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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

  • FIV is a retrovirus that weakens a cat’s immune system.

  • FIV is diagnosed by a blood test.

  • FIV is a feline-only virus that cannot be transmitted to humans.

  • Cats who test positive for FIV can live normal lives, both in quality and duration.

  • A positive FIV test result SHOULD NOT be a death sentence.

  • FIV is most often transmitted through a bite from an infected cat

  • Therefore, cats who test positive for FIV CAN live with FIV-negative cats with minimal risk of transmission as long as they do not fight to the point of biting.

  • Spaying and neutering is key to preventing FIV spread by minimizing biting behavior that is the main mode of transmission.

  • FIV cats should be kept indoors.

  • Veterinary wellness visits are recommended every 6 months.

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