Feline AIDS

Cat AIDS symptoms and treatment

According to North American veterinary statistics, 1 in 12 cats can test positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Cat AIDS is a leading cause of disease in cats worldwide. There is no easy treatment or cure for feline AIDS, and in the early stages of the disease, feline AIDS symptoms may be difficult to detect.

Feline AIDS usually spreads through contact with the saliva of an infected cat. In rare cases, a mother cat may transmit the disease to her unborn kittens. FIV is fatal to cats, but is not contagious to humans. Any outdoor cat, or one who comes in contact with strays or other cats, is at risk for contracting feline immunodeficiency virus. The virus enters the bloodstream, usually through a bite wound, and attacks the cat's immune system. As the immune system weakens, the cat is more susceptible to infections and other illness. Eventually, the cat becomes too sick to fight disease, and dies.

Signs and Symptoms of Feline AIDS

Cats infected with FIV may appear healthy for up to six years. In the early stages, symptoms of FIV are not always obvious, and often don't appear at all. Early signs and symptoms of feline AIDS can include:

  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Loss of appetite

As the disease progresses, symptoms become more severe. Later signs and symptoms of FIV may include:

  • Loss of weight
  • Dull or sparse coat
  • Sores in and around the mouth
  • Sores or lesions around the eyes
  • Chronic infections

Treatment and Prevention of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Cat AIDS first appeared in 1986, and quickly spread throughout the domestic cat population. About 11 percent of cats worldwide have FIV. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a treatment aid known as the lymphocyte T-cell immune modulator, which helps boost the white blood cells of infected animals. However, the treatment is new, and expensive. The best form of treatment for feline AIDS is prevention:

  • Vaccinate outdoor cats, or indoor cats who may get outside.
  • If introducing a new cat or kitten to the household, have the newcomer checked by a vet.
  • Keep aggressive cats isolated from other cats.
  • Vaccinate any cat who is also at risk for feline leukemia.
  • Keep a sick cat indoors. The virus transmits more easily to cats that are unhealthy.
  • If the cat has a bite wound or an injury, have a vet run a test for feline AIDS.
  • If boarding or traveling with the cat, be sure the FIV vaccination is up to date.
  • If the cat has feline AIDS, prevent the spread of the virus by isolating the cat from others.

To test a cat for feline immunodeficiency virus, the vet will check the cat's history and risk factors, look for any visible signs of cat AIDS and take a blood sample. The blood test can't identify the virus, but determines whether the FIV antibody is present in the cat's bloodstream. Antibodies are chemical structures that try to neutralize or fight the virus.

Some tests may return a false positive. Cats who have been vaccinated, or kittens that may have ingested antibodies from the mother's milk, can test positive even if they don't have the virus. Vaccination is the best form of FIV prevention. With proper care, a cat can live a long and healthy life.

By M.J. Holliday

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Posted by lissa stroman on September 06,2014 at 04:00 PM
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Posted by Amanda on September 25,2013 at 02:14 PM
I just had to put my 7year old cat named butternut squash down do to feline aids. Friday night he started to act different so saturday came now he was staring at the wall and then try to climb it. So I took hin to a vet hospital that was open in Sat since my vet was close they told me it was just flea poisoning gave him some meds and told me he'll be fine in two to three days. Well last night he got limp and was having a hard time breathing so he made it till the morning then took hin to our vet he run blood test came bact the he was lethargic and that he had a temp if 108.1 I know then he wasn't going to make it it was a hard décision to make I never want any of my babies to suffer he was on outside inside cat never thought he would get feline aids he had a skin problem for years but the test always came back negative it happen so fas just two weeks ago he was fat and happy eating drinking playing then this last two week all he wanted to do was sleep I missy him already and I'm glad that he is in no more pain.I will always missy him R.I.P Butternut Squash
Posted by CATherine on October 03,2013 at 09:44 AM
I'm so very sorry for your loss, Amanda. Praying that none of your other indoor cats have caught this disease from Butternut Squash. Nothing as difficult as a loss of one of our fur-babies. Hearts & hugs your way <3
Posted by Gerard on January 17,2013 at 11:59 AM
I really don't understand cat people sometimes LOL. If you have more than a couple cats and they aren't barn cats there is something wrong. Anyways, I have a cat with FIV and he has lived a long happy life. He is in the final stages showing weight loss, small scabs around his mouth, poor gum health/breath, possible kidney issues. I found that if you try wet cat food it will help him retain weight maybe just because it is something he thinks is a treat. He won't eat much if you just put out dry food. Just keep them up to date on shots and in a clean environment to minimize other infections. Hopefully he hangs in there for a while, but when he starts truly suffering, I will have to end it for him. I'd ask someone to do the same for me if I was bad enough. Until then...
