Q. If you have a kitty that has FIV, how long does the virus survive in the environment/house and you need to keep your other kitties away from that are
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. The most common way for the virus to be transmitted from one cat to another is via a cat bite, where saliva cottoning the virus is inoculated under the skin of another cat. The virus does not survive long in the environment and is readily killed by common disinfectants. Rarely, the virus may also be spread by non-aggressive contact between cats (eg, mutual grooming), from a pregnant queen to her kittens; and it can also be spread through blood transfusions.