Rebels Rescue Inc.

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Visit the links below to learn more about some of the special needs that our cats have.

FIV and FeLV positive kitties that have a lot of love to give, but just need... a little extra attention!

They are all currently very healthy but have tested positive for FELV. It is not known how long they will live. They need to be in a special home with other leukemia positive cats or no other cats.  

 

Both FeLV-infected and FIV-infected cats can live for many years and may succumb at older ages from causes unrelated to their retrovirus infections.

The healthy FeLV-positive cat

Healthy infected cats may remain apparently unaffected by the virus for a long time. With good supportive care and prompt attention to all potential medical problems, these cats may live for a long number of years. Bear in mind that these cats should be considered infectious and potentially dangerous to other cats. Such cats should be isolated from non-infected cats to prevent spread of infection. Although there is no known cure, supportive care can improve the quality of life, health, and longevity for cats with FeLV. Supportive care can include:

  • Shelter
  • Good nutrition
  • Reduced stress
  • Prompt treatment of illness

Note: Cats that become "Chronic Carriers" have created effective antibodies that neutralize the virus, but the virus still lives inside cells of the cat's body and can and will become active at any time depending on stress and the cats immune system. Even though they do not have acute symptoms, they can still spread the virus to cats which are not infected. Always remember they are FeLV positive; keep them indoors, feed them a nutritious diet and schedule a check up for your FeLV cat more often then usual. Help give these cats a fighting chance and a life they deserve!


Prevention

A vaccine is available to protect cats from the FeLV. Although not 100% of cats are totally protected, the vaccine is strongly recommended for cats who are exposed to open populations of cats, (ie., outdoor cats).

If your cat stays indoors at all times and is not in contact with another cat that goes outdoors, the vaccine is generally not recommended. Many owners have concern that the vaccine will cause a cat to test positive for the virus, but this is not true. While the history of vaccination is important for us to know, it does not alter our ability to interpret the feline leukemia virus test.

 

 

CATS, CLAWS & CRUELTY 


Claws are one of a cat's most valuable assets. All cats use their claws practically every day of their life. Cats use their claws for scratching, climbing, balance, defense, playing, kneading, and even self-expression. From a cat's point of view, claws are not optional. Claws are an integral part of a cat's "catness." No cat wants to be declawed.

 

Advancing age is not a disease
Aging is a natural process. Although many complex physical changes accompany advancing years, age in and of itself is not a disease. Even though many conditions that affect older cats are not correctable, they can often be controlled. The key to making sure your senior cat has the healthiest and highest quality of life possible is to recognize and reduce factors that may be health risks, detect disease as early as possible, correct or delay the progression of disease, and improve or maintain the health of the body's systems.

Advancing age is not a disease

Aging is a natural process. Although many complex physical changes accompany advancing years, age in and of itself is not a disease. Even though many conditions that affect older cats are not correctable, they can often be controlled. The key to making sure your senior cat has the healthiest and highest quality of life possible is to recognize and reduce factors that may be health risks, detect disease as early as possible, correct or delay the progression of disease, and improve or maintain the health of the body's systems.

 

Blind cats do not know they are blind, they know they are cats.  They act like cats.  

Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do.  They can climb  trees, climb up on to the top of cabinets and get into places that you can not figure out  how they did it.

 

Special Need Animals

Why do we have a special page for special need animals? These animals are often lost among the many adoptable healthy pets and need a little more exposure and attention to find their perfect owner and fur-ever home. Some of our Rebels are declawed; some are shy and need that special attention. Others have chronic, but minor health problems. Some are seniors, disabled through injuries or abuse and some have special dietary or medical needs. Whatever their special need is, pets with special needs are special, indeed. Given the opportunity, their potential to change your life is unlimited! Are you one of the special people who can open your heart and home to an animal that really needs you? Providing a loving forever home for a special needs animal is so rewarding. 


Tony 

Senior Cat

Tony is a fantastic older cat. He was an indoor out door cat living with an elderly woman since he was a kitten until she left us (10 Years). The children left Tony at HCAS and Rebels saved him. He is a sweet cat that absolutely loves to cuddle and lay on your lap. He would make a great addition to a home without kids.


JOJO 

FeLV Positive 

JoJo is wonderful girl. She is incredibly loving, and absolute joy. JoJo is a very lively cat and has plenty of energy, she loves to play all day and adores attention.

JoJo needs a special home since she is positive and a chronic carrier of the Feline Leukemia Virus. This is not a death sentence; she just needs a home with someone that understands FeLV. She would love a home with her Best friend Chewy!

 


Chewy 

FeLV Positive 

Hi my name is Chewy Dillinger, and I am a polydactyl cat. I have an extra toe on each paw, and they look like thumbs but not to worry, they only help me catch my toys... and I love to play with my toys! I am a sweet boy and love my belly rubbed!

Chewy needs a special home since he is positive and a chronic carrier of the Feline Leukemia Virus. This is not a death sentence; he just needs a home with someone that understands FeLV. He would love a home with his best friend JoJo!


Jiffy

Senior Cat

Wags tails like a dog and meow is more like a bark. Likes to lick to show affection, too! 

Very sweet senior


Max

Declawed

Max is a 7 year old, declawed male. His previous parent died and the relatives dumped him at the shelter. He was really frightened and ended up on "The List". Now that his loving foster mom rescued him and brought him to a safe, quiet environment, he's doing MUCH better! Max is a quiet, curious guy seeking his furrever home. Is that with you?