Re: Experience with FIV+ Cats?
I had 2 FIV+ cats: a mother and one of her 2 kittens.
The kitten died at 3 1/2 yo. He got infected most likely during nursing - I saw one of her nipple bleeding, because the first test at 4 weeks was negative.
He was healthy until his immune system broke down and he died within a couple of weeks.
His mother who was FIV+ but never showed any symptoms died of breast cancer at 5 yo, the same week.
The youngest the cat is infected, the shortest is his life expectancy.
In order to bring a cat over you need a certificate of health. If the cat is healthy, being FIV+ will not be mentioned. Check with your vet to be sure.
You should be cautious with vaccinations though and only do what is necessary.
Some people say that one should not mix FIV+ and FIV- cats.
I know many rescuers who end up keeping FIV+ cats, without transmissions - as far as I know.
The virus is not easily transmitted. Like in humans, you need a blood to blood or sexual contact.
Of course, you can not totally exclude the risk, but from my point of view, it is really minim.
Now FeLV is another story. The FeLV virus can be transmitted through saliva while grooming and to some extend through urine and feces. Infected cats should be separated from non FelV cats.
There are very useful and knowledgeable yahoo groups for people with FIV+ cats. I recommend you subscribe there.