FIV is an often misunderstood condition. It moves very slowly and gradually affects a cat’s immune system. Basically if a cat gets sick it would take their immune system a little longer than normal to fight it off. Transmission to other cats is difficult- only through very deep bite wounds or sexual activity which is rare in spayed or neutered domesticated cats. FIV cats can live long, healthy lives if cared for properly. Many live their entire lives without any symptoms at all. Owner’s of FIV+ cats should try to keep their immune systems strong by providing a high quality diet, staying up to date on vaccines and routine vet visits, and not delaying when a cat shows symptoms of illness.