Infection of FIV is a direct cause of feline AIDS
and affects the cat’s immune system, inhibiting their body’s
natural defence against other diseases, much like human AIDS. It’s important to note though, that feline AIDS is NOT transmittable to humans.
Unfortunately, infection by FIV is a common issue for cats in Australia. The virus is transmitted through the saliva,
so if your cat is bitten by another cat it’s important to get them
checked immediately. While most cats won’t show any symptoms, some
may display fever, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, lethargy and swollen
lymph nodes. Other symptoms such as weight loss, sores in and around
the mouth, eye lesions, poor coat and chronic infections may occur as
the disease progresses.
A cat infected by this disease will eventually die
of multiple infections from other diseases because the body is no
longer able to fight them off.