The last couple of weeks haven’t been great weather for dog walking, so that gave me a chance to spend some time with the cats at Orphans of the Storm®! This was my first time in the FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) room, and the FIV+ cats are some of the most affectionate I’ve met. All they wanted to do was cuddle!
There are some common misconceptions and misunderstandings with FIV. I heard more than one visitor say that FIV+ cats don’t live long and have a lot of problems. Sometimes people think that an FIV+ cat has to be the only pet in the home.
FIV+ cats have weakened immune systems and can therefore be more susceptible to illnesses, but an indoor FIV+ cat who gets regular checkups and treated for any secondary illnesses can live just as long and happily as an FIV- cat. FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs. It is most commonly transmitted between cats by deep bite wounds.
There is plenty more for potential adopters to learn about FIV before bringing an FIV+ cat home. But just know that there are plenty of lovable, snuggle-able FIV+ cats eager to meet you at Orphans of the Storm®!