F.I.V. or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is still around

outdoor catsSadly, there some infections for which there is no treatment or cure. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or F.I.V. is one of them. This is primarily a disease of adult, outdoor cats as it is most commonly spread by a bite wound. Our advice to cat families is to keep your cats indoors. There are many good reasons for this from the dangers of other cats, dogs, cars, predators and this virus. Cats that are outdoor should be tested for FIV as well as Feline Leukemia Virus on an annual basis.

There is a vaccine available for F.I.V. at this time. The success rate in preventing infection is estimated at about 80%. But that means that one in 5 cats that are vaccinated will still contract the viral infection. One negative of this vaccine is that it will cause all current methods of testing to show the cat to be “positive”. It is a concern for us that we could have truly positive cats that we couldn’t recognize as such.

Here is a link to useful website that has more information about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

In addition, the Cornell Feline Health Center has a wealth of useful information about this and other timely feline topics.

 

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