Post # 1
I just found this out today! What do I do to make sure my kittens dont get the virus? My babies are 100% healthy, but omg, feline AIDs, I REALLY dont want them to get it. All of the cats are fixed, so will that be good enough? The ones with AIDS usually stay outside except when its cold like its getting.
Mine generally stay in our room, away from the other animals. So like, should I keep them away from the cats with AIDS? Make sure the sick ones dont use the same box as mine? What about food?
Post # 3
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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
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
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
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
Vaccinate now. It will save a world of worry.
Post # 8
I didn’t even know cats could get AIDS.
My whole world has changed.
Post # 9
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
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
@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
@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…