FIV Cats Deserve to Live

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I am appealing to the government and the local pounds and or rescue organisations to consider not euthanizing cats and or kittens diagnosed with FIV. FIV is not a death sentence. It has been proven that felines diagnosed with this condition, can still live a healthy and long life with the appropriate human and veterinary care.

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects cats worldwide, with 2.5% to 4.4%[1][2] of being infected. FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV), and is more closely related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Within FIV, five subtypes have been identified based on nucleotide sequence differences coding for the viral envelope (env) or polymerase (pol). FIV is the only non-primate lentivirus to cause an AIDS-like syndrome, but FIV is not typically fatal for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years. A vaccine is available, although its efficacy remains uncertain. Cats will test positive for FIV antibodies after vaccination.

Cats that have been vaccinated with the FIV vaccine will test positive for FIV. Which means that not all cats that test positive for FIV actually have it. RSPCA, a lot of pounds and rescues test all incoming cats and kittens for FIV. If they test positive they are unfortunately euthanised. All cats deserve a long life. Please share and sign.