Hi, I'm Nimbus! I am one of the most handsome cats you will ever meet. I am settling into my foster home slowly, as she has dogs and they are frightening to me, so they tell me they are trying to also find me a new foster home, so I can come out of my shell more. Hopefully, I will find my forever home soon and have my own humans. I am FIV positive and my vets tell me it isn't as big of a deal as some may think. They are helping explain with the write up below.
Age: Est DOB 12/27/2018
Gender: Male, neutered
Dog friendly: No
Adoption fee: $125 plus tax
FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a widely misunderstood condition. Many people think that it’s easily spread, makes cats very sick, and that they have a lower life expectancy, so they are not often adopted. This is far from the truth!
1. FIV is not transmissible to humans!
2. Animals in the same household cannot transmit the disease from one to another except by mating (a behavior sterilized animals will not effectively engage in) or by inflicting bite wounds (not typical even among cohabitants with bad attitudes).
FIV is not spread through casual contact such as shared food/water/litter, mutual grooming, or playing.
3. FIV-positive cats can live a long time (even their entire lives) without suffering any related illness. That’s why many veterinarians, including the feline medicine experts at the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), suggest owners never opt for euthanasia based on a positive test alone. They have the same needs as any other cat: high -quality nutrition, a clean, stress-free, strictly indoor environment, regular veterinary visits, and lots of love.
These kitties do, however, require some special considerations. The AAFP’s FIV experts offer the following recommendations:
FIV-positive cats should see a vet twice a year for a physical exam and some lab work (a complete blood count, chemistry panel and urinalysis should be performed annually).
Whenever they’re feeling poorly, FIV-positive cats should receive immediate care.
FIV-positive cats should be spayed or neutered, live indoors only and steer clear of environmental exposure to infectious diseases (for example, raw food diets should be avoided).