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Kurt is a sweetie who really needs a home

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Gabrielle always wants attention and will
all over you to get it. Gabrielle does not
show any signs of aggression
and is used to being around other cats.
These photos do not do
this sweethearts justice -
come see for yourself just
how beautiful she is!

Moses was found at a resort by a visitor.
Moses has feline AIDS.
He can live a normal life, cannot pass it to
humans or a dog, only to a cat if thee is
a fight with blood passed.
Please consider
Moses, he's shy and needs a loving home.

Positive Felines

"As It Turns Out, FIV Positive
and Negative Cats Can
Happily Live Together

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

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.

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 Transmisson

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

FIV 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.
This article is from CARE2

This is Toby. A stray, he tested
positive for FIV (AIDS).

So friendly.

Toby II A stray from Tobyhanna. Poor Toby tested
positive for feline AIDS. He is a love bug. This is not
transmittable to humans or dogs, only cat to cat if in a
fight and passes blood. Please give Toby a chance.



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