• Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) causes feline AIDS*, a silent, deadly disease that attacks the immune system of a cat.
  • With a compromised immune system, the cat is no longer able tofight subsequent infections or disease.
  • Any cat with exposure to the outdoors is at risk for FIV.
  • FIV is mainly transmitted during cat fights via bite wounds.
  • Initial symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, lethargy,diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes and low white blood cell count.
  • Second stage cats may recover and show no symptoms yet becomelifelong carriers.
  • Third stage cats experience weight loss, sores in and aroundthe mouth, poor hair coat and secondary infections, which becomemore frequent and resistant to treatment.

*Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), the cause of felineAIDS, is not the same virus as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV),the cause of human AIDS.


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