was it like when you
first heard about FIV?
Did you have doubts?
Would it have helped if you could have read about
who were living with FIV cats?
If you would tell us the story of yourself and
your FIV cat,
we can add it to the website so anyone can read
what it is really like to own an FIV cat
- so much better than academic studies on the
there is nothing better than real-life stories.
We will catalogue the responses and produce
to get a better idea of the bigger picture about
and show them all on the website.
you tell us about yours?
are two main objectives of this project:
To collect and make available information about as
many FIV cats as possible,
to show everyone what it really means to have an
FIV cat living in a home
Do you have experience of an FIV cat?
Perhaps your cat has just been diagnosed with FIV,
maybe you have many years experience of FIV cat(s) -
help us by telling us what you can.
What was your expectation
about FIV, and was it matched by your experience?
Most people are given to believe that an FIV cat
will suffer many health issues, but our experience
over many years with the FIV cats in our sanctuary
is that they have no more health issues than one
would expect from any other group of rescued cats.
This made us wonder whether we had just been lucky,
or whether the 'normal' expectations were wrong.
So we need to hear the experience of lots of owners
of FIV cats and see how their cats compared with
regards to their general health.
If you have an FIV cat, or have had one in the past,
would you help us by telling us what you can about
your cat and any health issues he (or she) had?
We need to gather information about lots of FIV
cats, from all parts of the world, and build a
comprehensive resource so we can show the results
here on this website; then everyone can see what
they can really expect if they have, or take on, an
We started ourselves in a small way with the cats in
our sanctuary. We produced a simple chart showing
how the 80 FIV cats we cared for had fared through
their time with us. The results surprised many vets,
and others who saw them!
Having tried this with our own cats, we now need to
do it in a more detailed way and with many more
cats, particularly those living in homes, so the
results will give a good representation of what can
Obviously there will be variations, some cats will
be more healthy, and others less so. This is why it
is important to get a large number of cats listed,
then the broader picture will become more reliable.
So if you, or anyone you know, has experience of one
or more FIV cats, please help us by passing on what
information you can - we have made the process of
doing this as easy as we can, with a web page where
you can simply tell us the different things we ask -
would you help us... Please?
To start, please enter the simple information
requested on the right of this page, we will then
guide you as to what we would like to know.
Please don't worry if you don't have much
information, it is important to get a whole range of
cats and information, so anything at all you can
tell us will be helpful.
New to FIV?
If you are new to the subject of FIV - perhaps your
cat has recently been diagnosed with the virus - it
would be great to hear what you have experienced so
far, and hopefully we can keep in touch to see how
things progress in the future.
This is an on-going, living project, which
we hope will grow and grow over time, and will
increase the understanding of how the virus really
affects the cats who are infected.
Please start with the requested information on the
right of this page.
Add your FIV cat