Question by HippieChick: My cat just got diagnosed with feline AIDS. Have another healthy cat at home please help!?
So I just got off the phone with my vet and my new rescue cat, Sasha, tested positive for the initial blood test for feline AIDS. 🙁
I thought the shelter tested her before we got her. She is about 2-3 years old. They told me she was healthy and had no problems. I take her to my vet to get tested and while there they instruct me that her teeth are messed up and she will need a teeth cleaning and maybe some extractions. I have another cat at home who is about a little over a year old and now after finding out Sasha has feline AIDS, I am freaking out.
Sammy and Sasha get along great. There were no fights since day one and Sasha is so loving. never uses her claws, hisses or anything and either does sammy. They shared the same food and water bowls and litter boxes since day one. It’s only been a week and they seem like best buds
My vet gave me three options with Sasha.
1. Because they only found a strand they can’t be certain if she has it 100%. We can do the Western Blood test (about $ 200) to determine if she definitely has feline AIDS. He said there is a slight chance she could fight off. But he thinks due to her age she most likely has it.
2. Wait a month and do the initial test again to see if it shows in her system and go from there. She has to get her teeth cleaned and wait and see
3. Take her back to the shelter or euthanize her if she isn’t doing well.
I don’t know what the chances of my healthy cat of getting AIDS now. and i feel TERRIBLE AND HORRIBLE for exposing him to it. What do i do? I need advice! I don’t want to give up on Sasha but i also don’t want to risk my other cat of getting exposed to this too. I don’t have the money to afford all of these costs that come with this cat…the dental cleaning and the initial tests cost me about $ 1700!! but i read on many sites that if two cats live together in the same area chances are low that they will get in such bad fights where the healthy cat will get AIDS.
any sites or personal experience will help so much! thanks for taking the time to read this and help me out.
Answer by Lauren
They have the feline aids vaccine. Discuss it with your vet. The healthy cat will have to first get tested and then she can get the shot. The only downfall is it’s a “live” vaccine so there is a small risk that she can actually contract the disease. Also I don’t know where you live but where i live we have some low cost places that do teeth cleaning really cheap for cats and dogs like around 200 – 300 which is much cheaper than the regular vet, and they do a good job!
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