Meet Patty
Species Cat 
Breed Domestic Shorthair/Mix 
Age 13 years 16 days 
Gender Female 
Size Small 
Color Black/Brown 
Spayed/Neutered  
Declawed No 
Site Humane Society for Hamilton County 
My name is Patty, and I was sad when my owners surrendered me to the shelter in July 2017. They said they couldn't care for me. The HSHC staff members said my feeling were hurt at first. But I've been warming up to them. I meow and seek out their attention. Now, I must be honest; it's going to take me some time to warm up to a new owner. Once you have been surrendered, it shakes your trust in people. I don't want to fall in love with someone and then go through losing them again!

Patty is a 12-year-old, small, female, black and brown tabby. She is healthy, but also FIV positive. The good thing is we know that Patty gets along well with other cats. She wants a dedicated and loving owner who will keep her forever. 6/9/18

WHAT IS FIV?
FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. FIV is a slowly developing virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.

FIV IS A CAT-ONLY DISEASE.
It cannot be spread to humans or other animals.

FIV+ CATS CAN LIVE LONG HEALTHY LIVES.
Many have no symptoms at all. To keep them healthy, FIV+ cats should be kept indoors, given high-quality food and regular vaccines.

FIV IS NOT EASILY TRANSMITTED.
The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or severe penetrating bite wounds. It CANNOT be spread casually through litterboxes, food and water dishes, or snuggling or playing. FIV+ cats can live with FIV- cats and not transmit the virus.

FIV+ CATS SPEND MORE TIME IN THE SHELTER.
It is difficult for FIV+ cats to find homes because people often do not understand that FIV+ cats are just as loving and sweet and playful as those not infected with the virus.