FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a condition that was only discovered about 15 years ago. It is a slow progressing virus that gradually may affect a cat’s immune system. It cannot be spread to humans and is not easily passed between cats. For example, it cannot be spread in litter boxes, water or food bowls and when licking or playing. Rarely does a mother cat transmit this virus to her kittens. FIV can be spread through serious bite wounds or from a kitty with badly infected gums. A neutered cat is unlikely to be aggressive and spread the virus to to other cats. FIV positive cats are euthanized in many shelters, even some of those that are “no-kill.” At St. Francis our FIV cats who are placed for adoption mingle freely with the other shelter cats. We may recommend that this kitty be an “only child” if an adopter has concerns. FIV positive cats should be kept indoors and fed a high quality diet. If health problems arise, a Vet should be consulted immediately. We have placed several loving FIV positive adult cats in homes where they are treasured by their caretakers.