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Thread: Need advice: Anyone have experience with FIV+ and FIV- in same house?

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    Need advice: Anyone have experience with FIV+ and FIV- in same house?

    See http://petoftheday.com/talk/album.php?albumid=383 for pictures and the story on Tab. As I write this, he's at the vet, but I'm going to have to bring him home tomorrow. Finding a home for an FIV+ cat is impossible; it's hard enough with an FIV- cat. Even shelters that may accept FIV+ cats are full. I'm going to have to bring him into my household of healthy, FIV- cats. Tab's only problem at the moment is that he needs dental surgery, and the vet can't do it till after the new year. I doubt very much my cats will fight with Tab (I'll start out with him in a cage in my house), but it'll be impossible to keep him from drinking the water I must keep out for my 5 cats, even if I'm able to feed them separately, which I'm not sure I can do. Besides, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he gets into grooming sessions with some of my present cats. All my cats are up-to-date on their vaccinations, and I've heard that helps, plus, they are all indoors-only cats as he will be. Does anyone have experience with this? I will appreciate any advice - THANKS!
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    My Bobby is FIV +. As long as they don't fight, all will be fine. FIV is not easily transferred. Mine share water bowls, food bowls and litter boxes no problem. You don't want them fighting; if this means taking an extra few days to get through the transition phase, do it as long term you will be glad you did.

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    Big relief!

    Thanks, that is definitely good to know your experience with this! I see so much varying info on mixing FIV+ and negative cats, and even my vets said different things. I will put Tab in the cage to start out with, but he's pretty mellow and not so young any more, and I had him neutered before I gave him to my friend. My Siamese cat, Koji might even remember him, though it's been a few years since they knew each other. Tab is real sweetie, so I think they'll all get along fine.
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    FeLV is a different story; that is highly contagious and you really can not mix + and - cats in one home.

    I hope we shall soon see photos of Tab among your clowder!
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    It's pretty safe to mingle FIV+ and FIV- cats. Unlike feline leukemia, it's really tough for a cat to pick up FIV.
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    Tab is home, but how long till other cats accept him?

    He's snoozing on the bed near the window. He ate, then had his meds, used the litterbox. I think everything will be okay. He'll have his dental surgery January 2. I wish the transition period with my 5 would be over and they'd stop being scared of him. I can't remember how how long a transition like this takes with a full-grown cat. The last 3 I brought in were kittens at the time. Thanks everyone for your posts!!!
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