Posted February 9, 2018 | 9:54 AM

FIV+, Positively Adoptable

Some cats may be FIV+, but that doesn't mean they can't be yours

Hillsborough County's Pet Resource Center is the first place for pets and the only open-admission shelter in the County. As the only-open admission shelter, PRC takes in pets regardless of size, age, breed, or medical condition, including cats that have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Though the cats are FIV+, they are just as loveable and adoptable as those that don't have FIV. Being FIV+ means that the cat is just a little more special and can only live indoors. Here are more facts about FIV+ cats and how you can help give one a home:

FIV Facts

  • Slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a long period of time.
  • Not HIV or AIDS.
  • Cat-only disease - humans and dogs can't contract.
  • No FIV season like human flu season.
  • Spread through serious, penetrating bite wounds or blood transfusion.
  • Can't be spread to other cats casually like in water or food bowls, litter boxes, or through cuddling and playing.

FIV+ Cat Facts

  • Must be an indoor cat.
  • Can live with non-FIV+ cats.
  • Has a weakened immune system that requires vet checkups twice a year.
  • Can catch colds or get sick easier than non-FIV+ cats. Must be taken to a vet at first sign of illness.
  • Often live long, healthy lives, never showing any symptoms.

Are you ready to adopt one of PRC's positively adoptable FIV+ cats? Stop by Pet Resource Center from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information on all the adoptables at PRC, visit or call (813) 744-5660.


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