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15 07, 2016

FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

By |2020-07-30T12:00:47+12:00July 15th, 2016|Cats, FIV|0 Comments

FIV is a commonly diagnosed disease in NZ. It is thought that along with Australia, we have one of the highest rates in the world, due to a high cat population per capita, our cats living an indoor/outdoor lifestyle and a large population of feral cats living in a mild climate. FIV is transmitted through saliva, with the majority of infections resulting from cat bites. Once infected, the cat remains infected for life. After contracting

23 04, 2015

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

By |2020-07-30T12:00:48+12:00April 23rd, 2015|Cats, FIV, Vaccination|0 Comments

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is a common disease in New Zealand cats. In NZ it is reported that between 7% and 30% of cats have FIV. Infection rates vary between regions (areas with a big feral cat population will have higher rates) and there are currently no statistics available for the Bay of Plenty. *On average, that means that 1 cat out of every 13 cats in NZ has FIV! What is FIV? FIV is

30 08, 2014

What is FIV?

By |2020-07-21T13:30:43+12:00August 30th, 2014|Cats, FIV, Vaccination|0 Comments

FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus) is a disease similar to HIV in humans - although it is not transmissible to people. The virus can cause a number of health problems as it decreases your cat’s immunity, lowering their ability to fight infection and illness, such as severe gingivitis, cancers and other serious diseases which can potentially lead to a shorter lifespan. FIV is transmitted through saliva, so cats usually become infected following a cat fight from

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