Pet owners Beware
June 9, 2016 6:57am CST
If you own a cat you might want to get it tested for the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) equivalent of HIV as scientists say that there is evidence that your pet could be carrying the infectious disease. According to Lancet, the virus manifests in much the same way as HIV does to human. It lowers immunity, leaving the cat vulnerable to opportunistic infections. However, pet owners need not to panic as the virus cannot be transmitted to humans. Can these discovery lower the number of cats as pets?
The virus is primarily transmitted among cats through bites during fighting. Protect your cats from exposure to the virus by keeping them indoors and reducing contact with free-roaming cats that carry the virus, since they found out that stray cats are at high risk to be infected than home-kept ones. In this case it does not matter if spayed or not since transmission is through bites.