Posted by SYLVIA on June 18,2014 at 12:24 PM
Dear Gerard - TU so much for posting about your FIV cat. Altho Dr did not diagnose with one cat who died, now I have another doing same problems. Does eat, but loses weight--I will buy wet food today! Trying to get to drink more water; doesn't seem interested. She does sleep a lot.
Posted by fathima on November 14,2012 at 02:29 AM
my 7 year old cat has gotten sick this past week. loss of appetite, lethargy, weak. So the vet calls today to tell me that he has tested positive for feline aids AND feline leukemia. Not sure how to respond to this or what to do. Is it even possible for them to have both at once??
Posted by beckie on March 04,2013 at 11:14 AM
yes it is possible for the cat to get both dieases, being he has the fiv his immune system is shot, try to keep him inside as much as u can and just keep him up to date on vaccinations, and in a clean environment and as long as he is comfortable and in no pain just let him be a cat, when he gets worse wich he will eventually could be months or years then u can decide if u want to end his suffering. just be fair to him and love him while he is still around :)
Posted by Sheri on October 15,2012 at 02:21 PM
Please don't euthanize a cat just for testing FIV+. It could be a false positive, and FIV is not fatal in all cats. Many cats with it never have symptoms, live to be old, and die of other causes. I would strongly recommend NOT VACCINATING for FIV. Your cat will test FIV+ the rest of its life. If something happens to you and it ends up at a shelter, you have given it a death sentence. It will be euthanized because the ELISA can't distinguish between the vaccination and the real disease. Also, remember cats don't get it from sharing food bowls. It's spread through bite wounds (usually unneutered toms). FIV+ cats can even live in the same household as negative cats, if they don't fight--it won't spread. Please give these cats a chance.
Posted by CATherine on October 03,2013 at 09:52 AM
Sheri, You have just posted a VERY important, informative response that carries information that should ALWAYS be presented to cat family owners considering having their felines vaccinated for FIV! Some of why you described here is totally why I've NOT gotten my loves vaccinated, but you also added more information that had totally skipped my awareness: that of ones' vaccinated cats ending up in a shelter and then being put down due to testing positive for FIV even when they're simply vaccinated. I sure pray that most vets are not simply looking at the added dollar to their pockets in recommending this vaccine and will alert the clients about these very important negatives of shooting up our cats with the HIV vaccine. Please keep on educating other cat family people whenever you're able; with great thanks from me!
Posted by jeanette on December 14,2012 at 10:47 AM
So very true! I am in process of adopting a feral older female with FIV+ result. She was spayed so it is remotely possible she was also vaccinated but the issue is moot. She has dental disease and needs ALL her teeth removed so there is little to no chance she will infect my other four. Having extensive education and training in Human HIV and reading all I have on feline HIV I feel highly confident this will be all work out for the best!
