Once the source of widespread panic, shelters are now realizing that FIV can be detected early, and cats can still enjoy a wonderful quality of life. Learn more about how this disease is transmitted, how shelter'staff can test for it, and how to keep cats healthy despite your fears!
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Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are the bad boys of the microbial kitty kingdom, but when is it in your shelter's best interest to test for these diseases? Here's a prescription shelters can use to inoculate the dilemma.
Lime-green plastic tags on cats indicate FIV vaccination, not infection
Clients ask your front desk staff for help with many different issues, from behavioral problems to rehoming animals. Use this sample helpdesk handbook from Nevada Humane to help your staff be ready to assist!
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Give your adopters the straight facts on FIV -- download this FIV fact sheet from Best Friends Animal Society to hand out to them.
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are among the most common infectious diseases of cats. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has put together a set of guidelines on how to manage FeLV+ and FIV+ cats in a shelter setting.