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Kurt is a sweetie who really needs a home
huge and is on a diet. She looks to be a mix between tabby and calico.
She was a stray. She also is FIV+, so needs to be an only cat. But
she can live a long healthy life.
FIV positive cats can live long, healthy and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all, yet there is so much misinformation circling about this disease that some veterinarians still recommend euthanizing cats who test positive.
A new study in The Veterinary Journal written by Annette L. Litster of Purdue Universityís College of Veterinary Medicineís Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences presents Listerís conclusions about FIV positive and negative cats living together based on research of the cohabitation of cats living in separate rescues.
In the one rescue, Litster discovered that FIV was not passed between infected and non-infected cats during normal day to day interaction in a shared living environment. In the second rescue, Listerís studies also showed that FIV was not transmitted to kittens when their mothers were already infected prior to birth. The
Truth About FIV
FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, is a cat-only disease which cannot be transferred to humans or other animals. It is a slow virus that affects the catís immune system over a period of years. The infected cat can fight off the infection and become totally immune, can become a carrier that never gets sick, or worst, end up with a compromised immune system.
FIV is not easily passed between cats as it cannot be spread casually through litter boxes, food and water bowls, or snuggling and playing. This disease is transferred when an infected cat bites another cat and breaks the other catís skin. This means that a neutered cat in a home is highly unlikely to infect any other cats as long as they are properly introduced or are not particularly aggressive in nature. FIV is much more difficultly transmitted than people are led to believe, and there is often confusion between FIV and FeLV.
FIV Positive & Negative Cats Living Harmoniously
Litsterís studies document FIV positive and negative cats living together harmoniously without the disease being transmitted among the group members, despite sharing all the same bowls, litter boxes, 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 it is not valid to assume that FIV positive cats canít live together with their fellow uninfected feline friends. The vast majority of cats, once neutered, have no desire to bite the other cats they live with. They may play fight, but this rarely leads to a serious bite which is what would be required to inject the virus. Read stories from real cat owners sharing their experiences of cohabiting households here.
FIV 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 positive kitties are not
the great danger to their brethren as we may have once thought them
to be. Hopefully this new research can help veterinarians and shelter
staff to advise cat owners and adopters to make better informed decisions
and in turn help put an end to FIV 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 in peace. Read
This is Toby.
A stray, he tested positive for FIV (AIDS).
is a wonderful friendly FIV+ cat. He's a real sweet-heart and just needs
a chance possibly with other FIV+ or other non-aggressive cats. Loves
to be petted and purrs SO loudly. Just wants love.
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