Fiv

FeLV and FIV Testing: Important

Among all causes of lethal feline disease, none should be taken more seriously by cat owners than those caused by two specific submicroscopic organisms: feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Although these viruses are somewhat different in appearance and in the manner in which they exact their toll on feline health, infection with either one of them, if undetected, is capable of causing a cats premature death. All Too Common. To make matters worse, FeLV and FIV infections are by no means rare. Recent estimates indicate that two percent to four percent of the 83 million or so cats in the U.S. harbor one or both of these two viruses.

Short Takes: 09/09

Governor Linda Lingle, accompanied by State Civil Defense Director, Major General Robert Lee, highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness by showcasing Hawaiis ongoing emergency shelter programs for people with special health needs and pet-friendly shelters. State Civil Defense, working with the State Department of Education, county civil defense agencies, American Red Cross, Department of Health, Hawaiian Humane Society and other public and private sector partners, has designated 158 facilities statewide that may serve as Special Health Needs shelters, and another 55 facilities that may be used as Pet-Friendly shelters. These shelters are located in separate rooms or buildings on public school campuses where general population emergency shelters are also located.

Testing for FIV and FeLV

Among all causes of lethal feline disease, none should be taken more seriously by cat owners than those caused by two specific submicroscopic organisms: feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Although these viruses are somewhat different in appearance and in the manner in which they exact their toll on feline health, infection with either one of them, if undetected, is capable of causing a cats premature death. To make matters worse, FeLV and FIV infections are by no means rare. Recent estimates indicate that two percent to four percent of the 83 million or so cats in the U.S. harbor one or both of these two viruses.

An FIV Primer

Its a major health risk for the outdoor cat, so owners need to have their cats tested for feline immunodeficiency virus.

Has Your Cats Behavior Changed?

Losing weight and sleeping more than usual can be subtle signs of illness.

Caring for the Cat With Chronic Illness

Would you be able to provide at-home care for your cat? Here’s what to consider.

Ask Dr. Richards: 02/04

Question: About two weeks ago our 17-year-old cat, Goldie, went blind (at least thats when we first noticed her bumping into things). Our veterinarian...

On the Lookout for FIV

Owners are urged to have their cats tested for feline immunodeficiency virus.

Ask Dr. Richards: 01/02

Question:  A cat infected with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) bit me recently. Can FIV infect people, or should I limit my worrying to all...

Ask Dr. Richards: 09/02

Question: I understand that there is now a vaccine for FIV. I do my best to keep my cats indoors, but sometimes one of...