|Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)|
Some of our cats are carriers of FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), or feline AIDS. However, this is not necessarily a death sentence. The virus can remain dormant for long periods of time without affecting the cat's immune system.
An FIV+ cat's life may be shortened by a few years, but that's all. Since they are kept indoors, they are protected from the secondary infections and contagious feline diseases they have been vaccinated against (panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and feline leukemia). What is more, they are safe from attacks by homeless cats that could result in serious injuries difficult for an FIV+ cat to overcome. In addition, an immune support product now exists that can be added to an FIV+ cat's food to stimulate and maintain its functional immune system. This product is both easy to use and inexpensive.
A cat can live for up to 20 years. Some cats who haven't even been infected with FIV die younger of different causes. Several very young cats die of heart attacks every year. Their owners are often stunned because often their cat didn't present any symptoms.
No one is able to predict the age at which their pet will die. In comparison to certain large purebred dogs, who only live for 8 or 9 years on average, cats have a much longer life expectancy.
How is FIV transmitted?
FIV is mainly transmitted through deep bite wounds, the kind that usually occur during aggressive fights between homeless cats, especually males who are not fixed, over territory and food. FIV can also be transmitted sexually, and passed from mother cat to kitten at birth. It is worth noting that sometimes only one, or even none, of the kittens in a litter will be infected with the virus. FIV cannot be transmitted to dogs or humans.
Why adopt an FIV+ cat?
In a calm home where all the cats have been sterilized and get along with each other, the chances of FIV being transmitted are minimal. However, agressive FIV+ cats must live alone or with other FIV+ cats.
You should keep in mind that there is a vaccine that protects healthy cats from FIV. The vaccine is becoming increasingly effective. It is now estimated to provide 84% protection. This vaccine is an additional incentive for adopting an FIV+ cat.
FIV+ cats can bring you many years of happiness. Don't hesitate to give them the chance they deserve by adopting them.
Please give FIV+ cats a second chance