Posted by CATherine on October 03,2013 at 09:48 AM
God bless you Jeanette, for taking in this FIV+ older female. You are a sweetheart who obviously and an enormous love of all those feline. May your new family member become fast friends with the existing fur-family and also live a very long, healthy life. <3
Posted by Allan A on September 28,2012 at 07:27 AM
We used to be stuiped and let our 5 month old cats roam outside.We didn't Know about Feline Aids then.We kept in close touch with our Vet;routinely they would get shots,eye medication,interferon when needed and wound and tooth checkups.We have lost 1 of them,so far.He lived for 7 years,and when he got really down and unable to run around and play-we isolated him.He rook all of his meds,ate his meals alright...but towards the end,All meals were canned and soft.His water was kept very clean as was his litter box.He had a king bed,a TV and music if we left the house..also good A/C in the summers.The evening before Cocoa died, he kept Staring at me,couldn't take his eyes off of me.I thought,oh,no...something is going to happen.He was sitting by his favorite window,and kept looking out all of the next morning.In the afternoon,he jumped suddenly off of his chair,ran across the room,gave 1 big Snarl...and dropped dead.He was buried with honors.Coke died because we let him outside in the first place.I say,do Every- thing you Can before "putting your pet to sleep".His Life is All he's got.
Posted by CATherine on October 03,2013 at 09:54 AM
He had YOU too and your ENORMOUS resource of love.
Posted by Jane on September 17,2012 at 04:18 AM
Hi there. I had a stray cat visit me often, so I fed it. When I called the RSPCA, they took it away. Later I found out it had FIV and ringworm. My very healthy cat stays indoors, she is vaccinated. Since the stray ate out of my cats bowl a couple of times, would my cat be at risk of Fiv?
Posted by beckie on March 04,2013 at 11:17 AM
no your cat is not at risk unless the infected cat gets into a fight with your indoor cat, i would however get the cat checked for ring worm unless you washed your hands before you touched your indoor cat.
Posted by Cat lover on July 27,2012 at 03:37 PM
I had rescued my cat Bella about two years ago, she was healthy as could be, I also had an older calico Sophea first Sophea started loosing her fir and loosing weight then she started getting aggressive, she had just had a litter of kittens and she abandoned them to the point my other cat Bella stepped in and started nursing them and everything else, then Sophea just disappeared. About a month ago Bella started showing the same signs as Sophea did, she got out of the house a week ago :( now im worried about my male cats...Is this (FIV) We don't beleave in doctors and such, can any one tell me what this might be please????
Posted by Tonya on August 08,2012 at 11:56 AM
You can find a vet who can treat your pet with alternative medicine the way we did. Defiantly look at the symptoms, our cat got into a fight with another cat, there seemed to be a female cat in heat and when he came in, he had a injury to his face. Not long after it his face became swollen with infection, the vet who treated him with alternative medicine, cleared the infection which turned out to be a bite wound, our cat lost a lot of weight, seemed to sleep even more than usual. He didn't want to have anything to do with playing, which was even more unusual for him. You can tell if your cat has a fever by looking at the gums, if they appear white and not pink and healthy, then the white blood cells may be elevated. Always watch the gums, eyes (dull shine and sore around them), nose and the coat.
Posted by madi on June 07,2012 at 09:46 AM
my family just found out that my cat tommy boy as FIV we have had for about 10 years and i cant imagine him not being around his immune system is very low and he has the flu so he has gone from an outside cat to an inside one which my step dad hates i dont know what to do i dont want to have to put him down but i dont want him to suffer. how long on average do cats with FIV live and how much pain will he be in?
Posted by Linda on August 09,2012 at 09:34 AM
My cat was diagnosed over 8 years ago with FIV, My Boy was 7 years old when he became infected, he's now going to be 16. Try alternative meds for immune boosting, and fed your cat a good diet. Good luck with your furry angel.
Posted by Tonya on August 08,2012 at 12:02 PM
You diffidently want to euthanize your cat after the secondary infection. The second stage is when they start to really suffer. Your cat has lived a long live and you can receive comfort from that. They can live a long life except for these infections. They have aids like humans, they die because of the infection. You don't want him to suffer after the secondary infection, that's where it gets worse.
