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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

FIV Overview


Mean Age and Range

Predominant Sex

Signs/Observed Changes in the Pet


Risk Factors

Health Care





Follow-Up Care
Patient Monitoring

Preventions and Avoidance

  • Prevent contact with feline immunodeficiency virus–positive cats
  • Quarantine and test incoming cats for FIV before introducing into households currently with one or more cats
  • Vaccine
  • Inactivated whole virus vaccine (Fel-O-Vax FIV, Fort Dodge Animal Health)
  • Cannot distinguish between vaccinated and FIV-infected cats with antibody assays; virus detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is inconsistent—makes diagnosis of disease difficult; newly developed ELISA testing may be useful in determining true FIV infection status
  • Discuss the use of the vaccine with your cat's veterinarian

Possible Complications

Expected Course and Prognosis

Key Points

  • The Pet Health Library contains information on some of the most common medical problems of dogs and cats. This information is designed to assist pet owners in better understanding their pets' health problems.
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  • In the United States, there are millions more owned cats than owned dogs, yet cats visit veterinarians less frequently than dogs. A major reason is that it is very stressful to take cats to the veterinary practice and often owners believe their cat doesn't need routine check-ups for wellness and preventive care. The Cat Friendly Practice® (CFP) program, created by expert feline practitioners, provides a solution to this trend and provides an opportunity for veterinary practices to elevate care for cats and reduce the stress during the visit.

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