FIV Cats: What You Need to Know

fiv2If you have an FIV cat or are interested in knowing more about the disease, please read the facts below or click the link for a deeper medical understanding of this virus. FIV is not a death sentence for a cat and they are also seeking life-long loving homes. Please contact snap@comcast.net about adopting or cyber fostering an FIV Cat!

  1. The Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat’s immune system over a period of years.
  2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.
  3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.
  4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually – like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.
  5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, un-neutered tomcats.)
  6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.
  7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.
  8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise

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