Olivia is officially FIV/FLV NEGATIVE!
She's back here with me now after a day at the shelter. Unfortunately she has to live in the crate until we can treat her fleas properly, which can't be done until her skin heals well enough to put the Frontline treatment on her. She's already had Capstar, which seems to have killed the fleas biting her now, but there are still eggs. Her skin looks less inflamed already.
Olivia completely charmed the lady from the cat rescue who took her to the vet and kept her overnight. Then she charmed the vet, and the nurses... The vet says it's a wonder she is still so loving after having been mistreated like this. The rescue lady says it's one of the worst cases of fleas she's ever seen; I flea-combed her head and her tail (the only two places where I wasn't afraid of hurting her if I did), and got so many scabs and dead stuff that the flea comb filled right up with them--but no live fleas. Yay Capstar!
She took her antibiotic without a fuss--amazing!--and started chowing down on the food the second she could get to it. She purrs at the sight of food, can you believe it? I hope the inflammation gets better so I can cuddle her properly instead of just stroking her head. She's been drinking water like there's no tomorrow, too; I really hope that's an enthusiastic appetite and not a symptom. She had diarrhea once but she's recovered from that.
And, because I just have to show off her cuteness, missing fur and all, here she is rolling on the floor, just having headbutted my foot:
OK... so how do you report animal cruelty?