Kathy and Josh decided to ring in the New Year by introducing a new furry feline named Gordon Greebo to their ‘furever’ home. Gordon can be described as a goofy-yet-curious tabby cat, which instantly caught their attention. They originally discovered Gordon on ACR’s Twitter account when @annexcatrescue tweeted “GORDON has taken to desperate measures to find his forever home.” Kathy and Josh decided to learn more about Gordon and went to ACR’s website, only to discover that Gordon had been bullied by other cats while he was a stray and as a result contracted FIV. Kathy and Josh took this as a sign since they both have experience living with a cat that had contracted FIV.
Gordon’s history is not entirely mapped out, however, he is said to have been found in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a stray and was reportedly being treated fairly rough by other cats. Gordon was taken in by a nearby cat owner and taken to the vet, where he was diagnosed as being FIV+ and then brought to Annex Cat Rescue to receive appropriate care.
For those who do not know what FIV is, it stands for feline immunodeficiency virus. This virus is considered to have a slow onset, however it weakens the immune system once the disease takes hold. This makes the cat vulnerable to a variety of secondary infections, which results in cats needing to receive regular medical care and kept indoors in a stress-free atmosphere. It is important to note that the disease can only be spread through deep bite wounds, sexual transmission, and only between other cats.
That being said, Kathy and Josh live with Joseph, an FIV+ cat that was adopted by Kathy approximately 8 years ago. Since Kathy was off work on sabbatical this past year, Kathy and Josh thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce another cat to their home and help the two furry felines adjust. To make the transition easier for Gordon, Gordon was sequestered in the spare bedroom for a few days in order to get used to the home and so that Joseph and Gordon could get used to each other’s scents. This method worked and Gordon was able to adapt to his new home right off the bat.
A typical day for Gordon consists of eating, napping, sunbathing, window gazing, admiring Kathy and Josh’s dinner, playing with his toy mouse and straw balls, and chasing his favourite blue ribbon. After having his bedtime snack, Gordon usually plays an intense game of hide and seek with Joseph while Kathy and Josh call it a night.
Kathy and Josh would describe Gordon as a smart 1.5- to 2.5-year-old companion whose FIV does not run his entire life; rather, it is a small component. Gordon is a super affectionate cat who is always purring and wants to be around other people and cats. He likes when Kathy and Josh have a hand resting on the couch because he will put his paw on their hands and then rest his head on his paw (which sometimes results in Kathy and Josh having to sit still a little longer than expected).
The ACR adoption experience was nothing but positive for Kathy and Josh, and they continue to keep in contact with the ACR, which they refer to as a great local organization. Kathy and Josh consider Gordon to be a great addition to the family and could not be happier with their choice to adopt Gordon!