FIVcatsData_banner

1000 FIV cats Project - MENU
           

We show here what is emerging from the results of the survey


What do more than three thousand (3,000) years of FIV experience show us?


This project currently has over 900 participating owners with their FIV cats. The length of time of experience gained through each cat ranges from less than a month to almost twenty years. When we add up all the individual cats' experience, we now have over 4,000 years in total.

Overall health picture:

It is often suggested that an FIV cat is likely to suffer repeated illness from a number of ailments, so we wanted to show how the cats on this project have fared.

The pie chart below shows that the idea that an FIV cat will suffer much illness is not borne out by the experience of these cats.


The chart below is based on the reported health issues from all the cats on the project. If you count up the individual years experience - (eg. one cat living five years equals 5 FIV years) - then this chart is based on well over three thousand FIV years, so should be giving a reasonably valid impression!

In fact, the degree of illness (14%) is almost certainly exaggerated, as the individual health charts (see results page) are broken into 3 month segments (the smallest recordable period). Many owners report minor infections that cleared up within a few days, yet these will show as a minor illness for a three month segment - so overall, the amount of illness is probably less than the charts indicate.

Also, the degree of seriousness of illness is somewhat subjective, so the subdivisions between minor, medium and major should be taken as approximate.


Remember, these are all the ailments mentioned by owners; many of the ailments probably having little, if anything, to do with FIV.


overall health pie chart

Healthy = 86% of time

Minor issues = 10% of time

Medium issues = 3% of time

Major issues = 1% of time

Based on a total of 4150 years experience
(recorded from 872 FIV cats)


So, what are the illnesses they did suffer from?

We are told by the text books that there are several health problems that FIV+ cats suffer from. We now look at the experience of those cats on the project to see what they actually suffered from.

It would seem that there are no specific health problems that could be classed as common for FIV+ cats, just the usual list of issues that any cat might suffer from.


Shown below are the health issues listed by the owners of the FIV+ cats on the project; you will see that there are none that affect more than about 23% of the cats - so not so common then!


Number

Percent

FIV total

948


Health issues



Allergies

37

3.9%

Anaemia

31

3.3%

Arthritis

22

2.3%

Asthma

21

2.2%

Bartonella

4

0.4%

Cancer

95

10.0%

Cystitis

9

0.9%

Dental

213

22.5%

Diabetes

22

2.3%

Digestive

87

9.2%

Ear

59

6.2%

Eye

132

13.9%

Gingivitis

87

9.2%

Heart

48

5.1%

Herpes

11

1.2%

Kidney

74

7.8%

Liver

18

1.9%

Pancreatitis

12

1.3%

Respiratory

191

20.1%

Ringworm

10

1.1%

Seizure

12

1.3%

Skin

69

7.3%

Stomatitis

62

6.5%

Thrombosis

4

0.4%

Thyroid

28

3.0%

Urinary

64

6.8%





So, as you can see, there are no issues here that can be said to be 'common' in FIV cats; in fact, I wonder how different the results would be if you studied a similar collection of non-FIV cats.


Prognosis

To help illustrate what prognosis might be expected for an FIV cat, we have put together the following graphic display of the health of those on this project.

Each cat listed on this project has a health chart which gives a visual indication of the general state of health of the cat through the years.

The blue colour indicates a basically healthy period, and the mauve, purple and red indicate health issues - the stronger the colour the more serious the issue - the uncoloured sections are where their health is unknown before the owner became involved with the cat; the black indicates the end of the cat's life. All somewhat subjective, but this is produced from what the owners report.

Below, you will see that we have put these together so you can view the overall impression of the health of the cats as a group.

Any expected pattern of health should show with this grouping.

We have put the charts in order of age - If you scroll down through you will see there is little indication of any general pattern throughout the cats lives, other than more illness towards the end of life - I doubt this would be much different for a similar group of non-FIV cats.

Obviously, this is not a scientific study, but is indicative of the general health pattern of a large number of naturally infected FIV cats living normal lives.

First we list the FIV cats who have come to the end of their lives, and after that we list the FIV cats still living.

You can read the full report from the owner of any individual cat - just click on an individual chart to link to that individual's report (opens in new tab).



1579
1243
1896
1034
1044
1530
1780
1315
1023
1079
1211
1051
1007
1205
1312
1332
1338
1192
1027
1553
1815
1052
1157
1158
1206
1221
1268
1330
1358
1451
1480
1641
1244
1472
1083
1916
1127
1454
1562
1018
1019
1061
1120
1178
1321
1322
1464
1507
1613
1642
1915
1003
1073
1502
1551
1909
1064
1069
1229
1405
1043
1112
1152
1182
1310
1566
1020
1048
1058
1177
1184
1265
1362
1558
1576
1779
1105
1136
1433
1884
1047
1081
1231
1378
1461
1647
1050
1096
1409
1775
1814
1883
1005
1037
1077
1323
1348
1437
1482
1510
1836
1893
1550
1022
1033
1418
1587
1592
1087
1220
1242
1245
1360
1534
1412
1523
1719
1944
1038
1153
1262
1431
1492
1902
1499
1517
1630
1670
1866
1385
1635
1091
1134
1196
1284
1459
1508
1516
1004
1318
1384
1608
1640
1114
1460
1609
1717
1919
1130
1191
1226
1335
1882
1030
1074
1288
1363
1393
1441
1497
1511
1556
1718
1377
1423
1434
1726
1167
1276
1361
1545
1565
1039
1416
1440
1626
1643
1650
1673
1723
1121
1197
1209
1274
1339
1342
1570
1076
1299
1506
1520
1583
1591
1616
1716
1766
1067
1072
1137
1537
1557
1667
1774
1010
1103
1256
1341
1401
1490
1604
1093
1541
1021
1107
1017
1295
1065
1254
1380
1395
1420
1426
1435
1543
1581
1824
1009
1075
1168
1224
1266
1275
1383
1029
1280
1106
1340
1049
1389
1452
1467
1514
1622
1160
1296
1045
1082
1536
1867
1901
1438
1488
1561
1381
1668
1036
1513
1148
1519
1080
1116
1539
1652
1845
1223
1071
1504
1337
1631
1373
1324
1598
1391
1450
1154
1210
1427
1533
1615
1725
1041
1521
1574


