(Picture: Battersea Cat’s Home)Birthdays should always be a big occasion. Cake, decorations and a nice party with all of your loved ones.
But for Twizzle the cat his birthday was spent waiting at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for someone to give him a fur-ever family.
The day the handsome cat turned eight also marked his 125th day with Battersea waiting to be adopted.
The average stay of a cat at Battersea is just 23 days.
Staff at the rescue centre believe the reason for Twizzle’s unusually long stay is due to him testing positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).
FIV is a slow-acting and contagious virus that is most commonly transmitted by deep bite wounds.
(Picture: Battersea Cat’s Home)Due to the contagious nature of the infection, Battersea rehomes FIV+ cats to homes with enclosed gardens to prevent cats from mixing with one another and potentially spreading the virus, a requirement that could rule out some potential owners.
Although most cats who are FIV+ live a long and happy life with no health issues, in some cases cats can become unwell due to their FIV infection, so people can be put off adopting a cat like Twizzle.
(Picture: Battersea Cat’s Home)Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, Rosa Steele said: ‘Twizzle is such a lovely cat and it’s a huge shame that he has been waiting for so long to find a home.
‘He is an intelligent, playful cat and has a lot to offer as a pet. What better birthday gift could you give one of our cats than a loving new home?’
To mark the special occasion for their longest staying feline friend, the team at Battersea Cattery threw Twizzle a party and are hoping that this birthday bash will catch the eye of potential new families.
(Picture: Battersea Cat’s Home)Twizzle is not the only FIV+ cat at Battersea. His neighbour in the London cattery, Johnnie, the big black panther, also needs someone to care for him, as does Felix, the ginger and white domestic shorthair, who has been at Battersea’s Old Windsor centre since last November.
On average, Battersea cares for 120 cats across their sites in London, Kent and Windsor.
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