Very interesting information on FIV+ cats!! See below.
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This is Bruno (Mr. Chumley's brother) and he has found his forever home! Every adoption is exciting, but Bruno's story has a particularly heartwarming twist. You see, due to living on the streets and getting cat bites from infected cats, Bruno is FIV+. Here's an explanation written by @jennifercalexander and @chaunceysk for CatNap's newsletter: "Bruno is FIV+ and so he will need to be an indoor-only cat. Don’t let the letters FIV scare you—it’s an autoimmune condition; FIV is not (in and of itself) lethal. It just means that his immune system isn’t as strong as a cat without FIV. Most FIV+ cats live long normal lives, whether it’s as the only cat in the household or with other (FIV-) cats. Transmission can only be spread to cats—not humans or other animals—it is not easy to transmit. A very bad bite from another cat is required, a VERY bad bite. Studies indicate that it isn’t transmitted by sharing bowls, water, litter, or grooming another cat. There are thousands of FIV+ cats that live full, long lives with FIV- cats. If you have heard of internet sensations Cole and Marmalade, then you have seen an FIV+ cat living with a FIV- cat!
Up until recently, FIV+ kitties have been deemed "unadoptable" because of a discriminatory fear of the condition. Sadly these kitties are usually euthanized right away because of the incorrect stigma that is behind the letters FIV. CatNap is among the rescues that are trying to help break the stigma surrounding FIV, in the hopes that lives can start to be saved. We need people to open their hearts, homes, and minds so the fear and stigma will end—and kitties’ lives will be saved. The website www.fivcats.com is a great resource if you would like to learn more." 😇 I am so grateful to the family who opened their hearts and home to Bruno. #stigma #FIV #changingminds #changinglives by the way, if you are interested in receiving CatNap's newsletter, you can sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/CatnapNewsletter