.Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
What is FIV?
Also known as FIV, feline immunodeficiency virus is an infectious disease caused by an RNA lentivirus (slow-acting viruses) of the retrovirus family. It is in the same family as the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and is similar to the HIV virus in humans. FIV infects both domesticated cats, lions, tigers, pumas and cheetahs.
The FIV does not last long in the environment, objects such as food bowls, blankets or toys which carry infection are not a risk.
Cats don't become infected via mutual grooming, and while the virus has been transmitted experimentally during sexual intercourse, it is not believed to be a major mode of transmission, although FIV can be passed on to the female from the biting that goes along with mating.
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