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Cat FIV #6
4 January 2024
FIV in Cats: Daily care and Prevention
Feline AIDS, also known as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), is a special immune disease in cats that can pose a serious health crisis for them. However, it does not transmit to humans. Currently, there is no specific treatment for Feline AIDS, so prevention is better than cure. It is important to learn about Feline AIDS and avoid cats to be infected.   What is Feline AIDS? Feline AIDS (FIV) is a feline immunodeficiency virus that attacks the immune system of cats, lowering their immunity and weakening their ability to fight other infections and diseases.   By providing FIV-positive cats with a stress-free environment and proper nutrition, they can live just like any other cats, and their lifespan can be similar to uninfected cats. With appropriate treatment and care, the risk of complications can be effectively reduced.   Common symptoms of Feline AIDS After infection, cats may not show obvious symptoms of Feline AIDS, making it difficult for owners to detect. Typically, as the cat's immune system gradually deteriorates, the following symptoms may occur:   Weight loss Poor appetite Enlarged lymph nodes Skin diseases and ringworm Diarrhea Stomatitis and gingivitis   If your cat displays any of these issues, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian for a detailed diagnosis and treatment. Transmission routes of Feline AIDS The main transmission routes of Feline AIDS are through direct contact of blood or body fluids with wounds, such as bites and scratches. Additionally, FIV-positive mother cats can vertically transmit the virus to their kittens. However, cats generally do not get infected through sexual contact or sharing water bowls and litter boxes. How to test and prevent Feline AIDS? Most veterinary clinics provide rapid screening tests to check the antibody levels in a cat's blood. Additionally, owners can consult with veterinarians to assess whether healthy cats that are not infected with Feline AIDS require vaccination against FIV.   What to do if a cat is infected with Feline AIDS? If a cat is diagnosed with Feline AIDS, how should the owner handle it? FIV-positive cats require special daily care. This includes providing a balanced diet, maintaining a clean environment, regular check-ups, and minimizing contact with other cats as much as possible.   Provide balanced nutrition: High-quality and balanced diet to support the immune system and overall health. Regular check-ups: Regular health check-ups at the veterinary clinic to monitor physical condition and address any health issues early. Indoor living: Keep the cat indoors and prevent them from roaming freely to avoid contact with other infected cats, reducing the risk of virus transmission or disease progression.    

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