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Is there a vaccine for FIV?

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is the cat equivalent of HIV. Cats get it from other cats, usually through fighting.

A vaccine for FIV has been developed, but it is generally not very effective and it leads to cats being incorrectly identified as FIV positive, instead of FIV vaccinated, so it is generally not used.
Even if your cat does have FIV, they can generally live a long and healthy life. FIV cats may be more vulnerable to infection and heal less well than cats without FIV, so they may need a little extra care during their lives because of this.

The FeLV (Feline Leukemia) vaccine is often mistaken for a FIV vaccine. Feline Leukemia is a fatal virus in cats and the vaccine is safe and extremely effective. The FeLV vaccine has saved countless cat's lives to a devastating virus.

Cats in the UK are routinely vaccinated for FeLV, but this is not always the case elsewhere. So the next time you get your cat vaccinated ask your vet if it includes the FeLV vaccine!
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