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Sassafras Domestic Short Hair Jersey City, NJ

  • Kitten
  • Male
  • Medium
  • Black

About

Characteristics
Affectionate, Brave, Athletic, Curious, Playful, Funny, Friendly, Smart
Coat length
Short
House-trained
Yes
Health
Vaccinations up to date, special needs.
Good in a home with
Dogs, children, other animals. other house pets.
Prefers a home without
Other cats.

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Meet Sassafras

Shiso, Sorrel, Sassafras and Sprout are very special kittens are looking for their forever homes. Why special? These kittens are all Feline Leukemia positive (FeLV+). They are currently happy, bouncy, healthy kittens, and we are looking for adopters who will give them the best lives possible, no matter how long those lives may be.

What is FeLV? It is a virus that affects the immune system of a cat. It isn't a form of cancer but may weaken the immune system and make opportunistic infections and certain types of cancer more likely. Cats with FeLV can live normal, happy lives—they may just have a shorter life expectancy than FeLV negative cats. Historically, cats with this disease have been euthanized the minute they are diagnosed. We believe in allowing FeLV cats to live with dignity and be adopted into loving homes—however, we can only continue to save these cats if people are willing to foster and adopt them.
 
Is FeLV Contagious? Only to other cats via prolonged, direct contact with an infected cat’s saliva, urine, blood. Due to this, FeLVs can only live with other FeLV+ cats.

Are the FeLV+ cats inherently more sick? No. The FeLV+ cats appear and act just as healthy as the other cats that we have available for adoption. They do, however, have an increased risk of getting sick. This makes protecting them from stress, feeding a high quality diet, and addressing health problems as soon as they arise critical.
 
How long do FeLV+ cats live? It can be hard to say! There are stages of FeLV which may impact lifespan, and a cat’s viral load may change over time. From available research, FeLV+ cats often live between 6 months-2 years after diagnosis if they were diagnosed as kittens.
 
Do FeLV+ cats need special medication or care? Not while they are healthy. If/when they do eventually get sick, they will often get very sick quickly and may need more care than a normal cat since their immune system may be hampered.

If you are one of those special people or families willing to give these babies the life they deserve place contact us to learn more. We would like to adopt these babies in pairs!
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Adoption fees are $200/adult and $225/kitten. Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, FeLV/FIV testing, FVRCP vaccine and booster(s), microchip with lifetime registration, and flea and parasite treatment as necessary.

All kittens are spayed/neutered by JerseyCats prior to adoption if they are old enough, or after adoption. Spay/neuter is included in the adoption fee.

The first step in our adoption process is our application, which can be found at jerseycats.org. This doesn’t commit you to anything at all, of course, but allows us to learn a little bit more about you and the type of cat(s) or kitten(s) you are looking for.

Thanks for your interest in adopting!

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  • Domestic Short Hair
  • Kitten
  • Male