I took in Charlie last October after he had been diagnosed as FIV+ by an area shelter. He immediately decided that he owned the house, and should be allowed to do whatever he wanted. This included things like decorating the Christmas tree, stealing my food as I was trying to eat, and sneaking out the door every chance he got, so he could go climb a tree:
Recently Charlie was re-tested for FIV since sometimes kittens who test positive will test negative as they grow older. Unfortunately in this case Charlie tested positive again, but for Feline Leukemia, not FIV. Feline Leukemia is a very serious virus that is the main cause of cancer in cats. There is currently no cure, and most cats who test positive for Feline Leukemia don't live more than a few years. Charlie was most likely diagnosed incorrectly at the shelter when he was a kitten, and was never FIV positive, but has been positive for Feline Leukemia all along. Once I learned this news, I knew then that I'd be keeping Charlie for whatever amount of time he had left. He had captured my heart from the moment he came here, and cats with Feline Leukemia are very difficult to find homes for.
So I left Charlie listed on the website with information about Feline Leukemia, and accepted that he was basically my cat. Charlie is the best cat - not because he is well behaved - he isn't - but because he is always affectionate and always purring. He loves the dogs, and cuddles with them every chance he gets:
He sleeps with me every night, and entertains me every day. At least he did, until a couple of weeks ago, when someone saw his information on the website and ended up adopting Charlie! I am happy that he found a permanent home, but oh how I miss my cat! I hope he has many more happy years in his new home.