NO….FIV only affects cats.
3) How do cats get FIV?
Cats get FIV through mating behavior and bite wounds. The best way to prevent the spreading of FIV is to spay and neuter.
4) Is FIV contagious to other cats if all are spayed or neutered?
If all of the cats interacting with each other get along well and do not bite each other, it is virtually impossible to spread to other cats. Our consulting vet, Dr. Kari Hatch, has a friendly FIV positive cat who lives with her family along with her other two cats. At this time, one of our foster homes who fosters our older cats also has a friendly and mellow FIV positive cat living with her other cats.
5) When was FIV discovered?
FIV was discovered in the 1980s. A test for the disease became widely available about 10 years ago. Prior to this time, cats were only tested for Feline Leukemia. If you have a very old cat, chances are, your cat was only tested for Feline Leukemia. You could have an FIV positive cat and not even know it!
We are hopeful that, with this information, we will have some people in our community interested in adopting one of these nice cats!
Here are some of my friends that are looking for their forever home: