Originally Posted by vegansoprano
Roughhousing is okay. The kind of fighting that causes FIV transmission is the type that causes abscesses and other nasty wounds. It just doesn't happen among neutered indoor cats. Of course it's theoretically possible, but it's extremely, extremely unlikely.
I think this is a case where we must agree to disagree. I simply do not think you can make such a blanket, firm statement, and I would always choose to err a bit on the side of caution - while giving all the firm facts.
The article Hissy listed is simply and accurate, I see no agenda. But as much as I LOVE what BestFriends does and stands for, I see an agenda when I read the link you gave. It is one I am sure comes from frustration with the lack of information on FIV and what kind of life potential a cat with this has. But the way to combat the fears is not to minimize that these cats may have cycles of illness, may not have a long life, and one should be prepared for and expect at some point some "more than once a year" l vet bills, chronic health issues (which can be addressed but they should be prepared), nor to express exasperation with folks eyes glazing over as they give in to the fears.
It's not the tone I would suggest is most likely to educate and accomplish the goal.
Just my feeling...I'd say if you love this kitty and are willing to accept the up the road health issues of a cat with a compromised immune system, follow Hissy's advice re initial seperation and slow introduction - be informed, be careful, realize there is a risk, albeit hopefuly a small one.