What is FIV?
FIV is a virus of the blood, a cat with FIV cannot infect humans, or other animals but can affect other cats. FIV is present in the blood and saliva of infected cats and is primarily transmitted through fighting – bite and scratch wounds, mating or from a mother cat to her kittens. FIV cannot survive outside of the cat so it cannot be transferred from one cat to another through touching with your hands, clothing or bedding. Once a cat is infected with FIV, they are infected for life but a cat infected by FIV can live a long, full and happy life.
If you are worried about your cat getting infected one of the best ways to lessen the chances of this hapening is to have them neutered. This will make them less aggressive and less liable to wander, mate and / or fight. To see more about neutering go to: Cats Protection Neutering Advice.
What can I do to support my FIV cat?
There is no specific treatment for FIV but a vet will be able to treat the signs and symptoms of illness with a cat when they arise. In our experience, FIV positive cats can have, and deserve to have, a long and healthy life. They need attention to their general health and diet and protection through currently available vaccinations against flu and leukaemia are essential. But this is no more than any cat should receive.
- Keep your cat indoors and away from other cats.
- Give them a good balanced diet
- Ensure their vaccinations and worm / flea treatments are up to date, like you should with any cat
Benefits of owning an FIV Cat:
- If you are retired or spend a lot of time at home, they will be an indoor constant companion
- You won’t need to worry about them getting lost or straying
- If you live next to a busy road or in a flat, then an indoor, FIV+ cat would be suitable
Cats Protection Canterbury check all suspected cats for FIV through a blood test and will always inform potential owners of the cats FIV status.
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