FeLV & FIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. Learn more how to help below.

Facts and Stats about
FIV Cats

(And why you should consider adopting us!)
There are many misconceptions about cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). The main misconception we hear is that FIV+ cats cannot live with “regular” cats. This is not true. In fact, most of our FIV+ adoptions in the past 4 years have been to homes that already had “regular” cats. As long as none of the cats in the household are aggressive, positive and negative cats can live together.

Come visit our FIV+ cats at The Center! They are located in our main building in a free roaming room with “regular” cats.


What is FIV?
FIV stands for feline immunodeficiency virus. It is similar to human HIV. FIV ONLY affects cats (humans, dogs, and other animals cannot be infected).

How do cats get FIV?
FIV is most commonly transmitted in a deep bite wound. It is very rare for a mother cat with FIV to pass it onto her kittens as well. It cannot be passed from a human touching an FIV+ cat and then touching an FIV- cat. It cannot be passed through casual contact (grooming, shared bowls, etc.)

How is FIV diagnosed?
A blood test is required by your vet to diagnose FIV.

Can FIV be treated?
There are no proven treatments to rid a cat of FIV. Most FIV+ cats handle the disease well but it is important to treat any secondary illnesses that occur. FIV+ cats have weaker immune systems.

Can an FIV+ cat have a good and long life?
FIV+ cats can live normal lives in both quality and duration.

How can I help my FIV+ cat stay healthy?
A good quality diet and keeping the cat indoors are important. Probiotics have also proven to be effective for boosting the cat’s immune system. You can purchase probiotics in a powder and mix in the recommended dose with a 
little wet cat food. If you see any signs your cat may be getting sick (runny nose, watery eyes, etc) take your cat to the vet.

Our goal at The Center is to find homes for every animal, including FIV+ cats!

Please contact Leah at mamaleahnorton@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.