- is to list as many FIV cats as we can locate,
we need to get a large number in order for any statistics to
have validity, so we feel that a target of 1000
would provide that.
We show answers to these questions, which will be of interest to
anyone considering giving a home to an FIV cat:
How do you
keep your FIV cat?
What do you feed him/her?
Do you give supplements?
What was it like when you first heard about FIV?
Were you worried or have
If it would help to read about others living with FIV cats,
then please look at the stories of those who have so far added
their FIV experience to the project.
The project got under way in December 2014 - it may take a while
to reach our target of 1000 FIV cats but, in the mean time, the
stories are beginning to mount up, every one adding to the depth
of experience and information available to be seen - now!
We have set up the results to show each cat with some basic
information, and a link to the individual's full details. There
is a facility to filter the results shown if you are interested
in specific factors: location, household type, feeding choice -
the information available will expand and develop as we grow.
What was it like when you
first heard about FIV?
Were you worried?
Did you have doubts?
Would it have helped if you could have read about others
who were living with FIV cats?
If you would tell us the story of yourself and your FIV cat,
we can add it to the website so anyone can read what it is
really like to own an FIV cat
- so much better than academic studies on the subject - there
is nothing better than real-life stories.
We catalogue the responses and produce statistics to get a
better idea of the bigger picture about FIV cats, and show
them all on the website
you tell us about yours?
Perhaps your cat has just been diagnosed with FIV,
or maybe you have many years experience of FIV cat(s) -
either way, please help us by telling us what you can.
What was your expectation
about FIV, and was it matched by your experience
Please go to the questionnaire
to add your cat's information and your experience
Most people are given to believe that an FIV cat will suffer
many health issues, but our experience over many years with the
FIV cats in our sanctuary is that they have no more health
issues than one would expect from any other group of rescued
This made us wonder whether we had just been lucky, or whether
the 'normal' expectations were wrong.
So we decided to collect the experience of lots of owners of FIV
cats and see how their cats compared with regards to their
If you have an FIV cat, or have had one in the past, would you
help us by telling us what you can about your cat and any health
issues he (or she) had?
We need to gather information about lots of FIV cats, from all
parts of the world, and build a comprehensive resource and show
the results here on this website; so everyone can see what they
can really expect if they have, or take on, an FIV cat.
Previously, we studied the cats in our sanctuary. We produced a
simple chart showing how the 80 FIV cats we cared for had fared
through their time with us. The results surprised many vets, and
others who saw them!
Having tried this with our own cats, we realised we need to do
it in a more detailed way and with many more cats, particularly
those living in homes, so the results will give a good
representation of what can be expected.
Obviously there will be variations, some cats will be more
healthy, and others less so. This is why it is important to get
a large number of cats listed, then the broader picture will
become more reliable.
So if you, or anyone you know, has experience of one or more FIV
cats, please help us by passing on what information you can - we
have made the process of doing this as easy as we can, with a
web page where you can simply tell us the different things we
ask - would you help us... Please?
To start, please enter the simple information requested on the questionnaire
, we will guide you as to what we would like to know.
Please don't worry if you don't have much information, it is
important to get a whole range of cats and information, so
anything at all you can tell us will be helpful.
New to FIV?
If you are new to the subject of FIV - perhaps your cat has
recently been diagnosed with the virus - it would be great to
hear what you have experienced so far, and hopefully we can keep
in touch to see how things progress in the future.
This is an on-going, living project,
which we hope will
grow and grow over time, and will increase the understanding of
how the virus really affects the cats who are infected.
Please add your
Please go straight to the questionnaire
to add your information