Meet Mogul

Who is Mogul?

He is a cat.

Where did the name Mogul come from?

Keli came up with the name Mogul. She was looking for something white and strong, so she thought of the white bumps on a ski slope.

What happened to Mogul?

He was brought into Halteman’s Haven by a woman that supposedly found him on the road. Keli took him to the vet and found that his face was detached from the muscle on the right side of his head and his tail was badly damaged. X-rays proved blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds to the tail. His tail gould not be saved. The only thing that was holding his face on was fleas, matted fur and scar tissue. He has permanent damage to the right side of his face.

I do not believe anything is known about his abusers.

There was a false report of a story of him being rescued from abusers, but that has since been corrected. When Keli (founder of Halteman’s Haven)  found out the story was false she promptly printed a retraction and offered to refund all donations that were made for Mogul’s care. Not a single person asked for that money back. The validity of the story wasn’t as important as giving this little guy the medical attention he needed.

That is as much as I know at this point about his past. I will concentrate on his future and making it the best that he could ever have. He deserves it all, and more

What are the plans for Mogul’s future and continued care?

I am a holistic therapist so Mogul will be treated with natural therapies in addition to his ongoing medical care. He does need one more surgery to remove the remaining shattered teeth. He has already had his face reattached, some teeth removed and his tail completely removed. Mogul is FIV and FeLV positive, so he will need constant medical care. He appears to be only a carrier at this time which is a good thing. If we can keep it that way, he can live a long and healthy life. We just need to keep his immune system up.

Will he be kept away from other animals since he has FIV?

Since he is only a carrier, he may have limited contact with the others. I also have one that’s FVR and one that’s FHV, so I am very used to dealing with special needs kitties.

What is FIV?

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FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a lentivirus, meaning that it progresses very slowly, gradually affecting a cat’s immune system. It is passed through blood transfusions and through serious, penetrating bite wounds – mainly by stray, intact tom cats. The most well-known lentivirus in humans is HIV. But the two are not at all the same, and you can’t get FIV from a cat. In fact, the only thing about FIV that you can catch is a bad case of the rumors.

What is FVR?

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Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is an infectious disease caused by feline herpesvirus type-1. As with other herpes viruses, the virus is very species specific, and is only known to cause infections in domestic and wild cats. The virus can infect cats of all ages.

Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is a major cause of upper respiratory disease in cats, and is the most common cause of conjunctivitis (inflammation of the tissues surrounding the eye, especially the lining of the lids and the third eyelid).

What is FELV?

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Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a retrovirus, so named because of the way it behaves within infected cells. All retroviruses, including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), produce an enzyme, reverse transcriptase, which permits them to insert copies of their own genetic material into that of the cells they have infected. Although related, FeLV and FIV differ in many ways, including their shape: FeLV is more circular while FIV is elongated. The two viruses are also quite different genetically, and their protein consituents are dissimlar in size and composition. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused differs.

How did you get involved with animals?
I have been doing unofficial small animal rescue for about 15 years now. I’ve nurtured everything from cats and dogs to squirrels and racoons. I just have a soft spot for critters of any kind. I would love someday to become a licensed rescuer.


This post is dedicated to the loving memory of Mogul and those who fought for, cared, fostered and loved him unconditionally.

Fly free little one. Know that you will forever be loved and missed.


Continued reading on FIV, FeLV and FVR

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Author’s Note:
I would like to thank Miss Keli Halteman for answering my initial questions about Mogul as well as all the time and effort she has put into Mogul’s care.  I would also like to thank all those who donated for Mogul’s surgeries and to get him sent to his new home. Final thank you’s go to his new guardian and cat mom who will be spoiling him for the rest of his cat life. Photos were used with permission.