Jarvis was a stray brought to CHAT in the winter of 2019. He was found collapsed in a back alley, barely alive. Jarvis received immediate emergency treatment and was put on I/V fluids. He was severely dehydrated and malnourished, his mouth was inflamed and very sore. Once Jarvis gained a bit of strength and was strong enough for an anesthetic, he received crucial dental treatment.
Sadly Jarvis seemed to have lost the will to live and just lay there, flat and disinterested in life, for weeks! He barely lifted his head and clearly showed signs of severe depression.
When he developed flu on top of it all Jarvis was taken into temporary foster care to receive some close attention and love. It took at least 3 weeks before the symptoms of his flu eased but he continued to sneeze and to be disheartened, hiding under the bed or inside the cupboard.
Upon further examination Jarvis tested positive for calicivirus. Feline calicivirus (FCV) is a small virus that mainly causes acute upper respiratory infections (URIs) in cats. The virus is readily transmitted between cats through direct contact with saliva, ocular or nasal secretions, inhalation of sneeze droplets and sharing of food bowls and litter trays. In a contaminated environment (including bedding and grooming aids) FCV can potentially survive up to a month, although probably often does not survive more than 7-14 days.
Jarvis had to be returned to the shelter due to the danger of mixing with the other cats in the foster home and was put on anti-depressants and an immune system boosting supplement. His spirits are lifting very slowly and when nobody is watching he walks and explores a little (video footage taken at night)! He has a good appetite and takes his meds in his food without any issues. In fact he does seem to like being fed by syringe.
We think Jarvis has had a very tough life and has probably been exposed to very unkind humans. He will take a very long time before he can relax around them. However, despite hissing and growling when approached, Jarvis can be stroked and brushed. We have yet to find out whether there is anything he enjoys?!
Jarvis is in need of a very welfare minded fosterer who would just let him develop in his own slow pace. He can live with other Calicivirus cats or by himself. Jarvis is around 8 to10 years old. Jarvis deserves some kindness and another chance in life!
CHAT will continue to provide Jarvis’ veterinary care for any future issues relating to this virus in one of our London clinics. We will also provide ongoing support concerning his depression and mental state.
I will need an understanding adult home
I have not been tested with a dog
I am OK with other cats
I would like access to the outdoors
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Photography Kirsten Priebe