Adopting a FIV or FeLV cat, is it safe?

For the most part, these cats were unlucky enough to come across a cat that was a carrier and infected them. However, these cats do not deserve to be sidelined, but rather deserve to live despite their illness as it may never manifest itself.

If you don’;t have any other cats at home, you shouldn’t hesitate to adopt a cat with feline immunodeficiency. Only two things need to be taken into account:

1. The life expectancy of these cats may be shorter.
Cats carrying this disease can live for many years and can live without ever showing signs of this disease. However, when this disease manifests itself, cats are more likely to get sick. Thus, good nutrition and a good vaccination and deworming protocol will help keep them healthier.

2. These cats shouldn’t go outside.
It is your duty to adopt a responsible attitude towards the risks of this disease spreading to cats in your neighborhood as well as to protect your own cat from exposure to pathogens from outside.

Cats with feline immunodeficiency still have very good years ahead of them and would like to find a warm home to be pampered. They are all loveable and touching cats and they will be eternally grateful to you for giving them new life.


Writer: Vetachroniques – Veterynary student at Montréal (Canada)