|LIVING WITH FIV ...
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Cats with FIV can live long, healthy
lives if taken care of properly. Routine
veterinary check-ups and keeping FIV cats indoors are key.
The following information was prepared
by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Cornell Feline
Health Center, Cornell University…
•The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow virus
that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.
•FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to
humans or other non-feline animals.
•FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and
relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.
•FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot
be spread casually in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and
playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.
•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, unneutered
•A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely
to infect other cats, if properly introduced.
•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.