Posted by Ash on July 15,2012 at 09:44 AM
Im sorry to hear this, If his immune system is low and he has the flu he may not have much longer left with you, but also may recover, I have lost two cats to FIV and it is not nice at the end and if I had to deal with it again I would euthanise the cat when the secondary infections take hold, I couldnt bear to see another suffer as much as my kitty did
Posted by mykenzie on March 14,2012 at 01:08 PM
i have a cat his name is buster and he is the sweetest thing i was wondering about 1 or 2 months ago where all this orange direa was comming from well i got to looking and i was 1out of our 8 inside cats and it was buster. we took him to a vet they said that all they seen was these tadpole things swimming under the microscope . well the doc. said that he had drank from something with lots of bacteria well we have a creek below our house he goes down there. but the doc. gave us meds for the cat it is not working . so now we will have 2 leave him out side 24,7 if he dont get better and he had his feline shots . he was a stray since birth . so what does he have. we do not want to loose him. oh yes he was born with 2 other cats they are also stays but they do not have what he has they are commpletely fine . buster is able to play run and pounce . is it his food we feed all the cats friskies in the purple bag he hates his meds. he hides from us now help what does he have please have u seen anything like this.
Posted by jackie on July 09,2013 at 10:54 PM
sounds like your cat has giardia or coccidia from drinking out of the creek. it is deadly if not treated with with some simple anti-protozoan meds. their poo will stink to high heaven & be diarrhea like. they will loose lot os of electrolytes from diarrhea. plz take your cat back to the Vet, maybe even a different Vet.
Posted by beckie on March 04,2013 at 11:08 AM
for one I would not let the cat outside until he has over come his illness, maybe keep him quarintined in a seperate room from the others and set it up with a litter box so if he does have the runs it doesnt get everywhere, if the meds the vet gave you dont work after this for like a week, i would take the cat back to the vet and tell them, maybe they can give your cat something else to try, do not let him drink out of that creek anymore, he could also get potomac fever along with millions of other illness's.
Posted by Tonya on August 08,2012 at 12:19 PM
I haven't seen the tadpole type diarrhea, when my cat vomited and he has the feline aids, it was yellow the color of bile. You may need to give him the medicine and see if he still has it after. It is easier to give him his meds by wrapping him in a towel and tuck him under one arm. Someone else can give him his meds, hold his mouth under his chin, you need to give it through the side of his mouth. It's frustration when the doc don't tell you how to administer meds properly, or a second way if the first don't work. Good luck, he may get better and not have feline aids like mine.
Posted by YetAnotherCatMama on May 08,2012 at 07:47 PM
My vet at the local pet hospital told me to feed my FIV+ cat nothing but plain baked chicken for 3 weeks to cure his foamy orange diarhhea. It worked! Not to mention Cowboy loved it. The chicken must be prepared with nothing else, just plain, no spices, garnish, and especially no onions or garlic (which are poisonous to cats). You can put chicken pieces in a plastic wrap or baggie into the microwave. This makes it really juicy and it will smell good and be appealing to the cat. Beyond this, I realize it's expensive but you should try your vet one more time and if that doesn't work, try a different vet. It doesnt' mean the first vet isn't a good doctor, it just means that sometimes one person has different training or experience and can pick up on a problem the other one missed. I'll keep Buster in my prayers.
Posted by moonlit on February 09,2012 at 02:21 PM
One of my cats got out of the house and has been missing for almost 1 week. We have set up a trap to try and get him(saw him in the neighbors yard for some reason he just isn't coming home). Anyway instead of trapping my cat we have trapped two stray cats (different times) and got them to the vet. Wanted to get them fixed and checked out. Ends up both cats had feline aids, stomach and other infections. They were both very ill and had to be put down. It's just so sad...are they even trying to find a cure for this horrible disease?
