Can a cat with FIV be around other cats?
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Don’t Test Community Cats for FIV and FeLV (FIV-positive cats can live with other cats who don’t have FIV as long as they get along and don’t fight, causing bite wounds.)
Can FIV positive cats live with FIV-negative cats?
A FIV-positive cat can live with a FIV-negative cat as long as neither cat is a fighter, or the FIV-positive cat has no teeth. (FIV-positive cats commonly have severe dental disease, which often means it is necessary to remove all their teeth.)
How contagious is FIV to other cats?
Dr. Woyma explains, “Unlike HIV, it [FIV] is not typically spread through sexual contact and also very rarely transmitted from a mother cat to her kittens.” FIV is also rarely transmitted through casual contact, like sharing food bowls and litter boxes, social grooming, and sneezing.
Will Pet Insurance Cover FIV positive cats?
FIV and pet insurance coverage Treatment of FIV is covered by the Healthy Paws plan, as long as it’s not considered a pre-existing condition. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Can FIV cats sharing food?
Question: Can FIV be spread through casual contact, such as cats sharing the same food or water bowls, or cats grooming each other? NO! FIV is transmitted to other felines primarily through deep, penetrating bite wounds.
Can FIV be spread through water bowls?
False! FIV is only transferable through deep bite wounds. It is not transferrable by sharing water bowls, grooming or common contact with shared surfaces.
Is FIV a death sentence?
Although it can be fatal if left untreated, a positive test for FIV is not a mandatory death sentence for your pet. With a high-protein diet and aggressive treatment of secondary infections, an FIV-positive cat can lead a reasonably normal life for a number of years after diagnosis.
Why can’t FIV cats go outside?
How do cats catch FIV? The virus is present in the blood, saliva and other body fluids of infected cats. It is very delicate and is unable to survive for long periods outside of the cat so it cannot be transferred to other cats from your hands or clothes.
How do I keep my FIV cat healthy?
Feed a nutritionally complete and balanced diet. Avoid uncooked food, such as raw meat and eggs, and unpasteurized dairy products to minimize the risk of food-borne bacterial and parasitic infections. Monitor your cat’s health and behavior very carefully – alert your veterinarian of any changes as soon as possible.
Can FIV go away?
Unfortunately, there is currently no definitive cure for FIV. However, it is important to realize that while it is impossible to predict the survival of a given cat infected with FIV, cats infected with FIV can live very normal, healthy lives for many years if managed appropriately.
Is it expensive to have a cat with FIV?
Treatment for the feline immunodeficiency virus is quite expensive. According to estimates, the cost range from $150 to $2,000 per treatment.