Mustache with his pupil dilated. It seems to happen to many FeLV cats.Mustache lying on a shelf on his self-warming blanket.



Mustache is an adult, neutered male that was injured when he showed up at the colony feeder. He needed medical care for an injured leg and severe dental infection, due to a broken tooth.

We discovered he also has FeLV, which means we need to monitor his health to be sure he gets his checkups regularly and an extra one whenever he acts like he might not feel well. It’s simple and straight forward. FeLV is not a disease that lives a long time on surfaces. It’s not really difficult to handle at all. We don’t allow him to mix with the general population because we have some rather rambunctious cats too. He started out in a catio area because he had lived outside with a colony of cats. Here he could commune with friends, watch nature, and gradually adjust to us.

Mustache playing with the wand toy.
The felt snake toy is his favorite. Most times he prefers ear scratches.

He came in not feral and not totally friendly. That can be the result of years of being without a home. We didn’t find an owner or chip. He may have a short time left or many years. Either way, he’ll be safe and receive medical attention when he needs it. He’s not showing any signs of disease at this time.

Mustache lying on a shelt.
What’s with the camera? I’m waiting for the treats.

Mustache could live with another FeLV cat or in an only cat home. He’s not sure he trusts most people yet, but we’re very pleased with his progress. After all, lots of cats don’t trust new people right away.

We considered looking for a special home that understood FeLV kitties. This is a difficult situation because he is very shy and about once a year has a major health crisis. The consistent emergencies, along with his need for immediate care for even minor health problems, made us decide to put this sweet loving boy in the long-term care category for now.

Below, he’s lounging on the catio.