1) Is FIV in cats like HIV in humans?Not really. Both diseases are caused by a retrovirus but cats with Feline AIDS fare much better that humans with AIDS. In fact, most cats with FIV (90%) have a normal lifespan. FIV positive cats don’t need to be on special medications either. Older FIV positive cats can be more susceptible to upper respiratory infections (colds) and dental problems. However, this is often the case with older cats who don’t have FIV.2) Can I catch AIDS from a cat with FIV?
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:
Wendi Wu is a 3 year old Siamese Lynx point with a gorgeous coat and big beautiful blue eyes. She can cohabitate with other cats. She would also do well in a home with older children and laid-back medium-sized dogs. While being independent and confident, Wendi Wu is a sweet girl. She’s not a lap cat but surely an affectionate one. She loves having her cheeks rubbed and has a robust purr! She is energetic and very active so she needs to be in a home with someone who can play with her every day. She acclimates easily to her ...Read More
Gypsy can be a bit shy around new people. She does not care too much to be picked up but will come and sit next to you or on your lap. Once you have gained Gypsy’s trust, she is very sweet and loving and likes to be petted. She gets along well with other cats and small dogs. Gypsy does not attend cat adoptions, so please call the shelter if you are interested in her. (*)
DOB: October 2004
I am a very sweet boy who loves attention. I love other cats, but I would prefer a home without an active dog. I am FIV positive.
DOB: March 21, 2008