Posted by madi on January 24,2012 at 09:59 PM
I had my cat callie for seven years. While i was moving from place to place i had to leave her at my friends who has outdoor cats too. When i finally got settled down i brought her home. She was doing good for awhile than she went down hill she was loosing weight clumps of hair was coming out of her sides she stopped eating cuz of the sores in her mouth. When i took her to the vet the stupid people said it was something else and just gave me steriods for her she did not get better finally we had to put her down did not want her to suffer anymore. After she was gone is when we found out she got fiv-cat aids. She was my best friend. Rip callie
Posted by Tonya on August 08,2012 at 12:12 PM
Yeah that was pretty stupid if the vet kept you from knowing how to treat your pet for feline aids. We love our pets and don't want them to suffer anymore than they have to. This is where we loose trust form the Medical community. How did you find out? You have my sympathy, it seems your cat had the secondary symptoms. This may tell me that your friend didn't tell you your cat was sick the first time.
Posted by Brianna on January 22,2012 at 04:22 PM
My cat died yesterday from the feline aids, I really wish they found a cure that works effectively and fast.
Posted by Cher on February 13,2013 at 08:45 PM
So sorry for your loss. We, too, have a cat that has FIV. He's now 14 and has been healthy for the 8 years we've had him. He is, unfortunately fighting a virus now and we're scared He might not overcome it. Please keep your cats indoors ... They don't deserve to suffer from this disease.
Posted by Steph on January 21,2012 at 03:39 PM
About 2 1/2 years ago we found a stray kitten in our backyard. We took him in and took him to the vet to get his shots and get neutered. Of course they did some testing before they could operate and he tested positive for fiv. He also showed to have a swollen liver due to the aids. We decided to have him neutered anyway. He seemed like a normal cat up until that point. After we brought him home, he ended up with an oozing sore next to his genitals. The vet said it was from excessive licking and his body was having trouble healing due to the fiv. He ended up getting a fever, having diareah, and having to wear one of those lovely big plastic collars which he absolutely hated. Luckily, he did heal. Once in a while he gets a weepy eye and we just noticed a small bump on his lip. Other than that he is a normal, healthy cat. He wants to play constantly, has an amazing appetite, has normal bowel movements, and loves to be loved! He's the king of the house and we hope to have him around for many more years. Don't give up on your cat!
Posted by Dorinda on October 06,2011 at 01:49 PM
my daughters cat has had a problem for the past 2 years.....his pads on his feet burst and the insides come out and he bleeds all over the place. i used to wrap his feet all the way up to his shoulders so he couldn't get to his feet. my vet has never seen this before. it was always his front feet. but it has happened to his back feet in the past 2 weeks. i don't wrap them anymore because they get more infected if i do. i just let him clean himself. i have also noticed that he is losing weight and has very loose bowels.. could this be a symptom of aids? thanks
Posted by CATherine on October 03,2013 at 10:01 AM
First, switch vets! Your daughter's cat should have been tested for FIV flat out before any treatment was administered. Certainly sounds like FIV to me as I regularly fed and treated and outdoor stray who texted positive for FIV. At the end, I had to have Macavity 'Mac' aided over the Rainbow Bridge as his paws were terribly infected, his lips had sores and he was totally going down hill. RIP Mac ... continue think of you with loving heart embrace.
Posted by Tonya on August 08,2012 at 12:28 PM
Your cat may have feline aids, check your pets gums to see if he has a infection, his gums should be pink and healthy, our cat's gums where white, which means he had a fever. You want to make sure your cat has no infection. If he does the vet can treat him with antibiotics which helps your pet fight the feline aids virus. Did the vet test him for feline aids? Did he x-ray the feet to see if his feet bone is normal? I have seen horses that had the same because his bone was close to the surface, or your cat may have been born with a deformity, the skin may be sensitive and irritated which may cause the skin on his feet to split and bleed.
