How old are you?
I will be 2 May 8th.
Where did your name come from?
My daddy gave me my name since I was so little and was bouncing off the dogs like a cricket.
How did you find your forever home?
My grandma found me and my sister Isis in the wheel well of her car and brought us home. My sister Isis is in a wonderful home. And momma handed me to daddy and that was it I had him wrapped around my little paw…MOL
Can you tell me a little bit about FIV and what it means for your health?
FIV is usually compared to AIDS in hoomans, it’s an autoimmune disease. It is not contagious and can’t be spread through normal everyday contact. FIV is usually spread through deep gouging wounds from fights and in rare occasions it can be transmitted from a momma cat to a baby, which is how I contracted FIV. I was diagnosed with it at 6 weeks old when momma noticed a lump on my neck. They took me to the vet and Dr. Emily took blood and gave me medicine. The next day she called and told momma and daddy that I was FIV positive. It was a rough day for them since they didn’t know anything about it so they started studying up on it to make sure I stay healthy. I’ve had to battle a couple bouts with cellulitis and have been on pain medicine and antibiotics. My health isn’t the greats and neither is my immune system so we have to be careful I don’t get exposed to anything from a flea bite to an infection because it can get me super sick and sent me back to see Dr. Emily.
Do you live with any fursiblings?
I have several fursiblings, 2 Great Danes Marley and Luci, and 3 kitties Pharaoh, Lola and my minion Castiel. I love having a minion.
What is your favorite thing to do?
My favorite thing to do is sleep..well that and torture momma and daddy at 5am. I’m a cuddle bug, I love to cuddle. Play with random things and my minion. Chase daddy’s shoe strings and chew on his knuckles.
I read that you can be good and then evil, is this true or are you being framed?
Daddy says I’m a bit of both good and evil. He says I’m evil at 4-5 in the morning when he’s trying to sleep. But I think most of the time I’m framed. I’m a sweet baby, well according to my momma.
What was the most trouble you’ve gotten into so far?
I got in to big trouble one night, I curled up under my hooman sister’s dress and took a nap. Well no one could find me. Daddy was outside in the dark with a flashlight looking for me and chasing a pair of eyes through the backyard. I came out about an hr later and ohhh was I in trouble.
Do you make an adorable kitty face when you get caught?
I just start purring and trying to snuggle up when I get in trouble, usually it works on the parents but sometimes not so much.
Is there anything else you or your family would like to share about FIV?
I think people need to understand that having FIV isn’t a death sentence. I live a normal life, I have siblings who aren’t FIV+. FIV kitties are just as lovable as “normal” kitties..we might require a bit of extra vet time and taking care of but we rock.
Author’s Note: Many thanks to Cricket and her dad for answering the interview questions and sharing some information about FIV and FIV+ kitties. You can find her on facebook at – The Misadventures of Cricket the FIV Kitty