Furry Friend Friday - Vincent and Brutus

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Published: Apr. 7, 2022 at 11:53 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2022 at 7:05 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Vincent and Brutus are two 5-month-old kittens waiting on their forever homes at Pawmetto Lifeline.

These adorable brothers were found in a litter of five living with a colony of feral cats. They were all in terrible condition but Brutus and Vincent were the worst off. Their eyes were completely crusted over and one of each of their eyes had to be removed due to being ruptured and infected beyond repair. The whole litter was extremely underweight for their age. Brutus was only 2.5 pounds at 4 months of age.

They are now healthy, happy and ready to start a new life with their forever families! Vincent and Brutus are everything you could want in a kitten - sweet, playful, and cuddly! You just look at them and instantly your day is brighter!

Sadly, they have been continually passed over by adopters not only because of their unique appearance, but because of a scary-sounding acronym called FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Vincent and Brutus both had wonderful adopters ready to sign the paperwork until their FIV test results came back positive and both adopters backed out. However, when kittens test FIV+ at such a young age, it is highly recommended by veterinarians to have them re-tested at 6 months of age due to the strong possibility of a false positive. A mother cat’s FIV antibodies can still be present in the young kittens, causing them to falsely test positive.

Even if they are positive, FIV+ cats usually live a long, happy, healthy life when properly cared for. FIV+ cats have a weakened immune system and just need to see a vet as soon as possible if they get sick. FIV is not what we thought it was years ago. They can live happily around other altered cats with a less than 1% chance of giving it to another cat. It can only be transmitted by something like a deep bite wound and, even then, the chances are still extremely low.

We hope an adopter comes along soon and sees them for the loving, joyful, balls of fuzz that they are - and not be scared away by a simple acronym that doesn’t mean what most people might think.

Vincent and Brutus can be adopted together or separately! Pawmetto Lifeline is open for adoptions from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1275 Bower Parkway in Columbia, SC. For a faster, smoother adoption experience, please complete an adoption application online before your visit at Questions? Contact

Maria Wooten

Marketing and Communications Manager

Pawmetto Lifeline

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