For my twenty first anniversary my husband didn’t take me to Niagra Falls as planned or buy me a diamond ring but he did give me two AIDS (FIV) Kitties. Well let me explain. It wasn’t as if he set out to do this.
My husband who happens to be a truckdriver pulled into a delivery one day. He noticed a Feral Mother cat and kittens by the loading docks living in a commercial air conditioner. He tried to capture them all for fear they’d eventually be killed by a tractor trailer backing in one day. He managed to catch two sisters. He drove around with them in the cab of his truck all day and when he returned home he snuck these little girls inside past our yellow lab and three sons. He called me into the bathroom to see his great find of the day. He then announced that we weren’t keeping them. However, we took them to the vet, used the money we had intended to use for Niagra Falls had them spayed, given their shots and they still remain in our home till this day.
Interestingly, they look like the healthiest cats of our brood. We now have five altogether. And I’ll never forget my 21st Anniversary gift either! These kitties have the shiniest soft gray hair and they appear to be wearing a white vest and boots. They know their names and they always run to Daddy when they hear the word, “Treat!” We keep them up to date on all their shots and make sure they remain inside at all times as not to chance infecting another cat or picking up any illnesses themselves.
FIV is not contagious to humans or dogs for that matter. FIV is also typically NOT fatal for cats and they can live happy lives for many years. According to North American veterinary statistics, one in twelve cats test positive for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). For the safety of your FIV kitty make sure they remain indoors as you want to protect them from acquiring any other illness. Typically it isn’t the FIV that will kill the kitty but a secondary illness that they can contract from having a lower immune system due to the FIV. However, these pretty kitties can live in relatively good health with FIV for as long as ten years or more before entering the terminal stage of their illness.
So now that you know some facts don’t be scared to give an FIV kitty a home as they may become the love of your life one day! Happy Anniversary Honey……
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