5591RE: [FH] Re: FIV+ cat (off topic)
- May 13, 2002max and pum are like children...the playtime sometimes degenerates a
bit...but not always fortunately...and later they are sleeping together all
From: marcijoy2002 [mailto:foxfried@...]
Sent: Monday, May 06, 2002 12:49 PM
Subject: [FH] Re: FIV+ cat (off topic)
Are there really cats that live together and do not fight, ever? Even
play fight? I thought it was natural for cats in a household to play
fight with each other, especially kittens. Morris and Tigger are
usually very affectionate with each other, but sometimes they really
go at it. Tigger has actually bitten permanent holes in Morris' ear.
And they are both neutered male senior citizens, so there's no
testosterone issue involved.
--- In feline-heart@y..., adawson1971@a... wrote:
> I wondered the same thing when I considered fostering cast from my
local shelter. I found this description at:
> Common Health Problems: How do cats get Feline Immunodeficiency
> Most cats become infected with FIV when they are bitten while
fighting with an infected cat. The virus, present in the saliva of
infected cats, passes beneath the skin of the victim when it is
bitten. Once it is in the body, FIV infects cells, replicates, and
spreads to new sites via blood vessels and lymph channels.
> Most FIV-positive cats have a history of cat fights and bite-wound
abscesses. Considering that bites are the primary mode of
transmission, it is not surprising that cats at greatest risk of FIV
infection are outdoor, adult males, who are most likely to engage in
aggressive fights over territory.
> A less common route of FIV transmission is from an infected mother
cat (queen) to her kittens. Infection can occur in the uterus during
pregnancy, through ingestion of virus-laden milk after birth or
possibly as the kitten is delivered.
> Not all kittens born to FIV-positive cats become infected with the
virus. The reasons for this are not well understood although it
appears that several factors may be involved, such as the strain of
FIV and the health status of the mother cat. One FIV-positive queen
might have a litter with no infected kittens. In some cases, litters
may include some kittens with FIV and some without. This is an area
of active research, and there are still more questions than answers.
> Cats can also become infected with FIV if they receive FIV-positive
blood or blood components in transfusions. However, the risk from
blood transfusions has lessened considerable since reliable FIV
diagnostic tests have become widely available. Today blood donor cats
should be routinely screened for infectious agents.
> Sexual transmission of FIV is theoretically possible. However, the
actual incidence of sexual transmission is unknown. This possibility
can be greatly reduced by early neutering.
> FIV is rarely spread through casual contact (by sharing food and
water bowls or litter pans, by airborne germs, or by mutual
grooming). However, extremely sensitive, sophisticated tests have
detected FIV proteins in some previously uninfected cats that had
been living with positive cats for long periods. These "hidden"
infections presumably occurred even though the cats did not fight.
Although the affected cats had FIV proteins in their bodies, they did
not test positive for FIV infection using routine blood tests and so
far have not developed clinical signs of FIV infection. Therefore,
the full implications of these observations are still unclear.
However, casual FIV transmission must considered a possibility.
(excerpt from The Cat AIDS Virus: What Every Cat Owner Should Know
About Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) by Grady H. Shelton, DVM,
> In a message dated Mon, 6 May 2002 12:06:02 PM Eastern Daylight
Time, "marcijoy2002" <foxfried@h...> writes:
> >Sorry for going off topic, but I am curious how you manage having
> >FIV+ cat along with an FIV- cat. How do you keep the FIV+ cat
> >scratching, biting, grooming the other cat? I sponsor an FIV+ cat
> >a shelter, but I am afraid to visit him because I don't want to
> >infect my own cats, both of which already have other illnesses.
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