Mar 20th

FIV+ Adoptable Facts

ByCharlene | In Adoptable Cats, Blog

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The MCSPCA is one of the only shelters that provide the unique opportunity for cat lovers to adopt an FIV+ cat.

What is FIV? FIV stands for feline immunodeficiency virus. FIV+ cats typically have a weaker immune system and are more prone to ailments such a upper respiratory infections and dental disease. Feline immunodeficiency virus is the same virus class as human immunodeficiency virus.

FIV does not spread to humans, other species of animals
or to other cats by sharing food, grooming or touch.

FIV+ Cat Care Tips: FIV+ cats can live normal lives in quality and duration.  Save a life today and follow these great tips. FIV+ cats should be:

Confined to an indoor living environment in order to reduce their exposure to infectious diseases and parasites carried by other animals, stagnant water and stray cats who typically are unvaccinated and may not be spayed or neutered, which could increase the likelihood of FIV transmission

Fed a high-quality food without a lot of fillers or animal byproducts

Kept current with annual vet visits to minimize the chance of infection, such as upper respiratory (constant sneezing and nasal or ocular discharge) or dental disease (indicated by foul odor or bleeding gums)

FIV + cats can live normal lives!

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Adopting an FIV+ Cat:  Adopters considering an FIV+ cat should always check with their veterinarian before introducing an FIV+ cat into their household. In most cases FIV+ cats can live safely with FIV- cats provided that each cat is spayed or neutered and the cats do not fight. In addition, if you do have cats at home and are considering saving the life of an FIV+ cat, you can further minimize the chance of the virus spreading by having the cats in separate rooms until you are confident that they have adjusted and will not fight with each other.

View MCSPCA FIV+ Adoptables Now! 

Every adoption includes:

Rabies and distemper vaccines
Flea and tick prevention

FIV+ Adoption Successes



4 Comments to "FIV+ Adoptable Facts"

  • Sally Williams
    March 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    There are so many fabulous FIV kitties waiting for forever homes!!! Check out those beautiful alumni kitties and how can you resist adopting one TODAY!!!!

  • Lisa
    March 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    FIV+ cats are awesome. They are usually some of the nicest cats you will ever meet. They thrive in a home environment and will love you unconditionally.

  • Johnna White
    March 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    Adopting our dear Herbie (pictured in his favorite bed) was the greatest decision to add “just one more” to our family. He loves all the other cats in the home, and enjoys lots of lap time. He’s so gentle, and yet playful and silly! We love him so much!!!

  • Peter
    September 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    We adopted Wallace from you guys maybe 3 or 4 years ago sometime after Sandy. He is FIV+ and he is the apple of my eye. He’s happy and healthy and we love him very much. He’s doing well, and we got him signed up for a health plan at Banfield. He gets regular check-ups and they are always happy to report that he is fit and healthy. If you get an FIV+ cat, just make sure you can take good care of them. Otherwise, it’s really no big deal.

    Big thanks to SPCA for all your hard work!

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