Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is usually a fatal virus that weakens the immune system to the point that the affected cat cannot fight other infections. The disease is spread from cat to cat via bodily fluids, such as bite wounds and sexual contact. The virus usually dies within a few minutes outside the cat’s body. Pets Alive offers a combination FeLV / FIV test and FeLV vaccine. A FeLV test is recommended but not required before vaccination, since vaccination is not effective on FeLV-positive cats.
FIV vaccination does not provide a high degree of protection and causes the vaccinated cat to produce a positive result when tested for FIV. Accordingly, Pets Alive does not offer this vaccination. Testing is recommended every 6 months for cats who are outdoors and/or exposed to other cats of unknown exposure history.
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