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post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 03-26-2006, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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Do you have an FIV-positive cat?

My sweet little Martin, whom I rescued and adopted in January, is FIV-positive. The news didn't surprise or upset me in the least. He'd spent the first 2 years of his life as a stray cat on the island of St. Martin, where FIV is rampant. I was very prepared for the news...really, I was expecting it.

I know that I have to keep Martin indoors and away from other cats. That won't be a problem.

What I worry about is his prognosis. I keep reading and hearing conflicting information. Some sources say that FIV isn't a threat at all if a cat is well-nourished and kept in good health; a cat can live a normal lifespan, with no effects of the virus. Other sources say that a cat has a life expectancy of about 3-5 years after becoming infected.

What's your own knowledge and experience? I'm madly in love with my new family addition and want to spend many years with him.

Lori F. is owned by:
Sadie, the four-legged dog
Martin, the three-legged cat
Paul, the two-legged husband
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