House of Dreams is able to shelter and care for FeLV, but not FIV cats. It gets confusing when you hear these acronyms. What do they mean? FeLV stands for Feline Leukemia and FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.
Both FeLV and FIV are species-specific (they can not be transmitted to humans or any other animal) and are caused by retroviruses that are similar to the AIDS virus in humans. Both the FeLV and FIV virus depress the immune system. An individual cat can contract both FeLV and FIV.
FeLV is spread through close and prolonged cat-to-cat contact through bodily fluids (saliva, blood, urine and feces) Mother cats can give it to their kittens when they are pregnant or when they are nursing. Companion cats can spread it through shared food and water dishes and through mutual grooming.
FIV is spread when an infected cat bites another cat. This can happen when cats fight, so unneutered male cats that are allowed outside have the highest risk of infection.
There is no cure for either FeLV or FIV, but in a safe, indoor environment, with good nutrition and care, these cats often have a good chance of leading a long, good quality life.