Does your cat get into fights? If so, they could pick up more than just injuries - they are in danger of contracting FIV.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system of cats. A bite from an FIV-infected cat transmits the virus through its saliva into an unprotected cat. Male cats with access to the outdoors are most at risk because they are more likely to get into fights. Most cats will stay healthy for some time until their immune system starts failing. They will suffer from recurrent infections and will eventually die or are humanely euthanased due to the severity of their secondary infections.
Australia has one of the highest FIV infection rates in the world with 16% of cats in Queensland testing POSITIVE.
There is no cure for FIV, but prevention is available. Keeping cats indoors to prevent exposure to other cats is the best prevention. However, there is also a vaccine available. It is best to start the vaccination course right from the start. We can vaccinate against FIV at the same time as the routine kitten vaccination course.
If your cat is an adult, they need to have an FIV test performed prior to the commencement of the FIV vaccination course.
When starting an FIV vaccination course, cats and kittens require a FIV vaccination every 2-4 weeks for a total of 3 injections. A yearly FIV booster is required.
The Albert Animal Hospital offers an "FIV Program" Package. Your cat will receive the following:
• A Complete Health Check
• An FIV Test
• A Microchip implanted
• An initial course of 3 x FIV Vaccinations
• An "I'm FIV Vaccinated" collar
All of this bundled together at a reduced cost.
If your cat tests POSITIVE for FIV, a treatment plan will be discussed.
If your cat has outdoor access - they could be at risk! Don't delay, book your cat in for the FIV program today.