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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.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT FIV
- 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.
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
regarding your cat's health care ... FIV Positive or not !!!