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Quiet laid back boy with a professors demeanor that demonstrates intelligence and alertness. He has the deep gray of the Russian Blue breed with those magic eyes. But he is on the special needs list. Why? He tested a light positive for FIV. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) should NOT be confused with FeLV (Feline Leukaemia) - they are two very different viruses. They are often mentioned together due to the 'snap' tests carried out by vets, but they differ greatly in how they affect a cat, and it's expected lifespan. FeLV is a serious risk to a cat's health and longevity, whereas FIV is not. To find out about FeLV, visit: Feline Leukaemia (FeLV)
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) has been associated with cats for many years, although it was only labelled as such as recently as 1986. The virus depletes the number of white blood cells, which eventually makes the cat less able to fight off infection. However, because it is such a slow acting virus many FIV positive cats can enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health problems resulting from the virus. FIV is species specific. It can only be transmitted from cat to cat, not to humans or other animals.
FIV belongs to the same group as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and for this reason has received much greater attention than it would otherwise have done. The mere mention of FIV, and the fact that it is sometimes inaccurately known as 'Feline Aids', strikes unnecessary terror into the heart of many cat-owners, so it is worth taking time to consider the facts dispassionately. Firstly, the viral strains used in laboratories on experimental cats were very virulent, and much previously published information is based on this. However, FIV strains in cats living normal lives tend to be much more benign, and may never cause disease.
Thank you for your interest in a Catsnap cat or kitten! If you would like to meet a cat, please complete the online application located on our website catsnap.org. We do not have a walk-in facility; most of our cats are in foster homes. For this reason, we require an approved application on file before we set up a meet and greet. Completing an online application does not obligate you to adopt! We care deeply about our cats and want the best match for all involved.
Vaccination against Panleukopenia (Distemper), Rhinotracheitis, and Calicivirus [cats]
Vaccination against Rabies (if animal is over 4 months of age)
Testing for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) [cats]
Initial de-worming, flea, and ear mite treatment
Sterilization of the animal prior to adoption; no exceptions Micro-chipping as mandated by state law
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