In a surprise turn of events, Raleigh is back with me. I visited him yesterday and saw that he was clearly not doing well. His left eye is red, his nose is very dry, his nostrils are crusty. With his FIV, this is more serious than it might be with another cat.
It is not the fault of his new foster-home. There are quite a few cats there, and Raleigh’s condition makes him prone to sudden illnesses, especially when in contact with other felines who may be able to transmit them without feeling them much themselves. His foster-guardian agreed that I should take Raleigh back to my apartment for a while to recover, and strengthen himself. Then, he he will go back to his foster-home. He is eating well and relieving himself to a satisfactory extent.
He’s a nice little peach-coloured fellow, completely submissive, so far. Initially, I wasn’t sure how much I could touch him. Last night, he used the litter-box and, probably because of the transitions in his food, his poops were quite liquidy. He of course stepped in one. I had to clean one of his rear paws, and though he pulled away a few times, offered no other resistance. I wonder, considering the fact that he cringes whenever he is about to be petted, if he was smacked about by a previous owner whenever he showed reluctance at physical contact.
In any case, Raleigh won’t experience any of that again. I will spend time with him; I hope not to keep him in the bathroom for too long, perhaps giving him some space in the bedroom or library. Once his neutering has taken full effect (after about a month), I may introduce him to the other beasts, if he is still with me by then. He deserves to feel the full benefits of being an indoor cat, well-fed, warm and safe.