My cat passed away with FIV

by Debby
(Franklin, NC)

A week ago today, my cat was put down due to FIV. He had not eaten or had any water for over a week. More than half of his teeth fell out. I adopted him from a shelter, as I have all of my cats. I feel like I could have helped him. He was never tested for FIV until the day of his death. What could I have done differently? I am devastated. Could I have prevented his death? He seemed perfectly healthy until the day he stopped eating.


RESPONSE:

First let me say that I empathize with your loss and I will provide a link so you can understand FIV.

The primary step I take when taking in a stray is to have them tested prior to allowing them to mingle with my other cats. The FIV test can be done in your vet's office. This virus can remain dormant for years but knowing what to look for helps.

Here is the link:

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus






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