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Pet Me! Magazine™ SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013

The Hype Surrounding FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) By Deborah Eskow, Save-A-Kitty, Inc.

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Photo courtesy of Cole Lecoupt

eline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) could be called the feline equivalent to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and, like HIV, FIV is a virus that is not easily transmitted through casual contact. An exchange of bodily fluids is the only root of transmission. Unfortunately, FIV has garnered the reputation of being a premature death sentence for a cat. Like its human counterpart, HIV, individuals with a suppressed immune system can live long, happy, and healthy lives if looked after well. HIV and FIV can inhabit a body for many years before health issues arise, if at all So why do so many veterinarians and other “cat people” suggest FIV kitties be separated and/or isolated from other cats? Well, there are two answers to that question: The first answer is one that errs on the side of caution without considering variables. “Just to be safe, why expose other kitties to a potentially dangerous virus?” And who would really argue with that on the surface? That would be quite logical. Likewise, though, would it be logical to round up all the individuals who are HIV positive and sequester them together because of potential exposure to others? One conjures up visions of the leper colonies of yesteryear. Of course, that would be a ridiculous scenario.

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Your Gide to All Things Pets. To Pee or Not to Pee, The Hype surrounding FIV, Hello Kitty, The Protector of Life and more!

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