5 Reasons why you SHOULD adopt an FIV+ Cat
If you follow me on instagram, you will know that two months ago I adopted a 5-year-old cat, named Buddy. Me and my boyfriend live in an apartment on the 1st floor, so we wanted to adopt a cat that needed to be indoors, as we thought it would be cruel to keep a perfectly healthy cat in a one-bedroom apartment with no outdoor time!
When I found Buddy on the RSPCA website, to be honest with you, I'd never heard about FIV+ cats. (FIV stands for Feline immunodeficiency virus). At a glance, I was worried about this, but did my research and spoke to them at the RSCPA about the virus and straight away, decided to take the leap and apply to adopt this gorgeous little feline.
Me and my boyfriend were horrified to read on google cat owners questioning whether they should put their FIV+ cats down, and wanted to put a little blog together to inform people on the virus, and how cats can live a perfectly normal life - like my little Buddy.
We have put together 5 reasons why you should adopt an FIV+ cat and shouldn't be put off or scared by the virus.
1 - Cats Who have FIV are most likely to have been abused in the past
For a feline to catch FIV, they need to be inflicted with deep bite wounds from another cat who carries the virus. Chances are these cats are in cramped conditions and ill-treated
Buddy lived with 50 other cats in a small house and was attacked several times by other cats.
Adopting a cat with FIV is like giving them a second chance at life, after experiencing abuse and torture.
2 - They can live long and healthy lives, and can live as long as non-FIV cats
It's true! FIV+ cats can have long happy lives and don't need to be treated any differently. A lot of cats with FIV, including little Buddy, don't even need treatment.
According to catchat.org A healthy FIV positive cat can live for many years, and indeed can often outlive non-infected cats
of course, this isn't always the case, and cats with FIV can become ill due to their weaker immune system, but saying that, any cat can fall ill at any given time.
With FIV+ cats you will need to keep a little bit more of an eye on them, make sure they're eating healthy and keep them indoors, but other than that, there is no other difference.
I sometimes forget Buddy has FIV everything is that normal!
3 - FIV can't be passed on to humans
This is something that scares a lot of people, but there is no way you can contract FIV from a cat or a kitten.
A lot of people are scared of this virus, because of the human virus HIV, but it is literally impossible to catch.
If you have other cats, you do have to take into consideration adopting an FIV+ cat, but please bear in mind, your cat can only contract the virus from another cat if it is bitten and has a deep wound.
4 - FIV doesn't cause aggression
Unlike diseases such as rabies, FIV does not change the personality of your cat.
Buddy is thee most friendly, gentle soul. He loves everyone he meets and enjoys lots of cuddles - FIV can not alter felines' personalties.
5 - No late-night worries
As you will already know from this blog, FIV cats are indoor cats, so you don't need to worry about waiting for them to come home late at night!
Your cat will be by your side at home forever - which is always a bonus.
I hope you have enjoyed this blog, if you see an FIV cat in need of a home - don't be put off by the virus he/she has - it doesn't define them!
Lots of love from me & my Buddy xxx