Cats with FIV and FeLV

What is FIV?

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) stops a cat's body from producing a normal immune response. Infected cats are highly susceptible to secondary infections and illnesses. 

The FIV virus is usually passed through biting in fights. It can be spread through one bite, either from or inflicted upon, an FIV infected cat. Infected cats are a risk to healthy cats. 

What is FeLV?

Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) is an incurable viral infection that eventually produces fatal illness in infected cats. 

The virus is spread by infected cats through licking, biting, sharing food bowls and litter trays. Close contact is required and the virus is found in saliva, urine and other secretions of infected cats. 

Do you rehome cats with FIV or FeLV?

We do not rehome FIV and/or FeLV positive cats at LAA. If you are looking to rehome a positive tested cat or are concerned that a cat who needs a new home may be at risk of either FIV and/or FeLV there are other rescue organisations that may be able to assist or provide relevant advice or alternatively you can call your local veterinary practice.