A few weeks ago we brought you the story of a cat custody battle between two owners in Kansas and North Carolina. When we left you we just knew this cat fight had been resolved. But there has been an added twist to the cross-state battle for our adventurous furry little friend. Bob was a stray cat found in Kansas by a family ten years ago. The family took him to the local vet in Kansas and no microchip was discovered so they decided to keep him.
That family decided to move to North Carolina because who wouldn’t. A short time later the cat got missing and was later found and taken to the vet for a checkup and while there it was discovered the cat indeed had a microchip. The owner of the cat was identified in Kansas and they were contacted. What we thought was a 10 year reunion of a missing cat and its owner quickly turned into a heated battle.
(Read previous cat story for the drama between Holmes being reunited with our furry friend and law enforcement getting involved with current owner Streight)
See Bob or Maui the cat (depending on which team you are on) was ordered to be returned to the original owner in Kansas, Carol Homes by Wake County Animal Control. As Homes arrived in North Carolina to pick up Bob to bring him back to Kansas she was notified of an injunction filed in court by Maui’s owner Alex Streight. The injunction accuses Homes of breaking the law and neglecting her pets.
Our furry friend Bob/Maui has FIV and the injunction alludes to it being illegal in Kansas to transport a symptomatic cat. It is also illegal to infect other cats knowingly. Holmes has more than one cat. The injunction says the cat would be euthanized in Kansas due to its condition.
“The FIV-positive cat would infect between four to at least seven inside cats of the defendant,” the injunction said.
FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is common in some cats. The disease attacks the immune system of cats and is contagious if the cat is around other cats. FIV is usually transmitted to other cats through biting and the transfer of saliva. You may see that if you adopt a FIV positive cat it is recommended that there are no other cats in the home. Cats usually live a normal lifespan with the virus with many having some symptoms along the way but rarely death.
For now our friend Bob aka Maui will stay put in North Carolina. We will keep you updated on the latest information around our furry little friend caught in the middle.