They Survived With Our Love
Even being FeLV+, these kittens were very sociable, loving and playful just like any normal kittens would be, and they deserved to find a permanent, loving home. They did not show obvious signs of being sick, and based on veterinary knowledge and other documentation, with appropriate care and other ideal conditions, FeLV positive kittens/cats can survive up to several years of being infected, despite being more suspectible to common feline illnesses that normal cats would easily get over.
Unfortunately, we lost both Wolfie and Ash towards the end of July 2005 to complications arising from the FeLV syndrome.
Smoke was a beautiful gray-silver male. His long haired coat was incredibly soft and silky to the touch, and his tail looked almost like a feather. He was very laid back, and loved to crawl into your lap for attention.
Abby was a gorgeous black-rust-gold flecked tortishell
We were not able to find a loving home locally in the Acadiana area for Smoke and Abby, however, in January 2006, the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanabe, Utah, agreed to take them in. Best Friends is an internationally well known and respected pet sanctuary, taking in thousands of unwanted or seemingly unadoptable animals from all over. We felt that Smoke and Abby would have a better chance of being adopted as part of the Best Friends special cats community... if not... then they were assured of a home where they would be allowed to live out their natural lives for however long that may be.
The most recent email AHS received from Best Friends assured us that both cats, along with Camillo and Fred, were doing quite well! Abby is featured on the Best Friends website
Two very informative websites offer more in depth information
on FeLV at: