FIV cats

All Cats Protection branches regularly take in cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV and do their best to rehome them as indoor cats. FIV positive cats and kittens can make fabulous indoor pets and the branch is keen to point out that they have plenty to offer to a new owner. In our experience, FIV positive cats can have, and deserve to have, a long and healthy life

FIV positive cats find it harder than most to find new homes, even though in all other respects they are normal, loving cats, and deserve a chance at a happy life. So please do think about adopting an FIV puss cat if you are looking for an indoor feline companion. In the past, cats with FIV have had a bad press. However as education about the virus has improved, more FIV positive cats are being given the chance to live a happy life, in a home of their own

What is FIV?
FIV is a virus in cats that is similar to the human virus HIV; however it cannot be transmitted to humans, and only to other cats through bites. The FIV virus reduces a cat's immune system, and leaves it more vulnerable to other feline infections - in itself is not life threatening and a properly cared for FIV cat need not have a shortened life expectancy. The virus depletes the number of white blood cells, which eventually makes the cat less able to fight off infection. However, because it is such a slow acting virus many FIV positive cats can enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health problems resulting from the virus

FIV is species specific. It can only be transmitted from cat to cat, not to humans or other animals

FIV positive cats can make fabulous companions as they remain indoors close to their owner and are particularly suited to flats and houses without garden. FIV positive cats can lead normal lives and remain healthy for many years. By keeping FIV positive cats indoors, which also reduces their risk of spreading infection to other cats, this reduces their risk of succumbing to other infectious diseases, to which they may be more susceptible, and as medical advances are made, FIV positive cats can have longer life spans than previously expected

Don't forget, love is a powerful immune system enhancer, so don't forget to cherish your FIV+ cat!

They need careful 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

Please read Cats Protection leaflet on FIV for more information

Further information
Catwork Sanctuary:
Celia Hammond Animal Trust:
Glasgow University: Veterinary Diagnostic Services - FIV FInd out more and chat to other FIV owners on the Cat Chat Forum Feline Forum:Glasgow University - FIV Information for Owners What is Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)?
'80 FIV Cats' - Catwork Sanctuary's booklet about FIV