Originally Posted by Jen
I don't think the vet said anything about it, just tested the cat and said well you never know if it is a false positive or not and that was it. I don't think he suggested anything else to do.
She didn't even think having both of them together was an option. I just suggested that instead of having him euthanized or given away to someone who might not be a good home and then she would lose track of this great cat, that she vaccinate hers and keep them both togther. Then I was wondering if my thinking was right or not and that led to all my questions.
Thanks for all your replies.
Here is some info for you.
"In 2002, the first vaccine against FIV (Fel-O-Vax FIVÂ®, Fort Dodge) became available in the United States. This vaccine may prove helpful to protect high-risk groups of cats. However, the vaccine introduces a testing dilemma. Current FIV antibody tests cannot distinguish between antibodies from vaccination and antibodies from disease. Newer testing methodologies are in development to devise tests based on the virus itself, so eventually it will may be possible to tell a vaccinated cat from an infected cat."http://www.winnfelinehealth.org/health/FIV.html
It's not very easy to transmit, because the virus dies easily, so it's mainly transmitted trough cat fights -bite wounds.
Your freind should discuss with her vet regarding vaccinating her second cat.
I don't know how effective the vaccine is, and also her cat will test positive after being vaccinated, so it should be discussed with her vet on wether to do it or not.