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+ 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)
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.
Every adoption includes:
Rabies and distemper vaccines
Flea and tick prevention