Currently available for adoption at SOAR.
Pictured on this page are our cats that have the Feline Leukemia or Feline Immunodeficiency Viruses (FeLV and FIV, respectively). The FeLV and FIV infections can be passed from one cat to another through biting, social grooming, common litter box use, and shared food and water bowls. Dogs and humans cannot be infected. The disease that can develop from the infection will suppress a cat’s immune system, leaving it most vulnerable to other bacterial and viral infections that can eventually lead to its death. There is no known cure for FeLV, or FIV, though there are relatively effective preventative vaccines for cats at risk of exposure.
SOAR’s FeLV and FIV cats are treated to the same care and human interaction as are our other cats. They live in their own separate structures, each having an attached screened porch where they can bask in the sun and show off for staff, volunteers, and visitors. They are happy and social, and in the main as healthy looking as they can be. Many have and will enjoy fairly long lifespans (Taz has been with us since 2008, all the while doing quite well living with the FeLV infection). In a word, they are adoptable. Don’t overlook these sweet kids on your next visit to SOAR.
The following links to additional resources on the FeLV and FIV infections are provided for your further understanding as you contemplate adopting an FeLV+ or FIV+ cat: