This guy is friendly but very scared so far, but he is gradually getting friendlier and likes to be patted and cuddled, at least briefly. He is getting more confident, and starting to meet the other kitties in the room. He is desperately looking for love, alternating with a little fear.
Giovanni needs a quiet home with patient people, and a few safe hidey-holes for awhile. As soon as you gain his trust, he will reward you with purrs and snuggles. He would be a great companion for another FIV-positive kitty who might be looking for a friend. We prefer to have these cats go to homes either with no other cats, or with other FIV-positive cats already in residence. Come and meet this good-looking dude soon.
1. The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.
2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.
3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.
4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.
5. 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, unneutered tomcats.)
6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.
7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.
8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise.
To learn more about FIV visit http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/cat-care-feline-immunodeficiency-virus.html and
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