Feline AIDS is caused by infection with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). FIV causes a potentially fatal viral disease that interferes with the immune system of a cat.

The virus lives in the blood of the infected cat and is carried in its system throughout its life. Healthy cats contract the infection through being bitten by an FIV positive cat.

Cats infected with FIV may remain healthy for a number of years. While some infected cats show no sign of disease, others may display initial symptoms.

Eventually the immune system becomes too weak to fight off other infections or diseases. As a result, the cat will die from one of these subsequent diseases.

Healthy cats contract the infection through being bitten by an FIV positive cat.
Positive FIV infections throughout

Australia has one of the highest FIV infection rates in the world. Studies show up to 32% of cats test positive to FIV infection.

FIV infected cats can be found in all parts of the world including Australia where the prevalence of FIV is particularly high.

What can I do to
prevent feline AIDS?

There is no treatment or cure for an FIV infected cat. However a vaccine is available that can aid in the prevention of infection with FIV. Talk with your veterinarian about the best vaccination program for your cat.

FIV vaccination guideline

Unvaccinated cats

Those cats presented at 8 weeks of age or older require 3 doses at an intervaccination interval of 2-4 weeks.

Vaccinated cats

Annual vaccination is recommended.

Please seek the advice of your veterinarian who will prescribe the most appropriate vaccination and testing regime for your pet.

It is recommended that cats over 6 months of age are tested for FIV prior to vaccination.

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FIV Vaccination Guidelines

Feline AIDS
risk assessment

This data will help your veterinarian make an accurate
risk assessment for your cat in regard to contracting FIV.


The degenerative
effects of feline AIDS is
distressing for both the
treasured pet and its
caring family.

Understanding the full implications of this illness can only be expressed by someone with first-hand experience. Many cat owners would benefit immeasurably by understanding the far reaching implications of a pet cat contracting FIV.

If you believe others would benefit from your experience, feel free to send your story using the form below. We will then aim to publish your story on this website within a few days. Working together like this we may prevent many other cats from this terrible disease.

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iPhone location reminder

If you have the latest operating system for Apple installed on your iPhone, iOS 5, you can set a location reminder for when you next visit your vet.

This reminder will help prompt you to ask your vet about FIV vaccinations.

Let us show you how by following these simple steps.

What iOS version is your iPhone running?

To view this on your iPhone select SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE

Your phone will show you either:

1. Your current software version; or
2. If you can see an ‘Install Now’ button, the phone is displaying the number of the next software version update. To see the current software version you will need to connect your iPhone to iTunes and view the Summary page.

Please note: We are not recommending that you update your software.

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