(The information below should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a veterinary professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about FIV, contact your veterinarian.)
Due to a lack of understanding, rescues find it more difficult to place FIV+ cats into homes. This is a fact.
Now that you have the scoop on FIV, please consider adopting a FIV+ cat (or two so that they can keep each other company!)
Yes, these cats are not the "perfect" cuddly kittens. Most of the FIV+ cats that Stray Cat Blues rescues have lived very hard lives on the streets. These cats are TRULY grateful for a soft bed and regular meals. We cannot guarantee that your FIV+ cat will live to be 15, nor can we guarantee that the young kitten you adopt will live to be a year. Young kittens have no better chance of reaching their teens than an FIV+ cat. But we do know that your FIV+ cat will be a loving companion. These cats deserve homes, with families that love them.
Stray Cat Blues tests all cats in our care for FIV. Any cats that are FIV+ have been identified as such in their listings on Petfinder.com and Adoptapet.com. Stray Cat Blues generally recommends that FIV+ cats be adopted into homes either as only cats or with other FIV+ cats; however, on occasion we have had adopters select FIV+ cats to be companions to their non-FIV cats at home. The FIV+ cats they select are carefully screened as to their compatibility with other cats. Many FIV+ cats are gregarious, loving companions not only to their adopters, but also to other cats already living in the household. FIV is not spread by casual contact, mutual grooming or sharing litterboxes, food or water bowls. The primary method of transmission is when an infected cat bites another cat. Saliva from the infected cat gets into the bloodstream of the uninfected cat thereby spreading FIV.
As an added incentive to adopt a FIV+ cat, Stray Cat Blues charges no adoption fee for these cats. You would still need to be approved as an adopter through our regular approval process, however.
If you adopt a FIV+ cat,
Pawlina was found on a farm where not only was she not fed, but she was also pregnant. When Pawlina was spayed, it was found that she is FIV positive.
Pawlina is a SWEET KITTY! She never lets me forget her at mealtime, and when I am feeding her, she makes sure I also pet her. She loves to be petted. She arches her little back.
Pawlina would love to be adopted with another FIV kitty for company, but can also be adopted separately.
Pawlinas estimated date of birth is 5/2008.Click here to go to my Petfinder listing!
Chaos is one of the sweetest guys around. He lived as a stray cat and begged for food for over a year before he was rescued. His habit of meowing loudly outside the neighbors sliding doors in his search for food resulted in his foster mom naming him Chaos since he would drive all the neighbors cats and dogs inside the houses crazy. That, however, did not bother Chaos. He simply longed to be inside with everyone else and have enough food in his belly.
Chaos is outgoing and extremely affectionate. A big baby who adores being the center of attention.Click here to go to my Petfinder listing!
Can you guess how Chaplin ended up with his name? He was rescued from a park in Hatfield where a local woman threatened to trap and take Chaplin and his cat friends to the SPCA. Fortunately, a Stray Cat Blues volunteer was contacted and got the whole colony of cats fixed and in suitable homes. Chaplin is the last one to get his chance.
Chaplin is neutered, litterbox trained, and vaccinated, but has tested positive for FIV. He is otherwise healthy, has been bathed and is microchipped. Chaplin LOVES cat friendly dogs. Please consider giving him the home he has been waiting so long for and deserves.Click here to go to my Petfinder listing!
Mars happened to show up as a stray on the property of a Stray Cat Blues volunteer, so it was not too long before he was caught and taken to the vet for altering. Unfortunately, he tested positive for FIV. Otherwise, he has thrived after rescue and has become a big gentle boy. Mars is neutered, up-to-date with his vaccinations and has been microchipped. He is approximately 3 years old. He loves other cats and would also love a home of his own.Click here to go to my Petfinder listing!
Polo was trapped behind a shopping center in Limerick by a Stray Cat Blues volunteer. He came into rescue because the management would not allow anyone to feed the cats after they were fixed. He has been altered, vaccinated, and microchipped; unfortunately he has tested positive for FIV, but is the picture of good health.
Polo was quite feral in the beginning but quickly turned around after deciding his foster mom was not so bad. Now he follows her all around while she is cleaning his cage; he can be picked up and hugged and allows his nails to be trimmed. What a good boy - just give him a chance!Click here to go to my Petfinder listing!
