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Feline Aids is caused be Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and it's here whether we like it or not.
And it is these infected cats that can pass it on to your cat.
FIV is concentrated in the saliva of the infected cat and is transmitted when the cats saliva enters another cat's bloodstream. Just one bite during a fight or mating is all it takes to pass the infection from one cat to another. It's as simple as that (pregnant queens can also pass it on to their unborn offspring).
All cats are at risk but un-neutered, free roaming male cats are at the greatest risk.
If your cat or cats live entirely indoors and are never exposed to any other cats you probably think you needn't get them vaccinated, but there is always the risk of strays coming to your garden and the possibility of them having contact with your cats.... is it worth that risk?
The initial series of vaccinations is 3 injections 2 weeks apart followed by an annual booster. Cats that are vaccinated are also micro-chipped to record that they have been FIV vaccinated.
Don't worry it's not a death sentence but it does require more from you as an owner. Your cat will need to be kept indoors at all times and in the best of health, FIV, as the name says, affects their immune system leaving them vulnerable to all viurses, infections and parasites.
He will have to be up to date with his vaccinations, worm and parasite treatments. He will need a good quality diet that your vet will recommend and he will need a good quality diet that your vet will recommend and he will need to have regular health checks.
If you think your cat is NOT at risk CLICK HERE and take the quick questionnaire. You might be surprised at the results.
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