Here are the results of the bacterial characterization of the kittybiome of a shelter cat named O’Malley.
O’Malley is a big, boisterous cat who is still available for adoption from the Nine Lives Foundation. He’s a well-rounded feline, and becomes immersed in whatever he’s doing – whether that’s taking a nap on his favorite perch or batting at the tail of one of his roommates. O’Malley has a distinctive meow that he uses frequently to remind everyone of how wonderful he is; he’s one of the most talkative in his room. O’Malley’s favorite place to be is above everyone else – literally. He climbs to reach the highest perch in the room, and confidently surveys what he believes to be his kitty kingdom.
O’Malley tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV. It is transmitted between cats usually by deep bite wounds (no feline-to-human transmission!). Many cats with FIV, O’Malley included, are normal and healthy by most standards – O’Malley may be a bit more susceptible to minor colds, but he’s very resilient and doesn’t let anything stop him.