Battersea cat spends 100 days in rescue centre

Six-year old Black cat Raven has been at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Old Windsor centre for 100 days.

Raven, a domestic short hair found herself at Battersea’s Old Windsor centre in October last year and her hopes to find a loving home are higher than ever.

Staff at Battersea this is over triple the average stay for a cat and believe it is because people are put off by her medical condition.

Raven is one of many cats who have tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is a slow-acting virus thought to affect 2-5% of the UK’s cat population.

Despite having FIV, with the right care and guidance, these cats can live long happy loves and be rewarding companions.

Georgia Randall, Cattery Team Leader at Battersea Old Windsor said: “Raven is a sweet lap cat with a heart full to the brim of love. Everyone here at Battersea Old Windsor has become attached to her in her 100 days here, but we are desperate for her to get happy ending she deserves.

“FIV is a slow-acting virus however, most cats live long, happy and healthy lives. In order to protect other cats and to preserve the health of FIV+ cats, Battersea ensures FIV+ cats are rehomed to houses with enclosed gardens. Battersea believes that just because a cat has FIV, it doesn’t mean they are any less deserving of a happy home and loving family.

“If your garden isn’t already enclosed, we offer guidance on how to make sure your garden is cat proof and safe for FIV+ cats to enjoy. Just because a cat has a virus, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t enjoy normal feline life with a loving family.”

If you can offer Raven or another FIV+ cat a home, you can contact the team at Battersea Old Windsor on 01784 494443 or visit www.battersea.org.uk.