The sad story of rescue cat Maximus, a cat living with feline HIV

Sad Story of Rescuing Maximus the Cat Living with HIV-infected Cat

Stray Cat Rescue Team West Midlands founder Lucy Strickland with 12-year-old cat Maximus, who has died just months after he was rescued from the streets

Maximus was a beautiful and active cat who lived a happy life with his owner Sarah. He was a playful and affectionate cat, always happy to be around Sarah and her family. One day, Sarah found a stray cat on the street and decided to take it home. She named the new cat Tom and introduced him to Maximus.

Maximus was rescued by SCRT in November after spending most of his life on the streets

At first, Maximus and Tom got along well. They played together and slept side by side. However, after a few weeks, Sarah noticed that Maximus was losing weight and becoming lethargic. She took him to the vet, and after a series of tests, the vet diagnosed him with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), also known as cat HIV.

A campaign launched to pay for his vet bills touched hearts around the globe and raised £10K

Sarah was devastated, and she immediately took Maximus to a cat shelter that specializes in caring for cats with FIV. At the shelter, Maximus was put on a strict diet and given medication to boost his immune system. However, Sarah couldn’t bear to leave Maximus alone, so she visited him every day.

The cat suffered matted fur and weeping eyes when he was found in Great Barr, Sandwell

One day, while visiting Maximus, Sarah noticed that Tom was also at the shelter. She was surprised and asked the staff how Tom had ended up there. That’s when she learned that Tom was also infected with FIV, and that’s why Maximus had contracted the virus. Sarah realized that she had made a big mistake by introducing Tom to Maximus without getting him tested for FIV.

Vets also diagnosed him with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), the cat equivalent of HIV

Feeling guilty and heartbroken, Sarah decided to adopt both Maximus and Tom. She knew that taking care of two cats with FIV would be a challenge, but she was determined to give them the best possible life. She took them home and set up a separate room for them with all the necessary equipment, food, and medication.

Tributes have poured in from supporters around the globe after Maximus died on Friday

Months passed, and Sarah noticed that Maximus was starting to show signs of improvement. He was gaining weight, and his energy levels were increasing. Tom was also doing well and had become a loyal companion to Maximus. Sarah was thrilled to see that the two cats were getting along so well and that Maximus was starting to feel better.

However, one day, Sarah found Maximus lying on the floor, unable to move. She rushed him to the vet, but it was too late. Maximus had passed away due to complications from FIV. Sarah was devastated and couldn’t stop crying. She had lost her beloved cat, and she blamed herself for not being able to save him.

In memory of Maximus, Sarah decided to start a fundraising campaign to raise awareness about FIV and to help other cats like Maximus. She also started a support group for cat owners with FIV-positive cats, where they could share their experiences and offer each other emotional support. Sarah wanted to make sure that other cats like Maximus would get the care they needed and that their owners would have the support they needed to cope with the challenges of caring for an FIV-positive cat.

Maximus may be gone, but his legacy lives on. He was a brave and resilient cat who touched the hearts of everyone he met. Sarah will always remember him as a source of joy and inspiration, and she hopes that his story will inspire others to raise awareness about FIV and to support cats like Maximus who are living with this condition.

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