Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cats and FIV

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FIV+ cats are often overlooked by potential adopters in spite of their health and agility. Fear and ignorance prevents people from giving them a chance.

The Truth about FIV

FIV is shed in high concentrations in the saliva and is therefore primarily spread through bite wounds. Generally, cats that live in households without fighting are at low-risk for acquiring FIV infection; yet transmission has been known to occur without observed fighting. Therefore, separation of infected cats from uninfected cats is recommended to eliminate the potential for FIV transmission.
 
On rare occasions, infection is transmitted from an infected mother cat to her kittens, usually during passage through the birth canal or when the newborn kittens ingest infected milk. Sexual contact is not a major means of spreading FIV. While FIV can be a life-threatening virus, proper management and treatment can give infected cats longer, healthier lives. Some cats actually live 17, 18 or 19 years before there is any indication of a compromised immune system.

  • FIV+ cats should be spayed or neutered and kept strictly indoors.
  • They should be fed a well-balanced cat food; avoiding raw meat and dairy products.
  • FIV+ cats need to be examined by a veterinarian twice a year
  • Immediately seek out medical care if symptoms of infection or illness occur.

By following these guidelines an FIV+ cat’s immune system may stay strong for a long time! ALL cats thrive with the love and companionship that a home provides. Because FIV does not necessarily mean a short and illness-filled life, these cats would benefit from a home environment just like FIV- cats.

At PAWS Atlanta, we believe that ALL cats deserve a chance to live full, happy lives. We also believe that people would benefit from the love of a special cat or two. Remember, FIV is not an immediate death sentence. Come and meet some of our FIV+ cats. ALL are wonderful felines, waiting for a loving home. If you are interested in adopting one our FIV+ cats, please let us know. We can provide you with further information, so that you can make the right decision for you.
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