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P.O. Box 307
Highland, IL 62249


 Our FIV Friends  
They are wonderful pets!

The Shelter has a room dedicated for our FIV and Feline-Leukemia cats.  
We do not feel that these diseases are a death sentence!
These residents are loving, affectionate and can live long happy lives.

Our current room allows them to have a "free area" with shelves & snuggle beds and an outdoor enclosure.

(Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

  • FIV is a slowly progressive virus that gradually affects a cat's immune system. It is mainly passed through serious penetrating bite wounds from an FIV infected cat to a non-infected cat ... which usually occurs outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes....the perfect reason to keep your cat inside.
  • FIV cats can live long, healthy, and normal lives with relatively no symptoms.
  • FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water/food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a FIV-positive mother to her kittens.
  • FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans, dogs or any other non-feline pet.
  • FIV is diagnosed by a blood test. Since there is no specific treatment for FIV, pet owners should focus on keeping their positive cat(s) as healthy as possible. 
  • Here are a few tips: Stay current on vaccinations * Feed a high quality diet * Seek treatment at the first sign of illnesses such as respiratory, urinary tract, gum/dental, or skin irritations * Keep them in a stress free, indoor environment.
  • The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, un-neutered tomcats.)

As always, remember to work closely with your veterinarian
regarding your cat's health care ... FIV Positive or not !!!

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