new study in The Veterinary Journal written by Annette L. Litster
Purdue Universityís College of Veterinary Medicineís Department
Veterinary Clinical Sciences presents Listerís conclusions about
FIV positive and negative cats living together based on research
the cohabitation of cats living in separate rescues.
the one rescue, Litster discovered that FIV was not passed
between infected and non-infected cats during normal day to
interaction in a shared living environment. In the second rescue,
Listerís studies also showed that FIV was not transmitted to
when their mothers were already infected prior to birth.
or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is a cat-only disease which
cannot be transferred to humans or other animals. It is a slow
that affects the catís immune system over a period of years.
infected cat can fight off the infection and become totally
can become a carrier that never gets sick, or worst, end up
compromised immune system.
is not easily passed between cats as it cannot be spread
casually through litter boxes, food and water bowls, or snuggling
playing. This disease is transferred when an infected cat bites
another cat and breaks the other catís skin. This means that
neutered cat in a home is highly unlikely to infect any other
long as they are properly introduced or are not particularly
aggressive in nature. FIV is much more difficultly transmitted
people are led to believe, and there is often confusion between
Positive & Negative Cats Living Harmoniously
studies document FIV positive and negative cats living
together harmoniously without the disease being transmitted
the group members, despite sharing all the same bowls, litter
bedding and engaging in mutual grooming and even episodes of
mild aggression. These studies coupled with the further
understanding of exactly how FIV is spread demonstrates why
not valid to assume that FIV positive cats canít live together
their fellow uninfected feline friends. The vast majority of
neutered, have no desire to bite the other cats they live with.
may play fight, but this rarely leads to a serious bite which
would be required to inject the virus. Read stories from real
owners sharing their experiences of cohabiting households here.
Should Not Mean a Death Sentence
is shrouded in rumor and prejudice, and as a result too many
cats are deemed unadoptable and end up being euthanized. These
groundbreaking studies by Litster provide evidence that FIV
kitties are not the great danger to their brethren as we may
once thought them to be. Hopefully this new research can help
veterinarians and shelter staff to advise cat owners and adopters
make better informed decisions and in turn help put an end to
positive cats being needlessly killed due to a completely controllable
and non threatening illness. Check out FOHA for more information
about FIV positive cats and FIV negative cats living together
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