Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a viral disease affecting 1.5-3% of cats in the US. It is slow-acting, but can eventually compromise a cat’s immune system. It is primarily spread through bite wounds. Free-roaming outdoor cats are more likely to contract it than housecats. Cats affected with FIV should be housed away from non-affected cats, in most cases. Multiple FIV+ cats can live happily together.
With regular health check-ups, a balanced, healthy diet and safe home environment, FIV+ cats can live long, happy lives. They may experience flare-up from time-to-time as they fight infections, which may increase as they age.