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What You Need To Know About Cat AIDS (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)

It is normal for cats to scratch and get into some feisty fights with fellow felines. However, one nasty outcome could be Cat AIDS or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is transmitted by biting.

For specialist advice, Dr. Melissa Meehan provides some important information about the deadly disease...

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  • FIV is similar to HIV in humans and attacks a cat's immune system, which means they cannot effectively fight off infections causing sickness, and eventually results in death. This fatal autoimmune disease is found in cat saliva and passed on by an infected cat biting another.
  • Luckily there is a safe and effective FIV vaccination available through a vet. De-sexing your cat or preventing them from going outside is the best deterrence strategy. Un-neutered male cats are most at risk of catching the virus.
  • To ensure the health of your cat keep up regular vet checks and make sure all necessary immunisations are up–to-date.

It is important to note, though FIV is a similar virus to HIV, it cannot be passed onto humans.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.