Is your Cat at risk of FIV ?

Your cat is at risk of contracting FIV if it spends any time outdoors. This includes letting your cat outside to go to the toilet, potentially letting your cat outside in a mesh or wire pen or enclosure and allowing your cat outdoors when you go outdoors.

Vaccinating kittens against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) before they have outdoor access prevents infection in 66% of cats that encounter the FIV virus. To put this into context the human flu vaccine can only reduce illness (not prevent infection) in 40-60% of the human population each year.

Australia has one of the highest rates of FIV infection in the world and within Victoria 15% of cats in studies that presented to the vet and whose owners agreed to testing were found to be positive for FIV. Given that many cats do not regularly visit the vet the likely infection rate is even higher.

FIV is spread by cats fighting and unfortunately the only way to completely protect cats against FIV is by preventing contact with any potentially infected cats by always keeping them indoors. However, this is often neither practical nor realistic for many Australian cat owners. Therefore, vaccination provides a useful means to help prevent infection.

Why do we want to prevent infection with FIV?

Unfortunately, FIV is not treatable and has lifelong consequences for your cat. Shortly after infection an infected cat may show fever, enlarged lymph nodes and appear tired. As the disease caused by the virus progresses it suppresses the cat’s immune system. Cats are prone to developing various infections and more prone to developing cancer, neurological diseases and chronic inflammation of the gums. Cats can pass away either from these diseases or otherwise from the second stage of FIV where the virus is unable to be controlled by the immune system and becomes terminal. Usually this process occurs over several years.

The FIV vaccination

The FIV vaccination course involves 3 initial doses 2-4 weeks apart. In kittens there is no need for prior testing for FIV and the vaccinations can be done in line with your kitten’s other routine vaccinations. In adult cats that have had any outdoor access a FIV blood test is recommended prior to starting vaccination. The blood test is cost effective, run in the clinic within 10 minutes and only requires a drop of blood.

For all cats after the initial course a yearly booster is then required. This can be administered at the same time as your cat’s other annual vaccination and health check.

The FIV vaccine has an excellent safety profile. In a recent study cats were followed for 2 weeks post vaccination and 98.92% demonstrated no adverse reactions at all. For the remainder, mild lethargy and a mild fever that self-resolved were the most commonly reported side effects, as with all vaccines.

If you have any questions regarding this article or FIV please do not hesitate to contact us at the clinic on 83730301 and chat to one of our helpful vets or nurses.

 

Is it worth vaccinating a cat against FIV?

Yes! Vaccinating cats and kittens against Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) helps prevent infection in 66% of cats that encounter the FIV virus when outdoors and exposed to other cats.

How is FIV spread?

FIV is spread by cats fighting

Do you need to prevent FIV in cats?

FIV is not treatable and has lifelong consequences for your cat. Cats can pass away either from these diseases or otherwise from the second stage of FIV where the virus is unable to be controlled by the immune system

Share This :
Facebook
LinkedIn

Get in touch

Our team are ready to take your call. 

Lynbrook Vet IconLynbrook Vet

14A/10-30 Northey Road, Lynbrook

4.9 491 reviews

  • Avatar Kate Aye ★★★★★ in the last week
    From initial phone call to book an appointment to leaving after the appointment, there was kindness shown to my beloved cat the entire time. I was nervous as I'd had some challenging visits to other vets years ago, but everything was … More considered for both my kitty and I. Cannot recommend the team more highly.
  • Avatar Olga Meads ★★★★★ in the last week
    I recently had my furbaby diagnosed with diabetes and the team at Lynbrook Vets have been amazing. I lnow my furbaby is in good hands with this team
  • Avatar Peter Conroy ★★★★★ in the last week
    Not many vets give you updates on you loved pooch, the vets at Lynbrook vets are very caring and keep you informed throughout the process, even if it’s just a teeth clean. They even give you a follow up call to make sure everything is ok. … More Wouldn’t go anywhere else. 110% satisfied and our dog is always happy to go there:)
  • Avatar Vasantha Munasinghe ★★★★★ a week ago
    Thank you doctor Kunal and team for the excellent care given to our beautiful girl until she passed away. We are so lucky and glad to have met you and your team.Thank you also for the message of condolences - Your kind words are very much … More appreciated.
  • Avatar Rodrigo Martinez ★★★★★ a week ago
    Great vet service! Kunal and all the staff are an amazing bunch of people who are passionate about caring for furry our little friends. Keep up the amazing work
  • Avatar Ben Gough ★★★★★ a week ago
    Was able to accomodate Rufus so quickly after he cut his paw. Was able to fit me in again when he got to his bandage when I wasnt paying attention. 10/10 service and staff!

You're in good hands

Lynbrook Veterinary Services Primary Care Practice

Lynbrook Vet is a close-knit team of Veterinary professionals dedicated to practising veterinary science in a compassionate, trustworthy, respectful and professional manner.  We care deeply not just for our patients and clients, but for one another as well.

Genuine Care
& Experience

Customised Treatment
Solutions

Customised Treatment
Solutions

Specialised
Services

Ready to book your appointment?

Please fill out the enquiry form below and we will get in touch with you soon. If your enquiry is urgent please call us on 8373 0301.

Contact Us

Contact Your Local Vet

Working Hours

Follow Us On Social Media

Search our site