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November 12, 2010

OK With FIV

One of the Bedford Rescue cats, Nutmeg, tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus:

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a virus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide and is the causative agent of feline AIDS.  From 2.5% up to 4.4% of cats worldwide, and about 2.5% of cats in the USA,are infected with FIV. FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV), and is more closely related to human immunodeficiency virus HIV... FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years (you can read more about it here).

There is a lot of discussion and controversy about adopting cats out with FIV, but they can be adopted into homes if they are the only cat. As fate would have it, a very nice young lady came into the adoption center and fell in love with Nutmeg. She just got her own place, and has been waiting for the right time to adopt a cat; Nutmeg fit the bill perfectly, and went home a few days ago ♥



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