Can you get rid of FIV?
Treatment and Management Unfortunately, there is currently no definitive cure for FIV. However, it is important to realize that while it is impossible to predict the survival of a given cat infected with FIV, cats infected with FIV can live very normal, healthy lives for many years if managed appropriately.
Is there a cure for FIV in cats?
FIV is a virus that infects cats and damages their immune system, making them prone to infections that they then struggle to recover from (similar to HIV in humans). Sadly, there is no cure for FIV and many infected cats die from infections that a healthy cat would be able to fight.
What should I expect from a FIV test?
What to Expect at the Vet’s Office Confirmatory testing should be run on every apparently healthy cat that tests positive for FIV. A Western Blot test is a good confirmatory test unless the cat has been vaccinated against FIV, in which case a Polymerase Chain Reaction test is a better choice.
Where can I get a blood test for FIV?
FIV can be diagnosed with a simple blood test, likely to be available in your local vet clinic. Contact your vet if you are concerned about FIV, especially if your cat seems to suffer with the same health problems repeatedly.
Can A FIV positive cat be rehomed?
However, we’ll only rehome FIV cats whom we believe can be happy as indoor-only cats. To prevent the disease from spreading, the FIV cat must be the only cat in the household, so if you would like to have a one cat home, a FIV cat might suit you. Adopting a FIV positive cat can be really rewarding.
Is FIV really feline AIDS?
Feline HIV, or the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is similar to the human HIV, which is a virus that can cause the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. This disease suppresses the immune system, making the cat susceptible to different infections and diseases.
What does FIV mean?
FIV is an acronym for feline immunodeficiency virus, a disease affecting domestic cats and other members of the feline family.
Can humans get FIV from cats?
No, FIV cannot be transmitted to a human. There is no risk of a human contracting feline immunodeficiency virus because retroviruses are species-specific. Thus, only cats can contract FIV and only humans can contract HIV.
What is cat FIV virus?
FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a disease that affects a cat’s immune system. Also known as Feline AIDS, FIV weakens the immune system and makes a cat more susceptible to infections in various parts of the body (skin, digestive system, respiratory system).