How FIV Infection is Diagnosed
Most veterinarians will perform a thorough physical examination and conduct routine blood work (complete blood count and serum biochemistry profile) on any cat presenting with nonspecific signs of illness.
FIV transmission in utero or through the mother's milk is very rare. It could possibly occur if the queen is infected during pregnancy or while nursing the kittens. Queens infected with FIV prior to the pregnancy usually have noninfected kittens.
How common is FIV?
FIV: Acronym for feline immunodeficiency virus, a disease usually transmitted by saliva to blood (deep biting wounds).
Fleas: Any of various small, wingless, bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera that have legs adapted for jumping and are parasitic on warm-blooded animals.
FIV can attack the immune system of cats, much like the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can attack the immune system of human beings. FIV infects many cell types in its host, including CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes, B lymphocytes, and macrophages.
FIV or Feline AIDS in Cats
The feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection is a complex retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency disease in domestic cats. Immunodeficiency is the medical term used to describe the body’s inability to develop a normal immune response.
~ is similar to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) in that it attacks the body's immune system, eventually making the patient unable to deal with common infections.
~-positive cats should be kept inside and away from other cats. With this and other precautions, they may live a fairly long time. Because of their subsceptibility to secondary infections and complications, these cats are rather vet-intensive.
Feline immunodeficiency virus (~)
This virus is mainly transmitted through cats biting each other or a mother may pass the infection to her kittens.
" We found out he is ~ positive, but he is so tough it doesn't slow him down much. He had terrible ear infections, scratches and cuts from fighting, runny eyes, and fleas that took weeks of treatment to cure.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (~): Virus that attacks the cat's immune system.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): A coronavirus infection of the membrane lining the abdominal cavity. This disease leads to death.
That ole' black magic
I have an ~ positive cat, but wanted another to be her companion.
Finally one crossed my path- luckily, and he needed our help. He had ~, but was ...
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (~)
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) ...
Does the breeder regularly check her cats for infectious diseases such as ~ (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) & FeLV (Feline Leukaemia).
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (~): Potentially fatal virus contagious among cats that affects the immune system.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): Potentially lethal virus that typically affects young cats and causes profressive wasting, fever, loss of appetite and diarrhea.
just as susceptible to contagious diseases and feline ailments as any other breed, but overall this is a hardy breed. Even so, it’s still wise to buy from a breeder who provides a written health guarantee, and who tests for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (~), ...
See also: What is the meaning of Virus, Felv, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Veterinarian, Parasite?