Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a ubiquitous virus which infects cats worldwide. Like HIV, FIV can attack the immune system, leading to feline acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or FAIDS. A particular type of white blood cell, called the CD4+ lymphocyte, decreases in numbers, compromising the cat's ability to fight off infections. FIV can also cause a type of cancer known as lymphoma, though this tumour is more commonly associated with feline leukaemia virus.
However, many FIV infected cats seem to lead completely normal lives.
... read more here - www.gla.ac.uk/faculties/vet/cad/informationforowners/felineimmunodeficiencyvirusfiv/
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