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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.