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Feline Foamy Virus: What Is It and Why Does It Cause Arthritis in FIV Cats?

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What Is Feline Foamy Virus (FeFV)? Feline foamy virus (FeFV) is a retrovirus, just like FIV, that infects cats; oftentimes, without causing any signs of illness. However, some strains of the virus are known to cause lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that defend the body from harmful foreign matter, to burst and therefore, weaken […]

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How to Deal with Feline Stomatitis in FIV Cats

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What’s Feline Stomatitis? Feline stomatitis is a severe and painful disease that causes a cat’s gums and mouth to become inflamed and excruciatingly painful. In most cases, it also triggers the formation of sores in various structures inside or outside the mouth, including the lips, tongue, gums, and the back of the throat. While there’s […]

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How to Build the Perfect Outdoor Enclosure (And Why Your Indoor-Only FIV Cat Needs You To)

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Does My FIV Cat Really Need An Outdoor Enclosure? If there’s one thing that FIV cat owners hear all the time, it’s that it’s best if they keep their FIV cat indoors—and it’s true. Not only does it prevent the spread of FIV, but it also keeps immunocompromised FIV cats from becoming exposed to diseases […]

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5 Supplements That Will Boost Your FIV Cat’s Immune System

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5 Supplements For FIV Cats As a pet parent to an FIV cat, you’ve probably heard your veterinarian (and a dozen other sources) say that a healthy diet, close monitoring, and regular vet visits are essential to your feline friend’s overall health more times than you can count. But as much as you may think […]

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8 Ways to Protect Your FIV Cat from Opportunistic Infections

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How to Protect Your FIV Cat from Opportunistic Infections Most FIV cats are capable of living normal, healthy lives for years. However, since their immune function isn’t as strong as it was during their pre-FIV days, a few preventative measures will need to be put in place to make sure they stay in good condition. […]

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How to Make Your FIV Cat Feel More Comfortable

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How to Make Your FIV Cat Feel More Comfortable If you’re an experienced FIV cat owner, then you’re probably familiar with the three stages of FIV and the health issues involved with each one. Since FIV attacks the immune system, it doesn’t have a specific set of symptoms. Instead, it makes an FIV cat vulnerable […]

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The Most Common Skin Infections in FIV Cats

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The Most Common Skin Infections in FIV Cats The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, better known as FIV, is a virus that attacks the white blood cells of infected cats, weakening their body’s defense system and making them more vulnerable to diseases and infections. However, FIV is a slow-acting virus and it takes several months, even years, […]

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FIV-Positive Cats Could Be the Key to Curing HIV

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FIV-Positive Cats Could Be the Key to Curing HIV The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus was discovered by a person named Niels Pederson, together with Davis and Yanet Yamamoto way back in 1986 in a study in a cattery in California. Everything started with a woman who was taking in strays and housing them together in large […]

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FIV: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

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FIV: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus was first discovered in the year 1986 when stray cats living together in a cattery in Northern California started showing symptoms of immunodeficiency. Since the only virus known to weaken the immune function at that time was the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), all cats […]

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5 Reasons Why FIV Isn’t a Death Sentence for Cats

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5 Reasons Why FIV Isn’t a Death Sentence for Cats Reason # 1: FIV Isn’t a Deadly Disease Hearing that a cat has the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus can be frightening, especially if you don’t know a lot about it. The fact that it’s a virus in the same classification as the notoriously famous Human Immunodeficiency […]

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