FIV

In April 2006, concerned about his general rundownness and the fact he just wasn’t thriving, I took him to the vet again for tests. And we found out he was FIV positive.

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) causes an infectious disease in domestic cats and cheetahs similar to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection) in humans. It attacks and weakens the body’s immune system, making the animal susceptible to infections and diseases that don’t affect healthy cats. There is no cure for FIV, though I believe a vaccine is available (but it’s not great). Though eventually fatal, an FIV-positive cat can live for many years without any signs of illness. FIV is not transmissible from cats to people, and HIV is not transmissible to from people to cats. Check this link to find out more about FIV.

I’ve lived with an FIV cat before and know a bit about the disease. Tommy could live for several years without any problems but eventually he’ll pick up bugs and diseases and one of them will kill him.

Tommy’s a lovely puss, affectionate and charming, once he’s been properly introduced. And he’s a chatty wee thing, announcing his presence with a delightful, prolonged chirrup and wandering round the house letting you know he’s enjoying himself with short, high pitched purrs.

Tommy’s a lovely puss, affectionate and charming, once he’s been properly introduced. And he’s a chatty wee thing, announcing his presence with a delightful, prolonged chirrup and wandering round the house letting you know he’s enjoying himself with short, high pitched purrs.

We’re currently looking for a permanent home for him and whoever adopts him must realise that visits to the vets will become more frequent as the disease progresses and that losing a cat to FIV can be extremely difficult emotionally.

Tommy’s a joy to have around (for everyone except Shapoloh!). He’d be fine with other FIV cats but shouldn’t live with FIV-free felines in case of infection. He’s an excellent companion and deserves to live out his last few years cared for in comfort. We’ll miss him enormously.

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