Posted by Sue on August 08,2011 at 03:37 AM
have just rescued a 6 year old little burmese girl cat who has the virus as well as had cat flu...she is a real little cutie and purrs all day long. She will not go outside agin unless I have her on a harness as it would not be fair to her health or other cats. She has the run of the house up and down and I enclosed the deck area for her......please think twice before you put them down because of this.......but do keep them away from other cats.
Posted by Lizz on July 02,2011 at 11:06 PM
I went to a shelter today, and this kitten was quarantined and touched my finger with its nose lightly, I then went home to my own cat, should I be worried? Should I get her tested? If so, how long do I need to wait to get her tested. I don't think she's had vaccines in like 3 years, would she still be protected? Thanks guys.
Posted by nikie on April 24,2011 at 09:12 PM
hi...my name is nikie and i just found out 2 days ago that my baby tigger has fiv..aka AIDS! i have had tigger for 11 years now and i bottle raised him. he has always had watery eyes and sneezed alot. but the older he got he started getting worse. there r alot of different things that i have notice about him but i continued to put them off. u see....i cant have kids and this is my child.we do everything together. he started getting real bad so i took him to the vet and 10 mins later she came into the room and popped out your baby is aids positive......my heart fell and imediately started crying. i couldnt even keep it together to finish talking to the vet. my baby is still at the vet and very sick. the vet wants me to put him down...but how do u put your baby down...? so please to all of u out there who love there babies just as much as i love my tigger...go get your babies tested be safe and cant hurt.
Posted by lisa on May 01,2012 at 11:17 AM
IM VERY SORRY 4 YOUR LOSE!!!! I JUST FOUND OUT MY BABY HAS AIDS ,IHIS NAME IS JINKS-C I CALL HIM JINKS IM SO SAD AN I DONT KNOW HOW LONG WE HAVE. WE ALWAYS HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER, AN WE PLANTED SOME FLOWERS 2DAY , I LOVE MY KITTE AN I WILL MISS HIM . HE IS S000000000 SWEET ,I REALY BELEAVE HE LOVES ME,I TELL HIM I LOVE HIM A LOT .HE CRYS TO GO OUT, I FEEL LIKE IM KEEPING HIM LOCKED UP . HE IS USED TO GOING OUT AN IN WHEN HE WANTS, WILL HE GET USED TO BEING IN AT ALL TIMES , HOPE TO HERE FROM U , THANKS BLESS YOU AN YOUR BABY.
Posted by Tonya on August 08,2012 at 12:34 PM
You can have your cat be happy about being inside. First you need to find him somethings to entertain himself such as toys and lots of shelves and cat tower. You can also train your cat to wear a harness and walk him outside, so that he will feel he has not missed much by being indoors.
Posted by Christin on May 12,2011 at 06:39 PM
Hi Nikie, First of all I am sorry that you have to endure this. From what I gather, 11 Years is a LONG life for a cat with Feline Aids. I can relate to your loss, or impending loss. I Have lost several cats (I rescue cats that are not adoptable, either due to behavior, age or illness) to illnesses and many of those were raised by me. The pain is incredible you go through, just like losing a child. I too cannot have children and devoted my time, house and love to my cats, we do everything together (other than go outside). Since this was written 2 weeks ago I do not know if your baby has passed on yet, if you had made that terrible decision to let him go.... but please know that there are many people out there that understand you and your loss. In the many years I have only lost 2 cats in their sleep, compared to 10+ having been put to sleep due to severe illness and quality of life. Please know that there are vets out there that come to your home and do this in your home, to not stress the cat out any further, allows you time to spend with your baby and be there. I encourage you to be there when the injection is given, let your baby know that you're there in its last moments. Let him see you, talk calmly to it (you have time for tears later). to make it a bit easier, think of if you were terminally ill and in pain, how would you want to be treated... It does make it a bit easier to deal with the thoughts of 'doing this to your cat'. Have him cremated and keep his ashes, a foot print as well, some hair. All of things make it easier in the long run. Read on how to deal with grief. Its not any different than grief if you lose a human. Tigger knows that you're his Mom, that you love him. He also trusts you to make the right decision for him. Please let me know how things are with you. Christin
Posted by Be Fair on April 25,2011 at 04:35 PM
If you love your Tigger put him down. He is suffering and it is humain.
