The FIV or feline immunodeficiency virus is also known as the "aids of the cats", very similar to the human aids, and affects the immune system making it vulnerable to other diseases or infections.
Around 11% of the world's feline population suffer from this disease, where stray cats and those who live in community shelters being the ones more likely to acquire it. If you have any question regarding this illnes, ask our veterians. We are here to help.
FIV in cats - Contagious and meaning
If you live with a cat with FIV, keep calm, you should know that you do not run any kind of risk. This virus is only spread between animals of the same species, that is to say, cats.
The disease is spread through the saliva or blood, being the bite the most usual form of contagion. For this reason, non-castrated cats living in semi-freedom tend to be the more likely to become infected, because they get into fights with other males more frequently. Likewise, the scratches can be another form of contagion, for the same reason.
In isolated cases, it was also been proved that the disease can be transmitted from mother to child through breast milk or during pregnancy.
Can humans get FIV from cats? The answer is no
During a first phase of the infection, which usually lasts between 2 and 4 months, the cat may have fever and diarrhea, then, subsequently develops other symptoms such as weight and appetite loss, chronic gingivitis, stomatitis, etc.
If your cat has any of these symptoms, take to the vet as soon as possible to make the relevant exams and for him to tell you what it is.
My cat has been tested positive for FIV, what should I do?
If a cat has feline immunodeficiency virus it does not mean that the disease will develop. In some cases, although not many, the virus remains dormant and the disease does not evolve.
The life expectancy of a cat with FIV is difficult to predict, everything will depend on the way in which its immune system reacts to this disease. Although there is no cure or, for the time being, a vaccine to prevent AIDS in cats, there are ways to help our cats to strengthen their immune system and improve their quality of life:
Feeding: Provide it a quality food, which will make it stronger. You can consult our online veterinarians, which can advise you on the most appropriate diet for your cat.
Avoid the street: If your cat has FIV, do not allow it to go out to the street. It is better that it has a home life so that we don't risk infecting other cats.
Regularly examine your cat: Take it to the vet at least once every 6 months for the veterinarian to keep track of the disease evolution. Remember that cats are experts in hiding diseases, so prevention is better that cure. If you have any questions, needless to say, you can consult us for whatever you want.
Provide him with much love: This is, without doubt, the most important part. If our cat is bad, nothing will make it feel better than the love of its human.