Myth #1: FIV Cats Can Infect Dogs and People
Bubbles thinks not.
FIV is species specific - it only effects cats. Dogs and people are not at risk from FIV kitties. It can, however, be spread to other cats. That's why it's important that FIV cats be adopted to indoor only homes. They shouldn't live with other cats unless their feline roommates are also FIV positive.
Silly, puppy-ish Bubbles was transferred in from another shelter. He was a staff and volunteer favorite there and they were devastated to learn he was FIV positive. He was transferred here to be put up for adoption. When he's not hanging out in his cat tree, Bubbles enjoys sitting at the his door trying to get people to come visit, cuddling with anyone who will come visit and playing with his toys. If you're looking for a goofy, friendly kitty in a dignified tuxedo, Bubbles is your boy.
Myth 2: FIV Cats Don't Live Long.
That's so untrue it offends Chico.
FIV kitties can lead long, completely normal lives with normal care. It is important that they live indoors and eat a good diet to help them stay healthy (and avoid infection to other cats) but aside from that, they don't require anything special or different. They can easily live as long as a non-infected cat. With good nutrition it's not uncommon to see FIV cats live 13-15 years - a good long life.
Chico came to us when his owners couldn't afford his care. Like many male cats, he is prone to urinary blockages. This isn't related to FIV and is common in cats. When he required surgery his owner couldn't afford he was surrendered and it was discovered he also had FIV. He's not too worried about it and potential owners shouldn't be, either. To see him in action check out his video on YouTube.
Myth 3: FIV Cats Are Frequently Ill And Require Lots Of Vet Care
Albert Feline-Stein is giving that statement a dirty look.
While it's true that FIV cats are more prone to secondary infections than other cats, they don't require any care beyond what other cats would. Kept indoors and fed a good diet, it's unlikely they'll get sick any more frequently than other cats kept in the same circumstances.
Albert Feline-Stein is a gentleman of the road. He came in as a stray cat and so little is known about his life prior to HSSV. He's currently employed with our Human Resources department where he's working as an office cat for a staff member. His duties include being a good listener, keeping chairs warm and napping on desktops. Thus far his performance has been above average.
Chico would rather have cuddles than photos.
(Sourcing on vaccination info:
www.vetstreet.com - http://www.vetstreet.com/care/feline-leukemia-virus-and-feline-immunodeficiency-virus-testing
www.vet.cornell.edu - http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/askDr/CW_FeLV.cfm
www.vetinfo.com - http://www.vetinfo.com/fiv-vaccine-recommendations.html)
Fantastic news!! Chico and Bubbles have been adopted. Albert Feline-stein is still here and waiting to meet you.