Best Friends: The Story of Sebastian and Zachary
Our story began two years ago when we took in an all-black stray cat and named her Lola. Lola was special – she was FIV-positive. The streets had taken their toll on Lola, but we know we gave her the best two years of her life. We were devastated when the day came that we had to let her go. We don't know what her life was like before she appeared on our front porch, but we found comfort in knowing that when she passed, she had felt more love in those two years than she had in her entire life.
After Lola passed, we traveled to Cat Depot in Sarasota looking for an all-black cat that resembled her. We were looking for an FIV-positve kitty, knowing how special these cats are and how often they are overlooked.
While there, we stumbled upon Zachary, a healthy, all-black kitten. We adopted him that day and then returned to Cat Depot a couple weeks later for Zachary to receive his second round of vaccines. That is when we met Sebastian in the FIV pod. We instantly fell in love with him. He was very reclusive at first, but we accepted that, knowing that before he came to Cat Depot, he was in a cage all by himself for one full year with no socialization.
Three weeks later, we came back to Cat Depot for Zachary's last round of vaccinations, and that very day, we brought Sebastian home. It took a couple of days for Sebastian to warm up to our two large dogs, but now everybody gets along.
Sebastian and Zachary are inseparable; they follow each other around the house. We often find them cuddling in the closet, in the spare bedroom or on their cat condo. They groom each other every day, and they are the very best of friends.
We wanted to share our story and show firsthand that FIV-positive and FIV-negative kitties can live together happily and in good health. It is possible; we see it with our own eyes every day, and uniting Sebastian and Zachary was the best decision we ever made.