My New Kitten Tested Positive For FIV.
Does anyone here have experience with this?
He is only about 10 weeks old and appears to be a normal healthy kitten. Plays non-stop, eats fine, and sleeps.
The Vet was young and not very helpful. He seemed nervous telling me and didn't really give me much information, except that I could euthanize him, which I don't want to do.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/03/2013|
It says on your Wiki page ...but FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years."
Do you have other cats, OP? If you don't, fight for your new kitten. Don't give up. Watch carefully his or her quality of life. Best, best of luck. Every kitten deserves a chance.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/02/2013|
OP, I work with a cat rescue group that gets a few FIV positive kittens & cats every year. These people's experience has been that an otherwise healthy cat can usually live a normal life (preferably indoors without stress). The disease isn't transmitted casually, so even living with other animals is OK as long they don't bite each other. If your kitten stays indoors & is well cared for (diet, med checkups), it should do fine.
I recently spent some time with one of the group's FIV positive cats & she was great -- beautiful coat, affectionate, alert & curious, good appetite -- I wouldn't have known about her condition if I hadn't been told. Just take good care of your kitten as you would any other pet & I expect you'll both be happy.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/02/2013|
[quote]The Vet was young and not very helpful. He seemed nervous telling me and didn't really give me much information, except that I could euthanize him, which I don't want to do.
The vet sounds like a moron. Keep the kitten and find a new vet. Maybe even run the test again.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/02/2013|
Get a second opinion.
I had a terrier that constantly licked his paw. The old vet I used to take him to, said it was arthritis and gave him meds for a year. I researched those meds (forgot the name) and found they could cause kidney failure. I stopped the medication and took my dog to another vet who promptly found a tumor embedded in the dogs paw (dog was furry and did not like me touching his paws so I couldn't have found it).
Second vet took the tumor out and the dog was off the meds for good.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/02/2013|
I agree with R2. FIP is the one to get really worried about, so when you are doing research make sure you aren't confusing the two.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/02/2013|
My ex-bf contracted feline AIDS from our cat.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/02/2013|
I have an 11 and 1/2 year old FIV & FELV positive cat OP, So yes your cat can live a long and healthy life, please see a new Vet, as the one you saw seems incompetent. It is best to keep the cat indoors at all times because it can spread the disease through fighting, and it will be more susceptible to sickness and diseases because its immune system is weaker than a normal cats. You will want to feed it a quality catfood such as Fromm, you will want to keep its weight up, do not feed it low cal pet food, because your cat can get too thin too fast when ill, Keep it indoors, buy cat toys, and a cat tree to keep it from getting bored. You can get a puppy or other small pet to be companions with it, but another cat is a not an option as the disease is transmitted from cat to cat, and even if you got another positive cat, they could make each other sick as they may inflict wounds on each other that may not heal properly. You can also give your cat a cat vitamin, I give mine one every week, twice a week in the fall and winter. Basically if you take proper care of your cat it can lead a perfectly long and healthy life.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/02/2013|
It's the #1 killer of cats!
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/02/2013|
The only thing worse than having to hear about your cats is having to hear about your sick cats.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/02/2013|
So your cat was a bottom?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/02/2013|
R7 is right - FIP are the letters to fear. It's a mutation of FIV and speaking from recent recent experience, it's horrible to watch how fast it can take your cat. My kitty had effusive (wet) FIP and in two short months was gone.
Not all cats who have FIV get FIP, and like others have said, can live happy lives with no ill effects.
Definitely find another vet who knows what they're talking about.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/02/2013|
I strongly urge you to get a second opinion. I had a kitten ten years ago who tested positive for FIV. The vet told me to isolate the kitten from the other cats in the house for six months. I kept the kitten in a big dog carrying cage the entire time. We tested two more times and they were negative. Ten years later the cat is 20 pounds in weight and a ton of love. Get another vet.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/02/2013|
FeLuke is the one to worry about, OP; if itbwere that, I'd put Baby to sleep. Or FIP. But as the others have posted, as long as you keep Baby segregated from other cats, and you keep him healthy and stress-free, he'll be happy and fine. But he may always be thin/underweight.
Good luck, OP, you're a great person. Now go enjoy your new addition.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/02/2013|
The same happened to me, R13. It was horrible. Still bothers me to this day that I extended my cats life because I was told multiple times she had a respiratory infection. She suffered horribly and looked like something out of a nightmare by the time she was properly diagnosed.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||07/02/2013|
My cat had diabetes and FIV and lived to be 23 years old...He lived with other non-FIV cats and they are still healthy and FIV-free! Fear not--love your cat, because I believe the greater it's happiness, the stronger it's immune system! Best wishes!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/02/2013|
We found out our 8 year old cat had FIV, but only once we brought home our second cat from the shelter. The new cat had cat flu and our older cat got very sick. After a week of treatment he was finally diagnosed with FIV. We had our new cat vaccinated for FIV and keep them indoors at night but otherwise he's the same healthy cat.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/02/2013|
Kittens can test positive because of antibodies from their mother. You won't know for sure until the kitten is older whether it is truly FIV-positive.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/02/2013|
I do think a new vet is in order. Not because your kitten will need anything special (which is unlikely), but because your current vet sounds both inexperienced & uneducated.
Of course a young vet might be inexperienced -- but there's no excuse for him not taking the time to read up on this subject, which requires 15 minutes to get the cursory understanding necessary to reassure you. Suggesting euthanasia at this point is irresponsible, & I'd be loathe to trust someone like that for serious advice.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/03/2013|
Make sure he wears a condom.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/03/2013|
You all are talking in code, right? This isn't about "cats". OP's new gay boyfriend has the AIDS, and this is your way of discussing such issues with sophisticated metaphor.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/03/2013|
So who pointed a gun at your head and forced you to read this thread, dumbass at r11?
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/03/2013|
They say it started with African cats but really the government created FIV in a secret lab to wipe out the feline race. Ronald Reagan did nothing to stop it, even though the plague was ravaging out feline communities.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/03/2013|
It's "I'd be loath to trust." Loathe is a verb. Just letting you know since I had to look it up the other day myself just to be sure.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/03/2013|
Somebody's 'kitten' likes taking loads in the back rooms and saunas. What a slut.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/03/2013|
Remember when nobody EVER took their cat to the vet?
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/03/2013|
Anti-animal people like r11 are dangerous psychopaths to be avoided.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/03/2013|