FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is an illness that affect nearly 3% of cats in the US. This illness reduces a cat’s ability to fight off other illnesses. Here’s what you should know:
- The most common way cats contract FIV is by deep bites from other cats
- FIV is a species-specific illness, meaning people and other animals are not affected
- FIV-positive cats can live for years with the right care
Protect your cat from FIV, keep your pet indoors and have him or her tested for FIV.
- Have your FIV-positive cat spayed and neutered to reduce the chance of spreading the disease to other cats
- FIV-positive cats should not be allowed outside
- The only sure way to protect cats from FIV is to prevent their exposure to the virus; That said, when FIV-negative cats live together with FIV-positive cats in households with stable social structures where housemates do not fight, they are at little risk for acquiring FIV infections
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Source: Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_fiv.cfm