Please don’t let this be your cat! “I thought I had a family that I could share my love with but when they found out I was FIV+ , they decided I couldn’t live with them. I want people to know I can be part of their home with no risk to your other cats.”
In the past week, APA has taken in two gorgeous and sweet FIV+ cats whose owners were afraid that FIV would be transmitted to their other cats.
You should know that it is very safe to have FIV+ cats, especially neutered males, with other cats.
Many of the volunteers have FIV+ kitties with their other cats that are negative.
One volunteer has two cats, Purty Cat and Gray, who have lived together for many years. Gray is FIV+ and Purty is not. Purty is fine and very healthy and so is Gray. As long as FIV+ cats are kept indoors and have regular annual vet visits, they can live long normal lives.
APA FIV+ alums Buster and Augie live with five other kitties, one other FIV+, but the rest are negative. They fit in well and enjoy just being kitties.
Another volunteer has lived with and loved an FIV+ cat for 7 years now. None of her other cats have contracted FIV.
Here are some things you should know about FIV . . .
- FIV is spread primarily through deep bite wounds
- It is NOT spread from sharing water dishes, litter boxes, or toys, not from playing with or grooming one another
- Cats positive for FIV can live well with cats who test negative so long as they’re introduced properly
- FIV+ kitties can live long, normal lives; it may make them more susceptible to issues like upper respiratory infections, but most don’t require long-term medication; regular vet exams will keep you golden!
Before you adopt any cat, do your research. Here’s a great article on FIV from Purdue University. Consider if their purr-sonality will mesh well in your household and if you’ll be able to meet their needs, to give them the attention they need, to afford any extra costs. And speak with a trusted vet. Adopt with open eyes and an open heart.