Over the years my husband have taken in 6 FIV, feline immunodeficiency cats. All of them showed no signs of the illness as this virus is known to lie dormant for a long time.
We were told that some cats are carriers of the virus and may never become ill, other cats may get sick starting at age five. That it all depended on the lifestyle of the cat. A cat with no stress may never get sick.
|Photo of Sam diagnosed with FIV in 2008 he is a survivor|
Out of the six FIV cats that we have cared for, three of them needed euthanasia due to cancer diagnosis. They were age 6, 13 and 14. These three cats were abandoned adult cats that I had rescued and all had a happy and stress free life with us for several years before becoming ill.
Then three days ago FIV took the life of another cat and even though we knew that the cats would not live a full life we are still sad because all of the cats were taken so quickly and our hearts are broken.
View this video to learn more about Feline Immunodeficiency virus (FIV)