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:

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Merlin

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.

All about Merlin:

AGE: 3 years

SEX: Male

VACCINATED & NEUTERED: Yes

MICROCHIPPED: Yes