Travis was a stray in the city. When he was rescued he was dirty, smelly, and showed evidence of a hard life on the streets.
Now Travis is in a Stray Cat Blues foster home and has the chance to find a real home. He has been fully vetted, neutered, vaccinated. He is litterbox trained and estimated to be about 4 years old.
Travis is a big, solid boy. He friendly and a little feisty! Can Travis come home with you?Click here to go to my Petfinder listing!
Cornell Feline Health
Wikipedia Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Best Friends Animal Society - FIV: Catching a Bad Case of the Rumors FIV Fact Sheet
The following are actual comments from people just like you who have adopted FIV+ cats from Stray Cat Blues -
CLANCEY was roaming the streets of Schwenksville when a family took pity on him and brought him in from the cold January weather. They fell in love with him but their resident cat really resented the feline intrusion. So they contacted Stray Cat Blues for help.
Clancey's adopter -
"Clancey seems quite happy, especially by the window seat I have in the room that he can sit and bask in the sun, or watch the hummingbirds fly by." - Brian
Clancey and his owner recently moved to San Francisco, and Clancey is doing great!
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JIMMI-BETH AND JORGE
JIMMI-BETH was a stray that followed people around the neighborhood. People in the neighborhood wanted her to have a real home with the cold weather approaching. JORGE was a thin stray when he was trapped. He had a flea collar on, so must have once been someone's pet who was either lost or abandoned.
Jimmi-Beth and Jorge's adopter -
"We've had Jimmi-Beth and Jorge (George) for well over a year now and love them both dearly. They have become such a wonderful part of our family. Their FIV status is hardly noticed as they are extremely healthy and happy cats." - Patty
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QUINCY AND KIT CARSON
KIT CARSON was living outside a development and the people would have liked to bring him in, but he turned out to be FIV positive, and they were too scared to have him mix with their cats. :-( Kit could get along with anyone. QUINCY was pulled from the SPCA by another rescue group. They asked Stray Cat Blues to take him when he tested FIV+ because none of their foster homes were willing to take him in. When he came to Stray Cat Blues he was promptly adopted!
Quincy and KitCarson's adopter -
"Thank you so much for taking the time to get the word out about FIV+ cats. I have had wonderful luck with mine, all but one, living long happy lives. I have 5 FIV+'s. All but one came from SCBI (Stray Cat Blues Inc.)." - Kat
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The vet at an area SPCA contacted Stray Cat Blues asking us to take TAPESTRY. He said that she was way too nice to euthanize. (The SPCAs have very little luck placing cats known to be FIV+. In shelters, FIV+ cats are routinely euthanized.)
Tapestry's adopter -
"The FIV cat I adopted was a sweet little girl. Sadly I had to put her to sleep a few months ago. Sorry I can't give you a happy story." - Veronica
We won't kid you. Not all FIV+ cats are going to live into their teens. While not a long story, Tapestry did have a "happy" story - She was adopted into a home where she was safe and loved.
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Murphy was a stray cat running around the Hilltown Shopping Center when he was rescued.
Murphy's adopter -
"I adore Murphy... he is very gentle and very loving. He gets along well with my other cats, which include a new litter of kittens. He is a pleasure." - Melissa
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Sadly, ELLIE is no longer with us. Ellie was rescued in 2002 from an abandoned farm when she was approximately 5-6 years old. She was a gentle loving cat who loved attention and being held. Ellie's adopter, Diana, has since continued to adopt other FIV+ cats.
Ellie's adopter -
"I have adopted 5 FIV+ kitties (3 are still with me, Jaspurr after 8 years) (I am also fostering 3 non-FIV+ kitties and all 6 live together freely, although I took a long time introducing them.) With Homer, my first FIV+ kitty, after the unexpected test results, the vet initially recommended euthanizing him, which was the standard reco in January 2000; the vet had no prior experience with FIV+ cats. Now the veterinary practice has 35+ FIV+ patients, so we have been learning together." Diana
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BAHATI was born on a dairy farm in Barto. While conducting a Trap Neuter Return project at the farm, Bahati was taken to the vet, and it was determined that she had been stepped on by a cow! She had a collapsed lung, broken ribs and a severely fractured leg. We considered euthanizing her. However, her injuries were all fixable, and she was so sweet and she was a survivor.
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