Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a slow acting disease that can gradually wear down the immune system of a cat. As a result of this deterioration, cats are unable to fight off common infections, causing them to be sick at a greater frequency than healthy cats.
The disease is known to be primarily contracted via bite wounds from infected cats, as well as passed on to baby kittens from an infected mother. If you have a cat, you likely want to do all that you can to help your beloved pet avoid contracting this disease. Use this information to learn more about the techniques you can use to keep your cat FIV free.
Keep Your Cat Indoors
Although many cat owners allow their cat to roam free outdoors, this may not be such a good idea. When your cat is out of your range of supervision, they may come into contact with another cat and get into a fight. If the other cat happens to be infected with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, they may deliver a deep bite wound that allows the disease to be transmitted to your cat.
Keeping your pet indoors is the perfect way to help prevent this issue from occurring. Your cat will be indoors and under your supervision, safe from the threat of encountering an infected cat. If your cat still wants to go outdoors, attach a leash to their collar so you can instantly control the situation if you do happen to bump into a roaming cat.
Make Sure Your Feline Friends Play Nice
One of the trickier aspects of FIV is its ability to remain dormant in a cat’s system for years. Your cat may appear to be the picture of health, while all the time they are indeed infected with the virus and can spread it to other cats.
If you have more than one cat, always make sure that they play nice. While some rough housing between feline housemates is normal, don’t allow them to bite each other as they play. This is important because one of the cats may be carrying the virus, and can run the risk of passing it on if a bite transpires during a rough play session. When you notice your cats beginning to play a bit more aggressively, stop them right away and allow them to calm down before play can commence.
Keeping your cat free of FIV can help you enjoy many more years of enjoyment together. Use these tips to reduce the chance that your pet will contract this disease.