Every now and then, we encounter special needs cats who desperately need a permanent home where special care and love can ensure they live a long, happy, healthy life. Because there are an abundance of myths out there about certain cat diseases, in particular Feline Aids or Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), below is a list of facts about the disease. If you have further questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested in adopting a cat with special needs, please view our Adoptions page or contact us directly as we may know of special needs kitties being cared for by other rescue groups.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
1. The Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.
2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans, dogs, or other non-felines.
3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.
4. FIV is not typically spread by casual contact - as in sharing litter boxes, water and food bowls.
5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected teeth and gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are not common, except in free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.)
6. A neutered cat, in a home, is unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.
7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago and may unnecessarily suggest euthanasia.
8. FIV-positive cats should live long, normal lives if kept indoors and free from stress, fed a high-quality diet, and have any secondary problems treated as soon as they arise.
Source: Best Friends Animal Network