In the past FIV cats, once tested and confirmed positive, were routinely euthanized and thought to be impossible to adopt. We know now that these cats just like people with HIV, can lead long and healthy lives.
Unfortunately, many people think that only female cats need to be spayed because they produce the kittens, but it is truly important for male cats to be neutered as well. Once male cats reach maturity, they begin roaming and fighting and this is how the FIV virus is spread.
This virus cannot be spread to humans or other types of animals and it is actually not spread easily among cats. FIV positive cats should be ideally housed as single cats and as inside only cats so that the virus has no chance to spread.
The truth is that mother cats do not spread FIV to their kittens. A study in the Veterinary Journal revealed that it is safe to house FIV positive and negative cats together if they are properly introduced. The virus is only spread through intense fights and deep bite wounds.
A-PAL Humane Society has 2 beautiful cats that are FIV positive up for adoption at the Feed Barn. Please go by and meet them.
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).