Cleveland APL Pet of the Weekend: Checkers, a 6-year-old shorthair cat

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 09:53:12-05

CLEVELAND — The APL Pet of the Weekend is Checkers, a 6-year-old cat who loves attention and affection.

Checkers is a shorthair with a tortoiseshell coat. Checkers is also potty trained and uses a litterbox consistently.

“She was found outside but was eager to come indoors and live the life of luxury,” the APL said.

According to the Cleveland APL, Checkers is healthy but has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

“FIV is a disease that causes suppression of the immune system that may limit a cat's ability to protect itself against secondary infections caused by common bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. The only extra care that an FIV+ cat would need, is to see a vet once or twice annually depending on your vet’s recommendation,” the Cleveland APL said. “It is unlikely that cats would transmit the disease in a socially stable household, as the disease is spread either through birth or through deep bite wounds that typically occur over territory disputes between outdoor cats. FIV used to have a bad rap, but the more the veterinary community learns, the more we find that FIV+ cats typically lead happy, healthy, full lives!”

CLICK HERE If you’re interested in adopting Checkers.

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