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Old 10-08-2006, 10:10 AM
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I am trying to help a disabled woman find a home for an FIV cat. She catches strays and has them tested and vaccinated and neutered and rehomes them. She is having trouble since this one is FIV positive. People freak out when they see the FIV+ thing but he can live with healthy cats and will not transmit FIV to them, even with sharing food bowls and litterboxes.

If anyone is interested in a wonderful little orange guy who likes to sleep in bed with you, please let me know. Or if you know anyone with other FIV cats that might be interested in another.

Isn't he gorgeous?

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Old 10-08-2006, 03:09 PM
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What a beautie!!!! He's just so adorable!!

What is FIV?
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:30 PM
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http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/fiv/
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Old 10-08-2006, 03:43 PM
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I thought that's what it was.. but it can't be transmitted to humans.. why do people not want kitties that have it? Unless of course they have other cats.. I understand that..
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That's what killed my Gonzo . . . back before there was a vaccine . . .
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Old 10-08-2006, 09:52 PM
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AWw, I'd take him in a heartbeat.... but no more animals for us.

I wish her the best in finding the little guy a home, how sweet that face is!
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:53 AM
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How is it that he can live with healthy cats without transmitting it to them? I didn't think that was possible with FIV cats... It's certainly not a risk I'd be willing to take. Especially since I'm sure as heck not vaccinating my healthy, indoor cats for FIV, when the vaccine is so risky.

He's a sweetheart, and I hope he finds a good home soon.
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:52 PM
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FIV can only be spread by mating and sometimes very very deep puncture wounds and even then is not always likely to be transmitted. FIV + and - cats can live together and share everything and there is absolutely no risk at all in transmitting it. It is FeLV that is the easily transmittable one. You are probably thinking of that, vanillasugar. Don't rule out all FIV cats as a risk you are not willing to take when there is absolutely no risk unless the two cats are complete enemies and fight until one is very badly injured from bite wounds which is a rare thing to have a cat that agressive. I would not vaccinate healthy cats for it either, even if they are living in the same house. I know many people with positive and negative cats living together. TNR groups are even releasing FIV positive cats back into the wild because there is really no risk. Like I said, it is FeLV that is the bad one.

So many people are misinformed about FIV. I even know of shelters that euthanize FIV cats immediately which is just horribly sad.
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Interesting...

What exactly is the difference between FIV and FeLV? (For those who don't know, FIV is Feline Immunodifficiency Virus and FeLV is Feline Leukemia) I know pretty much only the basics about both illnesses...
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:32 PM
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FeLV basically compromises the immune system and leaves the cat more likely to get sick on a more frequent basis the healthy cats. Something as simple and minor as a respiratory infection can become fatal. FIV (lentivirus, or "slow" virus) is similar to HIV in humans and has similar effects as FeLV where it attacks and weakens the immune system. Neither

The problem with vaccinating against FIV is that the cat will always test positive for it if tested in the future. I often wonder how many cats who come into shelters have actually been vaccinated against it and don't actually have it. It also is important to not test kittens for it until they are 6 months old for accurate results. Kittens nursing will often test positive for it depending on the condition of the mother.
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