1060
1387
1657
1664
1133
1656
1722
1414
1649
1145
1560
1111
1357
1014
1126
1535
1674
1858
1055
1611
1085
1155
1053
1088
1344
1714
1789
1402
1605
1620
1808
1875
1912
1922
1173
1346
1501
1685
1090
1249
1466
1888
1216
1555
1731
1895
1032
1142
1217
1351
1582
1596
1621
1733
1945
1151
1270
1503
1675
1738
1906
1128
1313
1468
1684
1724
1859
1914
1046
1320
1410
1629
1821
1839
1097
1124
1248
1347
1505
1744
1930
1140
1176
1193
1286
1371
1422
1463
1743
1750
1762
1873
1918
1015
1255
1862
1899
1068
1086
1264
1366
1489
1838
1236
1273
1575
1594
1940
1062
1279
1285
1294
1388
1554
1742
1811
1334
1398
1411
1415
1444
1522
1585
1628
1645
1646
1651
1662
1676
1008
1117
1188
1400
1720
1740
1816
1101
1119
1311
1590
1686
1729
1753
1278
1367
1432
1439
1453
1483
1698
1710
1784
1829
1854
1857
1865
1907
1923
1056
1194
1287
1428
1470
1546
1563
1625
1653
1755
1765
1855
1949
1215
1379
1419
1429
1474
1528
1913
1927
1078
1098
1171
1203
1277
1331
1484
1509
1175
1246
1281
1424
1425
1549
1843
1889
1125
1131
1189
1200
1355
1386
1417
1540
1584
1600
1671
1706
1767
1770
1806
1934
1936
1937
1057
1180
1202
1240
1336
1552
1638
1658
1659
1887
1891
1012
1084
1129
1150
1343
1447
1542
1572
1624
1632
1703
1848
1298
1365
1512
1593
1595
1741
1803
1820
1163
1181
1204
1329
1494
1538
1547
1669
1842
1024
1100
1104
1149
1297
1303
1307
1325
1326
1328
1478
1479
1610
1633
1751
1800
1844
1852
1871
1042
1139
1147
1170
1305
1372
1374
1404
1663
1689
1701
1735
1749
1925
1938
1228
1252
1257
1259
1283
1390
1458
1476
1496
1695
1795
1835
1926
1089
1115
1239
1308
1527
1660
1603
1637
1655
1665
1805
1031
1219
1234
1289
1403
1636
1798
1841
1846
1886
1897
1001
1094
1185
1208
1222
1261
1267
1532
1548
1573
1580
1769
1813
1853
1868
1872
1013
1102
1110
1132
1190
1301
1319
1359
1486
1515
1524
1544
1597
1654
1745
1758
1801
1850
1935
1950
1016
1108
1109
1179
1198
1247
1263
1272
1370
1485
1487
1495
1569
1691
1715
1932
1183
1258
1304
1350
1369
1394
1397
1399
1473
1612
1693
1754
1787
1911
1025
1063
1113
1166
1349
1356
1406
1436
1477
1493
1525
1681
1752
1756
1785
1793
1823
1863
1900
1905
1011
1092
1099
1237
1271
1302
1353
1375
1392
1413
1443
1456
1500
1526
1648
1679
1728
1730
1736
1746
1768
1788
1828
1847
1861
1876
1890
1026
1028
1118
1123
1187
1201
1214
1232
1260
1282
1290
1292
1300
1306
1475
1602
1617
1661
1666
1690
1721
1727
1761
1791
1864
1885
1138
1143
1186
1207
1233
1564
1683
1708
1796
1797
1802
1825
1826
1827
1833
1840
1869
1095
1141
1159
1212
1269
1368
1446
1471
1589
1711
1760
1894
1910
1921
1942
1054
1135
1144
1165
1174
1213
1250
1251
1327
1333
1430
1442
1518
1571
1614
1618
1623
1672
1709
1737
1748
1792
1804
1822
1856
1860
1903
1161
1162
1293
1364
1408
1491
1578
1599
1607
1704
1712
1777
1819
1898
1924
1931
1941
1059
1146
1235
1253
1396
1559
1678
1682
1688
1707
1849
1040
1164
1314
1317
1455
1498
1577
1692
1699
1700
1772
1773
1776
1877
1904
1920
1929
1195
1316
1376
1407
1421
1481
1697
1705
1739
1759
1790
1812
1832
1880
1006
1169
1172
1199
1218
1309
1445
1449
1588
1627
1734
1771
1782
1783
1818
1878
1879
1917
1035
1156
1291
1601
1606
1634
1834
1946
1230
1354
1567
1694
1747
1881
1933
1948
1238
1345
1382
1465
1644
1677
1687
1757
1781
1799
1830
1892
1928
1939
1943
1947
1241
1352
1457
1568
1619
1874
1448
1696
1713
1763
1778
1786
1809
1810
1817
1851
1908
1066
1227
1531
1680
1702
1870
1070
1122
1225
1764
1837
1462
1639
1807
1469
1529
1732
1831
1794