A warm hello to all who visit here.
My name is Trish. My fur baby’s name is Zibo.
Zibo was diagnosed with FIV recently.
My husband and I are attempting to share information with other cat owners who have cats with FIV Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or anyone who is interested in the subject.
Please help us by sharing whatever you want on the subject of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Some folks call it feline AIDS.
We know it can be a devastating illness, but there is hope and help.
What is FIV or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus?
DEFINITION FROM THE MERCK VETERINARY MANUAL 9th EDITION
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV, originally feline T-lymphotropic lentivirus) is a related lentivirus that has been identified in domestic cats and cheetahs.
The infection is endemic in cats throughout the world.
Virus is shed mainly in the saliva, and the principal mode of transmission is through bites.
Free-roaming (feral and pet), male, and aged cats are at the greatest risk of infection.
FIV infection is uncommon in closed purebred catteries.
After infection, there is a transient period of fever, lymphadenopathy, and neutropenia.
Most cats recover from this stage and appear normal for months or years before immunodeficiency occurs.
The percentage of infected cats that enter the terminal phase of the illness is unknown.
Cats with acquired immunodeficiency induced by FIV develop chronic secondary and opportunistic infections of the respiratory, GI (including mouth), and urinary tracts, as well as the skin.
FIV-infected cats have a higher than expected incidence of FeLV-negative lymphomas, usually of the B-cell type, and myeloproliferative disorders (neoplasias and dysplasias).
Of affected cats, ~5% have neurologic signs referable to cerebral cortex disease (behaviuoral abnormalities, psychomotor disturbances, dementia, convulsions).
Cats remain infected for life; the presence of serum antibodies is directly correlated with the ability to isolate virus from blood cells and saliva.
FIV Test – Example of How Vets Do It
You might be wondering how an FIV test is performed? Watch this video to see how it’s done, and hopefully this can help you decide if your pet needs one.
Treatments for FIV
We have located the first government approved Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Treatment. We are anxiously waiting to see if Zibo is going to be trying it.
In the meantime we are using some natural remedies that are working amazing results so far.
There is a new drug on the market called LTCI (Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator)
LTCI is the first and at this time the only USDA approved treatment for cats infected with FeLV and FIV.
This is by far the best we have found and Zibo uses it.
We will keep you posted on Zibo’s progress.
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Treatment is available for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV.
FIV is incurable. However, FIV-infected cats can live for many years.
Again, there are also some natural and herbal remedies on the market that give some relief and help boost the cat’s system.
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