Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
What Is FIV?
FIV is a lentivirus, a slow-progressing virus that can compromise a cat’s
immune system, reducing its ability to fight off illnesses. The virus has a long
latent period then progresses so slowly that it may never affect a cat’s
- FIV cats can live just as long and as healthy as Non-FIV cats and
ultimately die of the same causes as Non-FIV cats.
- The virus cannot be passed to humans or other animals.
- FIV cats can live with other non-aggressive cats without spreading the
- FIV is transmitted primarily through a deep bite where the virus is injected
directly into the bloodstream of the Non-FIV cat. Bites of this kind are
extremely rare, except in free-roaming, un-neutered tomcats.
killed by light, air, heat, and household disinfectants.
or toys, mutual grooming, snuggling, mock fighting, shared litter boxes,
scratches, not even sneezes.)
can afford), live in a safe environment (indoor and/or outdoor cat-proofed
area), regular Vet exams, treat any health problems as they arise, and
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