FIV- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
What is FIV? The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV is a disesease of the immune system which affects 2-4% of cats worldwide. Much like HIV, FIV weakens a cat's immune system over time and makes the animal more susceptible to other infections. FIV is not, however, a death sentence. Most cats will live for many years before any symptoms of FIV appear and cats who are cared for properly will typically have very normal lives.
How does FIV spread?
FIV is spread through blood. Most cats contract FIV after a fight with another cat. This is why FIV is most common in stray tom cats. Casual contact does not spread the virus but mothers with FIV can sometimes transmit the disease to new kittens.
So what does it mean if a cat iis diagnosed with FIV?
Cats with FIV need to be kept as indoor-only cats and shoul not live with other cats in order to keep the virus from spreading. Keeping your cat inside will also limit the chances of your cat contracting other viruses or infections. Cats with FIV do not have strong inmmune systems so in addition to keeping your cat inside away from other cats or injury, you should esure that your cat visits the vet twice yearly and stays up-to-date with all vaccinations and flea and worm treatment.
How do I prevent FIV?
The best way to keep your cat from contracting FIV is to keep him inside but if this is not possible, ensure that he is fully vaccinated and up-to-date with flea and worm treatment.
Sable and Rex
Gorgeous Sable,a tabby and white female and her equally handsome grey brother,Rex were brought up in Cats Protection care, where they were neutered,microchipped and fully vaccinated.They were adopted together last December by a family with three young children. They are nearly a year old now and unfortunately their owners are having to move in two weeks time into rented accommodation,where they are not allowed pets,so reluctantly these two beauties are in need of a new home. They are both very affectionate and are very close. Rex likes to be with his sister as she is the bolder of the two. They are very used to children and enjoy going into the garden.
Bonny and Clyde
This is Bonny and Clyde they are brother and sister.Bonny is all white with a few black markings and Clyde is all black with a few white markings. They are six years old and they are both neutered. Due to the ill health of both the owners and having to move into sheltered accommodation they no longer have access to a garden so spend 24 hours a day inside. They are both litter trained and are both in good health. Ideally because they have been together for the last six years they need to be rehomed together. They both love having cuddles. Bonny and Clyde do not like dogs and unsure about other cats. Before they had to move they loved been in the garden Bonny would play and Clyde would just lay all day and watch her. They have being used to been round children as well. They have both been regulaly wormed and flead.
If you are interested in adopting Bonny and Clyde, please contact our Homing officer on 07783 838657.