Yes, FIV cats don't typically have too much of a shortened lifespan - they
may need dental cleanings more often.

On Dec 25, 2007 2:54 PM, Diane Rosenfeldt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

>  Also, Caroline, treatment of FIV is a walk in the park compared with
> treatment of FeLV.  Generally FIV+ cats have a much better prognosis than
> FeLV+ ones, and are less sickly.  An FIV+ cat has a good chance at a normal
> lifespan with the routine good food and vet care.
>
> Sorry you're so stressed.  Hopefully the excellent advice so far has
> lessened your fears.
>
> Diane R.
>
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>   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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