What you need to know is, it's really not that bad! FIV+ Cats

FIV is in the same category as an HIV virus but this is a feline-only disease. FIV cannot affect other animals or humans. It is a species-specific virus. Being a slow virus, FIV will take a lot of time to weaken a cat’s immune system. The affected cat can suffer from a fully compromised immune system or can become an FIV carrier, or become totally immune. FIV has been infecting cats for a long time and the virus reduces the white blood cells making the cat more prone to infections.

FIV is transmitted from feline to feline through blood contact, mainly due to a deep bite or cut wounds. These injuries occur during territorial supremacy and aggressive fights. The second way is passing the virus from an affected mother to her kitten. The vast population of cats after neutering have no reason to bite other felines.


You may perceive the question, can FIV positive and negative cats live together? This virus is not known to pass through casual contact, sneezing, social grooming, and sharing litter boxes, and food bowls.

A cat who tests FIV positive will still boast of a powerful immune system for many years. With excellent love and care, many FIV positive cats have healthy lifespans. Nowadays, it’s not difficult to see FIV positive cats living 15 years. A 10-year study revealed that FIV infection rarely affects a cat’s lifespan.

So what's different when caring for a FIV positive cat? 

Are you a 'No Kill' rescue?

We hear it a lot when people need help. They want to find a 'No Kill' rescue or shelter. Here at Ragamuffin Rescue, we take that to the next level! Many people do not realize that the No Kill standards do NOT apply to neonates. WHAT?!


That's right, their definition of a "healthy and treatable" animal starts with "...all dogs and cats over 8 weeks of age...". This is because neonates are not considered adoptable because of their young age. Many locations do not have the means to care for them. When the care is not available to feed them as often as necessary, they can suffer from low blood sugars, which is life threatening for a baby, and they are often euthanized if other arrangements cannot be found. Feral cats can also be excluded from the No Kill standard, as their behaviors can put them in an un-adoptable category. 

What does that mean for us? We go beyond the No Kill standards, to ensure that every animal is given a chance at life! Learn more about the No Kill standards in the video below!

See all of our 2019 rescues in the video below!
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