to fend for himself very well.
Before long he had got himself wounded in the face and they kindly took him to a vet for treatment, after which they brought him to Battersea.
Staff believe he has been at the centre for so long as he tested postive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), a slow-acting virus in which many infected cats actually enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health concerns.
FIV is species specific and cannot be passed to humans, you just need to be willing to make a few changes to your household to protect your new pet.
In order to protect other cats and to preserve the health of the carrier, Battersea rehomes FIV+ cats to homes with cat proof garden but can offer advice if you currently don’t have this.
Twizzle is sometimes not sure of new people at first, but he has come far since joining the home, making lots of friends with his playful and affectionate nature – and he does love to sit on the laps of his special pals.
For full information on Twizzle or to visit some of his friends who are also in need of a home, see the centre’s rehoming gallery.
To find out more about FIV in cats visit the ‘Your FIV+ Cat’ information page on the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website.