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.
is found worldwide in domestic cats, and also infects wild felines including snow leopards, lions, tigers, jaguars, Florida panthers, and bobcats. Although the virus was first isolated in 1987, we know the virus has existed for many years.
FIV: Acronym for feline immunodeficiency virus, a disease usually transmitted by saliva to blood (deep biting wounds).
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (feline AIDS).
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FIV, or cat AIDS, is not always fatal. FIV decreases the ability of the cat's immune system to fight infections. Cats with FIV may remain free of symptoms for years.
or Feline AIDS in Cats
The feline immunodeficiency virus () infection is a complex retrovirus that causes immunodeficiency disease in domestic cats.
FIV 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 (FIV)
This virus is mainly transmitted through cats biting each other or a mother may pass the infection to her kittens.
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" We found out he is FIV 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.
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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus ()
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
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Does the breeder regularly check her cats for infectious diseases such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) & FeLV (Feline Leukaemia).
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (): Potentially fatal virus contagious among cats that affects the immune system.
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 (FIV), also known as feline AIDS.
See also: Virus, Felv, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Veterinarian, Parasite