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 playful and inquisitive, Toby is a little more timid than Thomas but they will soon settle, apparently they can be easily bribed with treats which helps gain their confidence. Thomas can be a little cheeky at times and sometimes bats your hand but often this is to get attention as he likes to be stroked.
We would like to rehome these two together, one 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.