Black Cat Appreciation: Meet Darky

Darky looking relaxed

How old is he?

Darky is around 5 years old.

Where did his name come from?

Most people actually think its a racist name, but its not! My daughter is Autistic & she named him that because he was a dark cat. It’s that simple!

How did he find his forever home?

Darky was born here as a wild cat. I trapped him and had him fixed and given his shots & vetted. My autistic daughter saw something special in him and him in her I guess. She had him tamed in a short period of time & they became best friends!

What medications is he on right now?

Darky is on Interferon, which is an immune system booster and Zithromax to help fight his current infection. His vet bills for October were over $1000.

How is Darky doing??

Currently Darky is good! As of October 1st, we didn’t know if he was going to live. Prayers work!

Handsome man
Handsome man

How is Teeny Tiny doing?

Teeny Tiny is Excellent!! He has never shown a single sign of being sick!

How many other fursiblings does he live with?

There are a total of 8 kittys and 2 doggies here! Darky, Teeny Tiny and Hercules are special needs, but Hercules does not have FIV or FeLV.

Hercules (left) & Pete (right)
Hercules (left) & Pete (right)
Mini Min
Mini Min
Lily the boxer/pit mix
Lily the boxer/pit mix
Hokie the rat terrie/pug mix
Hokie the rat terrie/pug mix
Bandit
Bandit

she has Alopecia, which is like male pattern baldness!) nothing “wrong” with her.. she just has spots with no hair on her… so she MUST be an indoor kitty, or she will get too cold!

Tank, he has the same thing as Bandit
Tank, he has the same thing as Bandit
Gilly mamma to so many litters, now she is spayed
Gilly mamma to so many litters, now she is spayed
Zak the loveable
Zak the loveable
Teeny Tiny
Teeny Tiny

 

Is he allowed to play with them or are you kept in a different part of the house?

Darky and Teeny Tiny are the only ones who actually live together. They have a huge indoor/outdoor enclosure with a doggie door that they go through to let them in and out when ever they want!

What would you or your mom like to say about FIV and FeLV cats that people may not know?

GET VACCINATED! I never realized the extreme damage that FeLV & FIV could do because I wasn’t informed. Also, the things you must do to keep your cat WELL once he has FeLV is so important! Again, the vet had not informed me. I didn’t know that simple fleas could kill him & they almost did!!

Is there anything else anyone would like to add?

Cleanliness is KEY! If you have a cat with FIV or FeLV, you need to keep all of your food, water, and litter pans really clean. If you are having to contain your animal for treatment, you must keep that cage really clean as well!

Darky
Darky

Update:

Darky is not doing well. He has an extreme fever & we don’t know if he will pull through this one or not. Please send some extra purrs, healing energy and cross your paws he will make it.

 


Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Darky’s mom for taking so many in and loving them and caring for them. Pictures were used with permission. You can find Darky and the other’s on his facebook page Darky the Cat with Feline HIV and Leukemia .

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