First of all, instead of sedating the cat to use a carrier (can't be that
bad), spray some Feliway into it about 1/2 hr before; add some catnip to the
bedding, and maybe a treat or two.
I suspect that the "problem" with vet(s) could be non-payment....that's what
I usually come across with people who rescue on their own and don't get a
price-break, getting themselves into a hole and switch vets all the time
(unless it was an incompetent vet).
I would just take the cat to a vet ASAP, that's the only way to get some
definitive answers about the cat's health.  Is the cat neutered?  I bet he's
not masturbating - it's probably something completely different - maybe
sucking on fabric, etc.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Emeraldkittee
Sent: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:27 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] opinions on strange situation(kitty to adopt)

An acquaintance in rescue put me in touch with a person whose dying relative
has a supposed double positive- FeLV and FIV.  She can't take him because of
the amount of other pets the relative has and will add to her own bunch.
 We've had a few conversations.  I have been told the following: the kitty
hasn't seen a vet in 2 yrs, hasn't had a check up in over 4, has always been
very thin, gets overstimulated, masturbates on his bed (I mention because to
me it's behavioral/lonely/frustrated); has escaped from the room he's in and
never attacks the other cats.  The kitty is around 5 or 6 and has been in
supposed perfect health.  There's never been an IFA or Western Blot.  
I don't feel comfortable bringing a kitty in without some knowledge of their
health - I offered to pay for a check up and IFA, and said we could
certainly use their vet.  She mentioned she no longer goes to that vet and
didn't know 'who we could use' but knows some 'dr who can draw blood'. Today
she said she doesn't want to make that dr mad (?) and wants her permission
to do the IFA . I offered to send a home visit vet, but she 'doesn't know'. 
It's not a problem with this home, because I am invited there.

When I offered to take the kitty to a vet myself she said he doesn't like
carriers and might need a shot to be sedated.  That wasn't mentioned the
first few conversations.
Stating the obvious, this is not making sense to me.  I know this person is
overwhelmed with alot of big life issues, and I can appreciate that. BUT.  I
am going to meet this kitty to see how I can help/what the situation is, but
why would someone resist this chance for care, even if it doesn't lead to an
adoption?  She did agree it's possible he'd come up negative, but doesn't
know about doing this.
I did meet another kitty I know I want to adopt but these illogical
conversations and this cat have been weighing on my mind and I feel I need
to see what's going on.  I got the impression there was a problem with the
vet she originally used, like she can't go back. Most people this deep into
rescue have a vet or two they know and, what is the real story?
 How can I best help...
Thanks, I really appreciate any opinions or guidance from all your varied

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