"Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide and is the causative agent of feline AIDS. Approximately 11% of cats worldwide, and about 2.5% of cats in the USA, are infected with FIV. FIV differs taxonomically from two other feline retroviruses, feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline foamy virus (FFV) and is more closely related to human immunodeficiency virus HIV. Within FIV, five subtypes have been identified based on amino acid sequence differences coding for the viral envelope. FIV is the only non-primate lentivirus to cause an AIDS-like syndrome, but FIV is not always a death sentence for cats, as they can live relatively healthily as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years. A vaccine is available although its efficacy remains uncertain, and cats will test positive for FIV antibodies after vaccination.
FIV was first discovered in 1986 in a colony of cats that had a high prevalence of opportunistic infections and degenerative conditions, and has since been identified as an endemic disease in domestic cat populations worldwide."
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How to Combat
10/31/2010: Sylvia from Cincinnati, Oh: "Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus can be fatal for cats, but not always. There is a very helpful book -- Feline Aids by Tom Hapka -- that instructs the pet owner about ways to combat this disease, keep your FIV cat healthy, and save the life of a cat near death. I have tried different vets for 2 months for my FIV cat, and this is the first real help I have found."
04/14/2007: Valerie from Wirral, Merseyside: "I would like to know what dosage, ie. concentration of H202 in water to give my cats both of which have FIV (an immunodeficient disease similar to HIV in humans) but are well at the moment."Replies
03/27/2010: Astralclean from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Just wondering if you ever got an answer to this? I was told 1oz to 1 gallon, but some say 1oz to 1 quart, but seemed way too much to me. My cat is on h202 therapy now-testing through kinesiology. Will rest and then start with the essiac tea/formulas from this site.
Raw Fish and Chicken
[YEA] 03/07/2009: Penny from Jackson, Mi: "I owned a cat that contracted feline aids...yes aids...didn't know they could get it. The vet gave it about a month to live...My holistic Chiropractor said "Take it off all comercial food and feed it raw fish and raw chicken." So figured it would hurt. It about broke me but he lived another 8 mo with the best coat ever...every couple of weeks I'd take it to the vet to get weighed, they were amazed at how well he did for so long..."Replies
03/08/2009: Deirdre from Atlanta, GA replies: "Back in the 1980s, my mother had 2 cats (Birmans), age 2, that were also diagnosed with this virus and given very little time to live. I don't think she did anything special for them (will have to ask her again though) and they ended up living until 12 years old. I remember that they were diagnosed shortly after receiving vaccinations. "
03/16/2009: Kitty from Christiansted, VI replies: "A quote from Long Beach Animal Hospital (lbah.com): "[FIV positive] cats are also susceptible to food borne bacterial and parasitic diseases due to their immunosuppression, so do not feed them raw or unpasteurized foods."
The raw fish and chicken diet (suggested by the original poster above) would be high in Omega 3s, which is recommended for treatment in other sources on the internet. What would be an alternative?"
03/15/2012: Cynthia from Joppa, Md, Usa replies: "I disagree with the suggestion to not feed any raw foods. FIV cats do have a suppressed immune system, however, all cats have a naturally acidic digestive tract. This is what usually prevents them from contracting bacterial illnesses. Think of how many diseases and internal parasites both birds and mice carry yet this is standard prey food for feral cats. A meat-based protein, raw diet for both cats and dogs is as close to a "natural" diet as they can get. It is the processed foods filled with grains, by-products, artificial ingredients and fillers that cause the most harm to these animals. No matter how "natural" or healthy a food claims to be, it is still processed and needs something added to retain its shelf life. When was the last time that you saw a cat hunting a stalk of wheat or barley to eat?"
[NAY] 04/06/2012: Barbara from Venice, California replies: "Raw foods are terribly dangerous for FIV cats! Whatever you describe as natural is "once natural" and domesticated felines have evolved systems. In nature, FIV cats would simply die off early. They CANNOT combat bacteria that might be in these foods. It's really a shame that people would try this on your advice and endanger their animal. You can make healthful food for your cats; you don't have to add fillers like rice but you should add vitamins, especially iron. If your cat also has kidney problems, that makes it complicated. But, as a person who has had 4 cats living to be over 20 years old, I'm sticking with what I know. NO raw foods to FIV cats."