Last thursday, aku ambik my dearest kucing from the clinic. Sob sob...
Boolat kena virus yang menyebabkan dia ada leukimia and AIDS for feline.
So sad.... he's dying actually. Aku cuma leh beri dia makan ubat supaya bertahan. Itu sahaja....
Kat bawah ni a bit about FIV. So sesapa yang nak bela kucing yang ada penyakit nih, mungkin akan tau serba sikit ttg penyakit nih. TQ
What is Feline AIDS?
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, most commonly called “Feline AIDS,” is viral infection that affects the immune system of cats. It is similar to the AIDS virus that affects human beings, but it is NOT contagious to human beings.
A cat that has FIV is not able to fight off other diseases. Though most cats will eventually die of secondary illnesses, having FIV doesn’t necessarily mean that your cat is going to die right away. Many cats with Feline AIDS live quite a long time before they become ill. You’ll often see cats with FIV living in veterinarian offices or in the front office of the animal shelter.
How does Feline AIDS spread?
Feline AIDS can spread through saliva and blood, as well as mother’s milk. It can be spread from cats eating from the same bowl or from sexual contact, and it can be spread from a mother cat to her young, though these are not the way the virus is most frequently spread. The most common way that FIV is spread is from un-neutered male cats that fight for territory and receive deep cut wounds.
It is estimated that from one to 14% of the cat population has FIV, with the highest numbers being unaltered, free-roaming males. With these males also breeding and possibly spreading the disease further, and infected mothers nursing feral kittens, the numbers are sure to rise.
How is FIV diagnosed?
The only way to know if your cat has FIV is through a blood test. Your cat may not show any outward symptoms of having Feline AIDS. Symptoms of secondary problems like anemia, ongoing infections, or seizures might lead your veterinarian to do a blood test to see if your cat is FIV positive. It is a good idea to go ahead and have your kitten tested after about 6 months old. It is important to know that kittens may test false positive for FIV up to about 6 months old because they are carrying the antibodies from their mother.
How is Feline AIDS treated?
There is no cure for FIV. There are treatments that can help support the immune system and/or slow down the progression of the disease, but sometimes the side effects aren’t worth the risks. Many cats will go untreated until their secondary illnesses need treatment.
FIV Vaccinations and Other Prevention Methods
There is now an FIV vaccine is that will keep your cat from contracting Feline AIDS. You should know, however, that once your cat has received the vaccine, he could test false positive on future tests for FIV. Your cat will carry antibodies that will show up on the tests. For this reason, many breeders will void your health guarantee if you give your cat this vaccine because it will be difficult to tell whether your cat actually has FIV or not.
If you choose not to give the FIV vaccine, keeping your cat indoors and keeping her away from cats that do go outside is the best way to keep your cat from getting exposed to the virus. Also, getting your cats spayed or neutered so they are less likely to fight is a good idea.
Precautions Around Cats with Feline AIDS
Cats with FIV should be isolated from other cats. They should never eat or drink out of the same bowls or share bedding and toys. Even newborn kittens should be removed from a FIV-infected mother cat. Any other household cats that came into contact with an FIV positive cat should be tested once and re-tested 3 months later to insure that they are not infected.
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