Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is widely misunderstood to be a death sentence for cats. Contrary to what most believe, the slow-acting virus can take year to show any symptoms following infection, and even then, with proper care and a nutritionally balanced and complete diet, infected cats can live long, happy lives. FIV in itself is not
deadly, however, the virus slowly breaks down a cat’s immune system, leaving it compromised and susceptible to contracting secondary illnesses. FIV is only transmissible from feline to feline (it cannot infect humans) and is primarily transmitted through deep wound bites. Feral in-tact male cats are most likely to transmit the disease as they are territorial and more likely to fight. Spaying and neutering your animals is a great way to prevent the spread of FIV, though the safest way to avoid transmission of the disease is to keep your animals indoors.
There are a wealth of resources out there to help you prevent or treat FIV in your felines.
Click through some of the articles below to find more information on how to prevent, recognize, test for and treat FIV: