(Closed) Feline AIDS. MIL's cat has it. Mine dont!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

Don’t let them come in contact with your other cats. See if you can go ahead and start getting the vaccines for your cats.

Post # 4
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

FIV is mainly spread through bites, not casual contact. Since cats are territorial, keeping the resident cats separate from your cats is probably the best way to avoid fights and the risk of bite wounds. It’s unlikely that it would be passed on to your cats by sharing food or litter boxes. 

Post # 5
533 posts
Busy bee

Get them to the vet and run the FIV test. If it comes back negative there is an vaccination they can have. Think it’s 3 over the course of a few months? It’s been a whole since the vet explained it to me. 

Post # 6
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would keep them apart. The box and food aren’t the issue – you don’t want the cats fighting. Kittens like to play and play fighting could result in an open wound, even though it probably wouldn’t be done by the other cats to be intentionally mean.

But yeah, I think what Milo said is right.. I believe there is a vaccine, but I’d check with the vet about specifics.

Post # 7
4324 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Vaccinate now. It will save a world of worry.

Post # 8
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I didn’t even know cats could get AIDS.

My whole world has changed.


Post # 9
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

The vaccine for FIV is pretty questionable. Are you sure it’s FIV and not FeLV? The vaccine for FeLV is pretty straightforward.

Cats typically catch FIV from biting and scratching each other. It has to get from one cat’s bloodstream to another’s. I don’t remember, but they may also be able to spread it through mucous, such as by friendly nose-touching or drooling over the same toy. Double check with a vet to be sure!


Post # 10
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Keep them completely separate!!! FIV/FLV can be spread through poop (they cannot share litterboxes or beds!!!) and blankets and rarely via petting without sanitation. Maybe you could set up a nice place in the garage for the FIV/FLV cats to stay during the winter. They have nice thick coats and will be sheltered from wind and rain. In the case of extreme cold weather you can find a space heater for cheap. 

I kept cats in my garage for many years (couldn’t park cars there though). It worked out very well, they just need blankets and maaaaybe a space heater (I live in California so it wasn’t necessary).

Wash your hands to avoid contamination with your cats. FLV can spread easily with prolonged contact. It would be good if you could also build an enclosure on the side garage door and keep your FIV/FLV cats from spreading it with other cats in the community!! They’re cheap to build yourself and takes an afternoon. This way they can go outside and see the sunshine but not spread FIV/FLV to more cats. 

Post # 11
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

@Torrid:  It’s a little different and not communicable with humans. Sometimes they can still live a long life. But yeah… it’s sad.

Post # 12
1975 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Torrid:  when i was 18 i had a cat whos cat mum? had aids so i had to get him checked. nothing is more awkward the a 18 yo nervous girl holding a very angry male cat out saying “can you check him for herpies?”

The vet actually talked to me about safe sex… Embarassed

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