What is FIV?

(Feline immunodeficiency virus)

What is FIV?

(Feline immunodefciency virus)


Your human should set up lots of hiding places for when you need a bit of peace and quiet.

Cats with FIV need extra attention

 

Somewhere between 2% and 4% of us cats are affected by feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Cats with FIV need a little extra care, and regular trips to the vet aren't a bad idea either. Here are the basic things you need to know about.

 

 

A quick overview

 

FIV is a slow-acting disease that affects white blood cells, which are the cells defending our bodies against infection. This means that cats with FIV are more likely to catch other diseases, which can complicate things. But if their human takes good care of them, they can have a life that’s just as good as any other cat.
 

What are the signs of FIV?

Tell-tale signs of FIV include frequent eye inflammations, a runny nose or diarrhea.
But these could be symptoms of lots of other things – the only way to be sure is with a blood test (our welleness plan can cover the cost of this). If a human spots potential signs of FIV, they need to give their cat a lift to the vet.
 

Can a cat with FIV infect their human?

No. There’s no danger of humans catching FIV. But other cats could catch it if they’re bitten or scratched by an FIV+ cat. Sensible cats know to stay indoors to avoid spreading the disease, and their humans can help by shutting doors and windows they might be able to slip through.
 

What if there’s another cat at home?

It’s not ideal. And we realize your human won’t want to give either of you up.
But they’ll need to put the work in to feed you with separate bowls, and regularly disinfect surfaces and litter trays. The chance of infection is low (so long as you don’t get in a fight) but that’s no excuse to take risks.
You’ll also need enough space to get away from each other, to reduce stress and prevent scraps. And if they’re looking to adopt, they might think about picking a cat who already has FIV, to minimize the risk of spreading the disease further.
 

Life indoors isn’t so bad

No rain. Plenty of sunbeams. And all the human attention you could ask for.
Tell your human to put out new toys, and demand they spend time with you every day. But it’s a balancing act. Cats with FIV also need to have time alone, so your human should set up lots of hiding places for when you need a bit of peace and quiet. You can’t escape outdoors like you used to.
They’d also be wise to buy a scratching post or two for you to wear yourself out with.
If they don’t? The couch is fair game. It’s their choice.

 

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Cats with FIV need extra attention

 

Somewhere between 2% and 4% of us cats are affected by feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Cats with FIV need a little extra care, and regular trips to the vet aren't a bad idea either. Here are the basic things you need to know about.

 


Your human should set up lots of hiding places for when you need a bit of peace and quiet.
 

A quick overview

 

FIV is a slow-acting disease that affects white blood cells, which are the cells defending our bodies against infection. This means that cats with FIV are more likely to catch other diseases, which can complicate things. But if their human takes good care of them, they can have a life that’s just as good as any other cat.
 

What are the signs of FIV?

Tell-tale signs of FIV include frequent eye inflammations, a runny nose or diarrhea.
But these could be symptoms of lots of other things – the only way to be sure is with a blood test (our welleness plan can cover the cost of this). If a human spots potential signs of FIV, they need to give their cat a lift to the vet.
 

Can a cat with FIV infect their human?

No. There’s no danger of humans catching FIV. But other cats could catch it if they’re bitten or scratched by an FIV+ cat. Sensible cats know to stay indoors to avoid spreading the disease, and their humans can help by shutting doors and windows they might be able to slip through.
 

What if there’s another cat at home?

It’s not ideal. And we realize your human won’t want to give either of you up.
But they’ll need to put the work in to feed you with separate bowls, and regularly disinfect surfaces and litter trays. The chance of infection is low (so long as you don’t get in a fight) but that’s no excuse to take risks.
You’ll also need enough space to get away from each other, to reduce stress and prevent scraps. And if they’re looking to adopt, they might think about picking a cat who already has FIV, to minimize the risk of spreading the disease further.
 

Life indoors isn’t so bad

No rain. Plenty of sunbeams. And all the human attention you could ask for.
Tell your human to put out new toys, and demand they spend time with you every day. But it’s a balancing act. Cats with FIV also need to have time alone, so your human should set up lots of hiding places for when you need a bit of peace and quiet. You can’t escape outdoors like you used to.
They’d also be wise to buy a scratching post or two for you to wear yourself out with.
If they don’t? The couch is fair game. It’s their choice.

 

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What is FIV?

Feline immunodeficiency virus.
But what does that mean?
Learn more here.
  

Best dog insurance and cat insurance plan

How much does it cost?

Fair question. We've summed up what you need to know about budgeting for pet insurance.