FIV positive (FIV+) cats are often overlooked and considered unadoptable. In fact FIV+ cats usually live long, healthy and happy lives. Why not take a look at the information below and bust some of those FIV+ myths.
Firstly, let's get to the bottom of what FIV is.
FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, it's a viral infection that affects cats and causes them to have a weaker immune system. This means that they may be more prone to a variety of common diseases such as respiratory infections, skin complaints and mouth problems but it is very important to remember that there are no set rules. Cats with FIV might not suffer any problems.
Myth: Cats with FIV can pass this to other cats by simply living with them and sharing water bowls and cleaning each other.
Fact: FIV is only transmitted through deep bite wounds, so an FIV+ cat can live happily in a socialised multi cat household.
Myth: Cats with FIV live a shorter life, they'll become ill and die at a younger age.
Fact: Cats with FIV do not have a shorter lifespan, in fact, research shows that they can live as long as an uninfected cat.
So to conclude, cats with FIV deserve a home too!
FIV cannot be passed to humans or other animals, it can only be passed to other cats through deep bites so cats with FIV can live in well socialised households.
Why not take a look at our FIV positive cats that we currently have in our care:
Thomas and Toby
Black and white cats are often overlooked but we don't know why! I mean these two are already dressed in their finest tuxedos, you won't find two smarter dressed cats. They are both friendly and attentive cats. In their spare time, they enjoy the occasional...OK, regular...treats, their hobbies include playing with their toys, playing some more and finally rounding off the day with more play time. They are very easy to get on with and really are a pair of wonderful cats.
We would like to rehome these two together, Toby has tested positive for FIV but this is not a concern with the two of them.
The wonderful Benny is looking for a home. He was a stray on the streets of Leeds but since coming into our care he's realised that he actually rather likes a bit of luxury! He's a bit of a foodie, in so much that he eats everything! He's also a really sweet and placid cat, so if you're looking for a cat that doesn't ask for much (well, apart from food!) then Benny will be the cat for you.
Benny is FIV positive but don't let this put you off, check out all the details on our FIV page.
Anyone with siblings, children, nieces or nephews will recognise this look. It's the look that you get when you suggest that they might want to help you tidy up or in fact do anything that involves moving. Don't be deceived by this look though, Merlin is a wonderful cat, he's friendly, attentive and charming. He is semi-longhaired so will require a little coat maintenance at times to keep his Vidal Sassoon looks (other hair salons are available).
Merlin is also FIV positive, he'll have picked this up after living on the streets but don't let this put you off. Read all about FIV on our dedicated page.