6 days until Christmas – FIV+ cats Riley & Sammy

We’re counting down the days until Christmas with some of our favorite canines and cats.

Our FIV+ cats are all healthy and beautiful and are some of the most loving, affectionate cats we have ever met – but most of them have been waiting a long time to be adopted, just because people who don’t know any better are afraid of the virus they carry. Please consider adopting one of these wonderful cats! If you meet them, you will fall in love! All fees are waived to approved adopters.

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is closely related to the human immunodeficiency virus HIV and affects between 2.5% to 4.4% of cats worldwide. A FIV diagnosis is not necessarily fatal for cats – they can live relatively long and healthy lives as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years.

FIV transmission typically spreads when an infected cat bites an uninfected cat hard enough to break the skin. Another, less common mode of transmission is from an FIV-infected mother cat to her kitten. FIV does not seem to be commonly spread through sharing food bowls and litter boxes, social grooming, sneezing and other casual modes of contact.

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