Featured Pet: Fluffers

fluffers“Fluffers” Wisner is 2 years old and belongs to Beull & Rachael Wisner of Knoxville. He became a patient of the Asheville Highway Animal Hospital in January 2005. Fluffers looks like any normal feline with one exception; he has been diagnosed with FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). FIV is a virus that compromises the pet’s immune system and its ability to respond to other infections. Common clinical signs include gingivitis, stomatitis, inflammation of the gum/mouth, weight loss, poor appetite, fever, swollen lymph glands, vomiting and diarrhea.

In January of 2008, Fluffers became lethargic and had a poor appetite. He was then placed on antibiotics and an immuno-stimulating drug by his Doctor. During this time frame, he also began running a fever for several months. By keeping track of his blood work, his doctor was able to closely monitor for any signs that his internal organs were working properly. Thanks to his parent’s faithfulness in regularly bringing him in for the injections, keeping track of his temperature, and administering medications as directed, Fluffers has been able to feel well again and act more like his cheerful self. As you can see from his photo, he’s doing very well.

Fluffers, like several cats in the community, wandered into our yard one day and never left. Apparently he heard that we served wet food, and after terrorizing the neighborhood strays, he claimed ours as his official home. We were not looking for another pet at the time as we already housed 3 dogs and an FIV positive Tuxedo Tom, Chubbles (R.I.P. sweet fellow), but Fluffers pawed his way into our hearts and our home. Though Fluffers did not take kindly to Chubbles, he immediately attached himself to our 3 dogs. He quickly learned to sit for treats, to fetch, and to follow from room to room. Now when he isn’t eating his favorite foods (in large quantities) or purring on the bed, he spends his time running through the house, lounging on the deck, hunting for frogs in our backyard pond and playing with his doggie companions.