What is FIV ?
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Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects cats worldwide
with over 2 % to 4.5 % of being infected
FIV is transmitted primarily through deep bites
where the cat's bite is contaminated by the virus
as it is present in the infected cat's saliva and
therefore will enters the body tissues of another cat when bit
FIV positive cats can share water and food dishes, bowls and
eat from the same bowl of wet food and use the same litter pan
with low risk of transmitting the disease
A pet owner who treats secondary infections can allow an infected cat to live a reasonably long life
There is a low risk of an FIV infected cat passing the virus to other cats within a household, with the exception of any cat fighting that would cause wounds, bites, etc.
If this happens the virus will infect the non infected cat with FIV
It is interesting to know
FeLV is categorized into four subgroups
FeLV - A
is responsible for the immunosuppression characteristic of the disease.
All cats with FeLV have FeLV - A
FeLV - B
causes an additional increase in the incidence of tumors and other abnormal tissue growths
About half of FeLV infected cats have FeLV - B
FeLV - C
Causes severe anemia
Approximately 1% of FeLV infected cats have FeLV - C
FeLV - T
Leads to lymphoid depletion and immunodeficiency