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Caring for a Cat with FIV

Victor and Thomas tested positive for FIV.
found them a terrific home together!

Cats that test positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) can live long and healthy lives, sometimes with no symptoms at all. They do require some special care. FIV can be transmitted to other cats, usually through a bite. Therefore, FIV positive cats need to be kept indoors to avoid infecting other neighborhood cats. They need to live in a household as the only cat, or with other FIV positive cats.

In order for a FIV cat to live a long and healthy life, it is important to keep the cat's immune system strong, with a healthy diet and a stress-free environment. Regular vet checkups are recommended.

FIV positive cats can have a difficult time finding homes, even though in all respects they are normal, loving cats. Please don't allow the FIV stigma to prevent you from opening your heart and home to a wonderful kitty companion.

The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary web site offers further information about FIV. Please click here to read more about living with cats with FIV.

If there is anything else you would like to know about Animal Friends Rescue Project, please email us at or call us at (831) 333-0722. Also, let us know if you are interested in joining our mailing list.

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