Dr. Abdul Basit Javed (DVM, RVMP)
FIV infection, also known as feline immunodeficiency virus, is a substantial illness that affects cats all over the world and is similar to HIV in humans. There are numerous myths and misconceptions about this disease among cat lovers and owners.
Generally, cats with FIV can live normal lives, but they do require special care and attention from their owners. FIV-positive cats are perfectly safe to keep as pets and don’t pose any threat to human health and get along well with other pets as well.
At Petco Kuwait, we care about your pets, which is why we publish important pet blogs to educate people and raise awareness regarding pet care. In this article, our small animal veterinarian will debunk myths about FIV in cats and share important facts about this disease, so read on.
The following are some of the many myths about FIV in cats that are widespread among the general public:
It is not true, FIV-positive cats can live safely with healthy cats and other pets if they don't fight with each other because bite wounds from an infected cat can spread the viral infection to a healthy cat.
This is one of the most common misconceptions, and it is completely false. Viruses from cats cannot infect humans unless humans have receptors for that virus, which is not the case with FIV.
If they are given proper care, nutritious food, and medical attention, FIV-infected cats can live for many years.
It is untrue; every cat who frequently ventures outside the home needs to undergo FIV testing at least once or twice a year.
FIV infection can only be transmitted through a bite wound or from mother to kitten during pregnancy.
FIV-positive cats are just like any other cat; they enjoy playing and interacting with their owners; they just require a little extra care to protect them from diseases due to their weakened immune system.
Below are some facts regarding FIV in cats:
● The mother can pass on FIV to her unborn kittens during pregnancy.
● Grooming or sharing food bowls with an infected cat does not transmit FIV to healthy cats.
● The FIV virus has no zoonotic potential.
● FIV-positive cats may not necessarily die young.
● FIV-positive cats shouldn't be allowed outside because they can infect healthy cats.
● It is best to keep an FIV-positive cat on a leash when going for walks to reduce the risk of a fight with other healthy cats.
First of all, don't panic because cats who have FIV infection can still lead normal lives. You should feed them healthy foods and keep them indoors to reduce the risk of secondary infections. Visit the vet frequently for health examinations. Provide a calm and comfortable environment to keep them busy and amused.