Kole is a domestic short hair black male, 5 years old. He is a little shy when you first meet him but Kole will come around with a few chin scratches. He has also tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus).

What is FIV? It is a disease in cats , FIV that is similar to HIV /AIDS in humans. Much like in a person with HIV , a cat can be infected with FIV but still enjoy a normal lifespan even with a suppressed immune system . Being FIV positive means that a cat has antibodies that have been exposed to the virus, but it can take years if ever before the cat can develop an FIV infection and clinical signs.

Kole needs to go to a cat free home (or a home with another FIV positive cat) as the virus is transmitted through cat bites. FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs. We recommend FIV positive cats have twice yearly exams with your veterinarian to stay on top of any potential health concerns. FIV positive cats should also not be allowed outside due to the risk of infecting other cats if they get into a fight.