Someone shared a great article with me. It was just after I had taken a pic of my latest rescue, FIV+ Parsley. This cat is the sweetest boy. He now comes to me while I am on the couch in the morning watching the news and sipping my coffee, waiting to go out into the hood, and wants to cuddle. From street to comfy cozy house. He loves all the other felines in the house. They love him. To think there are people that are afraid to mix their FIV negative cats with positive ones, they just don't know the facts.
|Parsley (FIV+) - taken this morning|
Cat lovers and rescuers have known this for many years, and they’ve repeatedly crusaded to stop thesuperstitions about FIV that have led to who knows how many cats being needlessly killed in shelters.
Misguided beliefs about FIV-positive cats have also led to long stays — sometimes as long as the cat’s whole life — for the FIVers lucky enough to be placed in no-kill shelters. There is no need for FIV cats to be adopted only into homes with other FIV-positive cats; the disease is transmitted only by deep bite wounds, which happen only if the cats get into intense fights. Proper introductions and consideration of the individual cats’ personalities should go a long way to prevent such fights.
Another problem: People often confuse FIV (the feline immunodeficiency virus) for FeLV (the feline leukemia virus), which is transmissible through cohabitation and casual contact. These two diseases are retroviruses and both affect the immune system. The difference? The feline immunodeficiency virus does not easily cross the mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth, nose, eyes, genitals, and intestines), which is why it’s so difficult for FIV to be transmitted to other cats.