Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Owner Factsheet

As its name suggests, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is closely related to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) responsible for causing AIDS in people. There is no cure for either disease and the virus causes the gradual destruction of the white blood cells needed to protect the body against infectious diseases. However, the two viruses will only survive inside normal host species - in other words, there is no risk of humans catching FIV from a cat, or vice versa.

How does the virus spread?

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What happens to my cat if it is infected?

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How widespread is the infection?

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How do I know if my cat is incubating the disease?

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What can be done to help my cat if it is infected?

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What about my other cats?

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