Posted by Marcia on April 11,2011 at 07:50 AM
I have one of each. One cat with AIDS and one cat with leukemia. Yeah, I don't have the greatest luck. I just wanted to say don't let your vet talk you in to immediately euthanising if he has it. The diseases themselves are incurable but if your cat is lathargic and running a fever it is usually caused by a secondary infection which CAN be treated and he will be feeling better in no time. Some of them can have a full life without symptoms, so please don't give up unless he is totally sick and suffering and there is no hope for anything else. I HATE when people just euthanise a perfectly normal cat just because it tests positive!
Posted by marblesali on March 08,2011 at 05:23 PM
My cat was just diagnosed with feline aids on Friday, Mar. 4, he died today Tuesday, Mar. 8 he would be 4 years old in August,. I took him to the vet because his back pad was bleeding and exposed, the vet removed the dead pad, and treated him with antibiotics, and doing the blood test for feline leukemia/ feline aids he showed positive for aids. I brought him back on Monday for a steroids shot to bring down the swelling in his paw pad, he seemed to be doing fine, the pad had stopped bleeding. His most prominent sign for the aids was being lethargic, I guess he was sicker than we thought.
Posted by Gisela on March 02,2012 at 06:52 PM
So sorry to hear. My cat Felix was diagnosed with it too. He had a terrible infection on both of his paws. His claw fell and has a gaping hole that bleeds a lot. He has been given antibiotics and a collar. He seems larthargic and sad. What disturbs me is that the vet gave him a rabis shot too. After reading up on the subject , she should of known it would be taxing on his system! It's been a week and it dones't seem to be healing. I wish she would of been more honest instead she was trying to convince into getting her paws x-rayed and getting a cancer test. I went in thinking they would clean his wound and give him antibiotics and maybe spend $250 instead they charged me $650. Know I have get bandage changed tomorrow. Some after reading all this posts I feel bilked and betrayed.
Posted by Katie on March 02,2011 at 12:01 AM
My sisters ex found a mother cat and her 2 week old kitten out in the horrible heat last year. Only one survived when he went back for them and we have her now. We have a barn with horses and cats and she was originally meant to eventually be put out at the barn. Unfortunately, we had her tested when she went to get fixed, and found out she had contracted feline aids and leukemia from her mother. They were going to put her down but theres no point. Shes a frisky little thing, so full of life. She is an indoor cat now. We let her out for several hours everyday but she never roams too far; shes always ready to come back in within a hour. I even take her to Petsmart once every week or so to go look at the birds or fish. Just because a cat has aids does not mean that they cant live. The disease can only effect other cats through direct contact, or feces.
Posted by Charlene on February 08,2011 at 05:31 PM
I have an older cat that we rescued about 2 years ago (11 - 12 yrs.old). He is subject to seizures and has them may once a month. Just noticed today that a very small red pinpoint dot that he has had over his eye for several months has suddenly developed into a blood blister about the size of a quarter of a dime. He is an indoor cat. Fur has never grown in the area of this little dot. It does not appear to be infected. Should I be concerned. He only has the one. Thanks for your comments.
