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7. F.I.V.

Feline immunodeficiency virus

 

Feline immunodeficiency virus is transmitted when infected blood or saliva, directly enters an uninfected cats bloodstream.

 

F.I.V. can not transfer to humans.

 

Fighting and sexual intercourse are the most likely causes for the spread of the virus. Many debate over the best course of action if a cat is diagnosed with F.I.V. & Euthenasia has been widely engaged in the past.

 

Spaying females & Neutering entire males eliminates the possibility of sexual transmition. They are also then, very unlikely to be involved in fighting & or biting at other cats. Some charities tackling Feral cat colonies, will neuter & then release F.I.V.+ cats back into their populations.

 

The effect of the Virus is a potentially weakened immune system meaning that F.I.V.+ cats will struggle to fight off infections and or illness. This has led to a trend of keeping F.I.V. cats as indoor only pets, both to prevent them from spreading the virus or from picking up infections.

 

Depending on the nature of the cat, this can be perfectly ok provided the cat has sufficient stimulation indoors. Keeping a cat entirely indoors (denying them a natural environment within which they can satisfy their natural behaviour), is usually not recommended.

 

It is often a question of either providing them with a good quality existance, or more longevity in life.

 

It is therefore a pet owners responsibility to assess their situation & the character of their cat. Then the decision can be taken as to how much if any access their F.I.V.+ cat has to the outdoors, or if they are to be kept in solitary confinement. It is worth noting that cats have gone on to live entirely normal and long lives despite being diagnosed as F.I.V.+. They have also lived in close proximity to other non F.I.V.+ cats, sharing litter trays and food bowls without the virus transferring.

 

For more information on F.I.V. please visit C.H.A.T. & or Wikipedia F.I.V. entry.


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