Beth Clifton is a veterinary technician, former animal control officer, and former police officer. Beth welcomes your questions about any aspect of animal care & control, c/o ANIMALS 24.7 “Comments” or [email protected].
Q – I was curious as to what you recommend for cats with feline HIV. We have an indoor/outdoor cat, Izzy, who runs in to eat and out to play or sleep if the weather is nice. He’s pretty much indoors all winter. Outdoors he mostly stays on our property, with occasional forays to our immediate neighbor’s yard. I either clap my hands three times or tinkle the glass cat bowls together to call him and our other cat to dinner. He’d be miserable if confined indoors. (Roger W.)
A –Izzy will have the luxury of good veterinary care because you will take care of him. If he suffers you will relieve his suffering. Unfortunately, any stray or feral cats whom Izzy comes into contact with will not have the luxury of you looking out for them. With this disease they will suffer on the street, and at some point after an agonizing illness, will die. Meanwhile, they too will pass the disease on to other cats.
I’ve had kitties who were both inside/outside and then at some point had to stay inside my house. It can be done with cat trees and lots of interactive toys to stimulate their interest. They do adjust. I promise you that they do.
As to your kitties, I am hoping that perhaps as kittens they received at least a couple of vaccinations before coming to you, but you will be there for them when they need help.