Question by LuckyOne: My cat is FIV positive – How long should I expect him to live?
I rescued my cat when he was roughly 2 years old. He was diagnosed with FIV when I first took him to the vet’s. He is now 5 years old and appears to be in great health. How long should I expect him to live and are there any procautions that I can take to ensure that he lives a long, healthy life? Also, I rescued a kitten one year ago – is she at risk or does she already carry the virus as well? (The male cat is neutered, the female is not)
Answer by sabinepd
FIV in cats is easily transferrable, though it is POSSIBLE your female doesnt have it by now, chances are she probably does. This is why most households who have an FIV positive cat only have FIV positive cats or no other cats. I’m sorry your vet didnt warn you of this.
As for life expentancy, its much like the aids virus in humans that way. There really is not set way to tell. But because it can seriously affect their ammune system, it is best to make sure they stay healthy. Meaning no colds, drafts, going outside, etc.
Please find out if your kitten is FIV positive. If she is not, I highly recommend finding her a new home. It will greatly increase her longetivity(on average).
EDIT: The person below is right about the ways to contract FIV, but cats who get along can play roughly. Even if they aren’t “fighting”.
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