“What we do as feral cat caretakers and advocates is not easy. But we do it because we care — because we love cats. There is a lot of fear around FIV. And I would encourage you not to let your cats become the innocent victims of that fear. Their lives are too precious.” – Nathan WinogradFIV_and_Ferals
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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a slow-acting virus that weakens a cat’s immune system over the years. This makes the cat susceptible to secondary infections.
But there’s good news: FIV-positive cats who receive regular medical care and live in low-stress, indoor homes can lead long, largely normal lives.
NOTE: Many people confuse FIV with FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus), but they are very different. In most cases, FIV tends to have less of an impact on lifespan than FeLV.