FIV can be divided into three stages:
1) Acute infection/stage (3-6 months):Usually very mild symptoms of recurrent fever, anorexia, lethargy and lymphadenopathy.
2) Subclinical infection/stage (months to years):Usually no clinical signs shown in infected cats, but the disease is progressing.
3) Chronic clinical infection/stage (months to years):
The clinical signs and symptoms are;
The best way to prevent this disease is by avoiding having your cat come into contact with wild and feral cats, and sufficiently making sure your cat’s immune system is in tip top shape.
Some ways to get your cat’s immune system functioning sufficiently (and by keeping it that way) are;
This is a progressive disease, and the average (so far recorded) lifespan from diagnosis to death is about 5 years. As mentioned, the best preventive it to limit or avoid contact with wild feral and free-roaming cats, and to test all new additions to the cat’s household. FIV has not been found to grow in human cells, so it is not contagious or infectious to humans.
Always consult your vet prior to starting any new diet/supplement regimen, especially if your cat is on medications.
Lucy is an avid pet mom; with dogs, cats, goats and horses to keep her busy! All of her pet 'kids' are fed a species appropriate diet with proper supplementation so she can watch them thrive. Her expertise and experience lie in nutraceutical supplementation and is a health advocate for proper diet and nutrition. Her other passions in life are schutzhund and equestrian riding.