How Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) Is Transmitted

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is similar to the HIV virus. It attacks the immune system until function and integrity is compromised, and that’s the time symptoms are manifested. A cat can be infected for years without showing any symptoms until the immune system becomes overwhelmed by the effect of the virus. The main routes of transmission of FIV include the following:

Bite wounds

Cats that are allowed outdoors can get into fights with other cats and FIV-infected cats can transmit the virus when they bite another cat. The risk of infection is highest among cats that are free-roaming as they are prone to displays of aggressive behavior because of their strong territorial instincts and during heat season when male cats fight for the attention of female cats that are in heat. 

From mother cat to her offspring

An FIV-infected mother cat can transmit the infection to her kittens via in-utero transmission.

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