Ricky tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Cats who are FIV+ can live normal lives with normal life spans with only a few special considerations: A good quality food, routine veterinary care, and they must be indoor only kitties.
FIV is not contagious to humans or any other species of animals. It is a cat- to- cat virus usually caused as the result of a severe bite wound from an infected cat. And while FIV is not a virus casually passed from cat to cat through mutual grooming or shared food bowls, we at Dakin err on the side of caution and only place our FIV+ in homes where they will be the only cat or with another FIV+ kitty.
By the way, Toes…who looks just like Ricky…is also FIV+ and awaiting adoption. And great news…FIV+ kitties are FEE WAIVED for adopters!