Finn tested positive for FIV which means he has a compromised immune system. This is an incurable viral infection that can weaken a cat’s immune system over time if they are not properly cared for.
Please don't let his condition scare you away - FIV kitties can lead long, normal and healthy lives simply by being kept indoors only, receiving good nutrition and care, and getting annual veterinarian check-ups – all things that every cat should receive. FIV is difficult to transfer to other cats and the primary transmission route is through a deep bite wound. It is not an airborne disease nor is it contagious through shared food dishes, litter boxes or grooming. You can learn more about the FIV virus by going to www. http://fivcats.com/.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT FIV
(Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
•FIV is a slowly progressive virus that gradually affects a cat's immune system. It is mainly passed through serious penetrating bite wounds from an FIV infected cat to a non-infected cat ... which usually occurs outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes....the perfect reason to keep your cat inside.
•FIV cats can live long, healthy, and normal lives with relatively no symptoms.
•FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water/food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a FIV-positive mother to her kittens.
•FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans, dogs or any other non-feline pet.
•FIV is diagnosed by a blood test. Since there is no specific treatment for FIV, pet owners should focus on keeping their positive cat(s) as healthy as possible.
•Here are a few tips: Stay current on vaccinations * Feed a high quality diet * Seek treatment at the first sign of illnesses such as respiratory, urinary tract, gum/dental, or skin irritations * Keep them in a stress free, indoor environment.
•The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, un-neutered tomcats.)If you have any questions or would like to meet this pet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the rescue and adoption process can also be found at stlpetrescue.com along with a full listing of our adoptable pets.
Our adoption fees:
Cats range from $75 to $150
Dogs range from $200 to $300
This fee includes: felv/fiv/heartworm testing, worming, flea and ear mite treatments, age appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and microchip with free registration.
The adoption process includes an interview, application, adoption contract, which includes a return obligation if adopter is needing to rehome pet. The adoption process may include a home visit.
St. Louis Pet Rescue adopts to the St. Louis Metropolitan area.