FIV+ cats need loving homes too

Blindness in cats can be brought on by a number of illness and conditions.
 
While poor eyesight can be temporary,  blindness often remains even once the condition has been cured.
 
One incurable condition that can bring on permanent blindness is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). 
 
While it is thought to infect around four per cent of cats in the UK, it is important to remember that FIV cannot be passed on to humans.
 
April is a good example of a cat with FIV. Soon after she arrived at the National Cat Adoption Centre a routine blood test showed April to be FIV+.

While this is a perfectly manageable condition in most cats, being FIV+ has made April go blind, so she needs to be an indoor cat for her own safety. Thankfully, she find her new home to suit her needs. 
  
Let us share a little detail about FIV. 
 
The virus is delicate and easily killed by disinfectants, therefore simple precautions and routine cleaning procedures will prevent transmission of the virus in an environment where cats are housed separately. 
 
However, if accommodation is available well away from other cats it may reduce the risk of your cat catching a secondary infection. 
 
The virus is present in the blood, saliva and body fluids of infected cats. But, it is very delicate and unable to survive for long outside of the cat, so it cannot be transferred to other cats from your hands or clothes.

Cats primarily pick up the virus via bite wounds or through mating.
 
Vets treat each FIV+ cat depending on the signs they develop. But by keeping infected cats indoors, eating a good diet and ensuring they are vaccinated and regularly treated against fleas and worms can minimise the effects of the condition and protect from secondary infections.
 
It is worth noting that most catteries take FIV+ cats, as long as they are not showing other signs of infectious disease.

If you think you could give a place in your home and heart to a cat in our care, please get in touch to arrange a visit.