Posted by Maili Kaiana on December 10,2010 at 04:06 AM
Please help me I foud a stray and love this cat, I shows some symptoms of feline aids like dry, not wet nose, sleeps a lot, use to eat more, as I got it in the hous, now after treatment of earmites and ear infection, now it has a fever of 103 temp, and is on antibiotics, beeing that it is on meds now for 2 weeks on clavamox tabs anti biotic 125 mg, could that be , that is why it sleeps so much to get rid of the feaver, or does everything point to feline aids? His urin is very acidy, but he does not have the runs stool is a firm consistant, the male cat is 3 and a half, and always has been very dossle, timmid and quet. DO I NEED TO WORRY, SINCE IT WAS A STRAY? HE HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 5 WEEKS NOW i TOOK HIM IN SOMEONE JUST LEFT HIM. I would procicute and press chages against these people if I find out who they were, Please help and avise me I am so afraid of the outcome, I am falling apart here over this. Could it be Aids or Leukimia, or is it just the way the cat is, he is not a fighter, and stays indoors with me now. Help me my e mail is Maili@hawaiiantel.net
Posted by moonlit on February 09,2012 at 02:27 PM
Yes you need to be concerned especially if you have other cats. Get your kitty tested. If he test positive he shouldn't be with cats that are negative or they could get infected as well. I am surprised that your vet wouldn't have tested him already you might want to check to see if they already did. I wish you and your kitty the best.
Posted by amanda tesner on November 17,2010 at 11:23 PM
my 1yr old cat, has feline aids, about 3 months ago i noticed she was in pain when she tried to eat. she would let out a yep and jump in air and run off from food when trying to eat, i took her to vet and decovered she was positive for aids. they showed me her gums and they were red with blisters and it was terriable to see how bad it was and i had no idea. they gave her a steroriod shot and she has done great up until now. i have noticed she is having pain again eating and laying around. so she off to vet again for another shot friday.
Posted by Sylvia Estrada on January 24,2011 at 05:33 PM
My cat is about 8 yrs old and was diagnosed as FIV because I noticed he too was displaying the symptons like yours did when eating and when taking him to the vet, my vet noticed a tongue ulceration and sores at the back of his mouth. He now is receiving antibiotic shots every 2-3 days and a monthly steroid injection. They still cannot get the mouth sores cleared up so I am planning to speak with my vet to ask for the new drug LTCI perhaps to be used if feasible. I now have noticed his balance is off and I have him on a/d canned food diluted with omega oil drops and he seems to eat it with not much trouble. The steroid shot can only be given monthly. I am in high hopes that there is a way to fight this but all the articles I have researched on the net have been rather negative. But---I am still trying for his sake. Good luck and god bless.
Posted by luanna on January 02,2011 at 04:44 AM
Cats with Feline Aids get what is call stomatitis in the mouth which is like being allergic to you own teeth. I have and FIV kitty and he can only eat soft food, and that still hurts him. The only way to help is to remove all his teeth. Im a Vet assistant an it is still hard to care for him and his special needs
Posted by Sally on September 23,2010 at 01:38 PM
I just adopted a kitten who tested positive for FIV. I know it's still early and it could be a fase positive since she was born to a wild cat, but I need to know this...If my son brings his dog home and there is contact with the cat, is there any way the dog could transmit the virus to his roommate's cats? Her indoor cats are both very healthy and have tested negative.
Posted by Nicole on August 07,2011 at 08:00 PM
NO! I just found out my cat (out doors) has feline aids. I have 4 dogs, and there is no way a cat can give a dog it. I just asked my vet that same exact question
Posted by luanna on January 02,2011 at 04:46 AM
no the virus can not be supported on or in the dog.
Posted by Brice on May 11,2010 at 07:09 PM
I Commend You for Your care of this creature. I have My Own cat, and have also been feeding over a Dozen others in My neighborhood, for over 4 years Now. The Only Thing it sound like You need to worry about, Is her exposure to other animals, and the outside world in general! Keep Up the good Work, and Keep her safe! ;-)
Posted by shelley on January 12,2010 at 08:47 PM
had a stray cat put down cause of feline aids, my question is i have another one i've had for 2 years now she is fixed happy & healthy, eats well comes in for a couple of hours a day when weather is bad or sometimes not, she has her own house (new house i got made for her) she loves it, is there anything i need to worry about ? she adopted me but i love her still a little wild but she protects the area & i'm the only one that takes care of her!
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