here's the short answer:

FIV is almost always transmitted through DEEP, PENETRATING BITES (the kind
that boy cats inflict in testosterone-fueled rages when fighting over girl
cats--which is why almost all FIV are boys.....) it's NOT air-borne,
water-borne, feces-borner. ie, it's not really a problem once a cat is
neutered; considering this cat is ill and probably not mingling much, i
expect he's not off taking bites out of people.

FIP is not contagious, it's a MUTATION of one of the strains of
FeCoV--corona virus, which, in most species, is the common cold. no way to
predict in which cat the virus will mutate, tho there is evidence of a
genetic predisposition, something that doesn't often come into consideration
in rescue/situations. the information on what FIP is, and the value of what
tests exist (and the very fact that there IS a highly effective, CHEAP test
out there), has generally NOT reached the veterinary population--the lack of
knowledge is very similar to that with FeLV, except that many cats are
killed because they've been exposed to corona itself, in most cases a
completely harmless virus. (human SARS is thought, last i heard, to be the
people equivalent of FIP--a mutation that was deadly.)

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