Hi there, I’m Enamel
My favorite thing to do is I am Enamel and I am a sassy princess.
What makes me special is I am so soft with pretty blue eyes. I love to get attention and cuddles.
I want my new owner to know I love playing with my brothers and sister. I play with toys and I love to check out new places.
When I am feeling playful I like to… I love to play with feathers and string. When it is time to rest I sleep Right now I sleep in a pile with my siblings and my momma. I also love to sleep on soft blankets.
I am good with[Cats, Kids] and I have no experience around [dogs]
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
In infected cats, feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) attacks the immune system, leaving the cat vulnerable to many other infections. Although cats infected with FIV may appear normal for years, they eventually suffer from this immune deficiency, which allows normally harmless bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi found in the everyday environment to potentially cause severe illnesses. In spite of this, recent studies suggest that cats with FIV commonly live normal life spans, as long as they are not also infected with feline leukemia virus.
How Is FIV Transmitted?
FIV is mainly passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, the kind that usually occur outdoors during aggressive fights and territorial disputes-the perfect reason to keep your cat inside.
Another, less common mode of transmission is from an FIV-infected mother cat to her kitten. FIV does not spread through sharing food bowls and litter boxes, social grooming, sneezing and other casual modes of contact.
Can a Person Catch FIV from a Cat?
Although FIV is similar to HIV (the human immunodeficiency virus) and causes a feline disease that is similar to AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) in humans, it is a highly species-specific virus that infects only felines. There is currently no evidence that FIV can infect or cause disease in humans.
How Is FIV Treated?
Unfortunately, there is no specific antiviral treatment for FIV. Cats can carry the virus for a long time before symptoms appear. Therefore, treatment focuses mainly on extending the asymptomatic period or, if symptoms have set in, on easing the secondary effects of the virus. Your veterinarian may prescribe some of the following treatments:
- Medication for secondary infections
- Healthy, palatable diet to encourage good nutrition
- Fluid and electrolyte replacement therapy
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Immune-enhancing drugs
- Parasite control
How Do I Care for My FIV-Infected Cat?
- Keep your cat indoors. This will protect him from contact with disease-causing agents to which he may be susceptible. By bringing your cat indoors, you’re also protecting the uninfected cats in your community.
- Watch for changes-even seemingly minor-in your cat’s health and behavior. Immediately report any health concerns to your vet.
- Bring your cat to your vet at least twice per year for a wellness checkup, blood count and urine analysis.
- Feed your cat a nutritionally balanced food-no raw food diets, please, as bacteria and parasites in uncooked meat and eggs can be dangerous to immunocompromised pets.
- Be sure your cat is spayed or neutered.
- While a non-geriatric FIV- cat should have an annual examination, the FIV+ cat should have a check-up twice a year. Annually, a full blood panel and urinalysis is prudent. Also, it is important to be vigilant of any changes in the FIV+ cat. Small changes that one might not think would be significant in an FIV- cat, should probably be thoroughly explored in an FIV+ cat. Any weight loss in particular should be addressed.