Our Shelter FIV+ Cats 

Approximately 1.5 to 3 percent of healthy cats are infected with the feline immunodeficiency virus, more commonly known as FIV+. FIV decreases the ability of the immune system to fight some infections. Humans and other animals, such as dogs, cannot catch FIV. Cats with FIV are better off as a one cat household though cats with FIV can live together in a household with other cats if they are all non-aggressive. Most commonly transmitted via bites during cat fights, the virus is present in the saliva of infected cats. It is passed beneath the skin of the victim when he is bitten. At greatest risk of infection are outdoor, unneutered adult male tom cats, as they are the most likely to engage in aggressive, territorial fights. Cats that live together without fighting and are easy going in nature are at little risk for becoming infected.

Understanding the facts of FIV is the only way to overcome the stigma associated with this condition. TLC is very proud we have educated hundreds of people on understanding FIV and to get across that it is not this horrible disease with no hope. Since TLC began in 2001, over 450 cats have been adopted - all to great homes that fully understand this disease. Many times cats with FIV cannot be accommodated in shelters, but TLC has a room designed for FIV+ cats. Our local SPCA believes that healthy and friendly FIV+ cats are adoptable and support our efforts by giving us their FIV+ cats. What a great team effort - TLC and the SPCA working together to save these special cats! Please consider adopting an FIV cat. They did not ask for this disease and they are just as loving and deserving as any other cats. FIV cats can live a long, healthy life under controlled conditions. Currently TLC has over forty FIV+ cats living healthy and content lives in our shelter while waiting for their forever home.   


Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
What is FIV?

FIV is a cat-only disease - you cannot catch FIV from your cat. FIV is spread between cats by bite wounds and blood transfusions. This means it cannot be spread by sharing litter boxes, food bowls, water dishes, snuggling or playing together. FIV cats can live long and normal lives. Because FIV is so widely misunderstood, many people who don't know any better are afraid to adopt cats that are FIV+. Our FIV+ cats are all healthy and beautiful and are some of the most loving, affectionate cats we have ever met – but most of them have been with us a long time, waiting to be adopted, just because people who don't know any better are afraid of the virus they carry. Please consider adopting one of these wonderful cats! If you meet them, you will fall in love. Educate yourself about FIV and consider giving one of these cats a loving home!

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)
What is it?

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus spread by cat-to-cat transfer through nasal secretions and saliva. The virus can also be found in urine, feces, and the milk of an infected cat. Transmission occurs through bite wound and mutual grooming. Although rare, transmission can also occur from shared litter boxes. FeLV cats can appear healthy, but they need placement in a home with no other cats or with other FeLV cats. The health and behavior of a FeLV cat needs to be closely monitored and vet checked at the first sign of illness. Please note: Ten Lives Club does not take in cats with the Feline Leukemia Virus


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