In the autumn of 2018 Twizzle was clutched from certain death by an anonymous saviour who found the cat ‘scared and hungry’ and sporting a nasty injury to the face. The finder took the cat to a local vet to be checked over before delivering him to Battersea.
The piebald cat was nervous around people to begin with, but according to the shelter’s blog, ‘he has come far since this and made lots of friends with his playful and affectionate nature - and he does love to sit on the laps of his special pals’.
Unfortunately, Twizzle’s fortunes have since plateaued and his stay at Battersea has lengthened from weeks to months. 123 days on and his forever family has still not showed up.
The home is not giving up though, and continues to put the word out about Twizzle.
FIV need not be a death sentence
The primary reason for visitors to overlook the playful cat may be due to his state of health. He has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, which is a virus that destroys the immune system. FIV can also be transmitted to other cats, but only by deep bite wounds. Sharing water bowls and litter trays is not thought to facilitate the transmission of the disease. However Battersea recommends prospective owners to cat-proof their garden as a precautionary measure.
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (previously Battersea Dogs Home) is an animal shelter that rescues and cares for cats and dogs. It is an animal shelter that is world-renowned for its care and rehabilitation of our four-legged pets. The shelter was one of the first of its kind when it was established in Holloway, London in 1860. It moved to its current home in Battersea in 1871.