Question by Cassie77: Is it safe to own a positive FIV cat?
this virus has changed to infect all kinds of animals. I have even heard of dolphins infected before all the safeguards in place. So it can jump from species to species.
I am not talking about Felv or FIP virus in cats. FIV
is related to the virus that causes HIV. It was discovered in the eighties and there were only a couple of known cases. I have been told that is definitely on increase. That’s why I asked question.
Answer by AnimalFilter
While it would be impossible for any scientist to say that it is “impossible” for a virus to cross-infect another species, when it comes to FIV the odds of winning the lottery are astronomically higher. FIV has been around much longer than HIV without any cross-species infections. Not to humans, or to any other animals.
FIV *IS* contagious to other cats, but it is difficult to transmit. It is usually transmitted through deep bite wounds resulting from fighting or rough play.
Providing a home to a healthy FIV-positive cat is just like owning a healthy non-positive cat, with the exception of being extra sensitive to symptoms of illness.
The cat should be kept strictly indoors and preferably have no contact with non-positive cats – although introducing another FIV-positive cat would be fine.
A good diet, lots of love and attention – and the cat is all set.
Remember, the primary means of transmission are through bite wounds resulting from fighting and rough play. You should also make sure the cat is spayed or neutered as this can cut down on aggressive behavior.
Casual spread of FIV between cats can occur, although it is uncommon.
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