Q. I have a cat with that virur (aids) could u tell me about her disposition and care
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS
A. Thanks for your question.
Unfortunately the discussion about what you asked has no straightforward answers and can be quite complex.
First thing that I would double check, considering that your cat is very young, is whether she is really infected. It is important to remember that kittens born to FIV-infected queens will receive antibodies from the queen via the milk, and so will test positive early in life though they may not be infected. Kittens with a positive test result should always be retested when they are 5-6 months of age.
Many FIV infected cats are able to live happily with the virus for a long period of time, and indeed the virus will not necessarily ever cause clinical disease.
Different factors will influence the onset of disease in your cat including:
- The ''subtype'' of FIV your cat is infected with,
- Her immune response
- The presence or absence of other infectious agents.
To maintain a good quality of life for your cat, I will give you these general guidelines, but you will then find certainly helpful to speak with your veterinarian for specific cases.
- Some antiviral medications used in human patients with HIV infection have also been shown to help some cats with FIV infection. Interferons may have anti-viral effects and modify immune responses. A recombinant feline interferon (feline interferon omega) is available in some countries. Down side is the cost usually.
- Keep your cat away from other cats and possible source of infections;
- Maintain good quality nutrition;
- Keep your cat indoor if possible regularly checked by your veterinarian;
- Keep your cat away from non-infected cats.