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.

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 1

Enjoying their elaborate cat tree

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 2

The cats have lots of blankets to keep them warm in this winter weather

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 3

This little cutie stayed in my lap almost the entire time

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 4

Pretty kitty

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 5

This one says, “That’s the spot!”

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 6

One black cat, two black cat…

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 7

There is always room for another cat in your lap

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 8

Willow (if I’m remembering her name correctly) is a volunteer favorite

Orphans of the Storm FIV Cats 9

Another happy addition to my lap

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®!

 

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