The project:

"Real-life FIV"
Collecting owners' experience of FIV cats


Could your FIV cat be an ambassador
to help others have a good life?

Please would you tell us about your FIV cat and what it is like as his/her owner?
By doing so, you and your cat could become important examples to help other owners,
and give new owners the confidence to care for their own FIV cat.

You will be able to see how your cat compares with other FIV cats.
You and your cat will be part of a vitally important information base that
could just change thinking and understanding about the virus and its effects.

Those of us who know FIV cats, already know the truth, but
we need to collect the evidence to show that to everyone else.

What was it like when you first heard about FIV?
Were you worried?
Did you have doubts?
Would it have helped if you could have read about others
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 subject -
there is nothing better than real-life stories.

We will catalogue the responses and produce statistics
to get a better idea of the bigger picture about FIV cats,
and show them all on the website.

Please would you tell us about yours?

There 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,
or maybe you have many years experience of FIV cat(s) -
either way, please 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 FIV cat.


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 be expected.

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
Thanks for being part of this project.

Please complete the information below to add your cat to the project - just one FIV cat at a time please - if you have more than one FIV cat to tell us about, please complete one first, you can return and add others later.


Owner's name

Your email address (will NOT be added to the website - just for us to contact you)

Please confirm the email address
(just to avoid mistakes!)

Country / area - where you live

Cat's name

Thank you for adding your cat
to this project. To send your information,
please click:

Or, if you prefer, you can go straight to the questionnaire page to add your information