FELINE IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE!
'Whew!' -do I hear you say? I did too when I first read that sentence while desperately seeking some kind of assurance that I was not losing my gorgeous fluffy boy to a scary-sounding disease.
If you have just had a similar experience on finding your beloved cat has tested positive for FIV, then I'm glad you've found this page and are ready to help your cat lead a normal life with some simple advice on controlling his or her condition.
Maybe you are old enough to remember the panic in the 1980's when the human HIV virus first hit the headlines? There was so much fear spread by ignorance of the disease and how it could be spread. HIV sufferers were stimatised and treated like lepers until knowledge and understanding grew and demonstrated that sufferers could live a fairly normal and long life.
It's a similar situation now with FIV; vets can't offer a 'cure', and treatments are fairly random, with modest rates of success and a lack of long-term study data.
It's important to remember
that cats don't die of FIV, but, because of their depressed immune system, are at greater risk when exposed to infection and viruses. The natural solution, therefore, is to offer optimum protection against opportunist bacteria and viruses.
, there's a simple way to do that without prescription drugs or antibiotics:
Colloidal Silver - a suspension of silver particles in pH-controlled water- is known to be effective in disabling around 450 bacteria and viruses. Before the advent of antibiotics, silver was a well-known way to preserve food. The pioneers in the Wild West put a silver dollar in milk to keep it fresh. The technology came to light again recently when silver treatments were added to clothing and wound dressings to reduce risk of infection, in particular MRSA, in hospitals. NASA currently adds colloidal silver to purify the drinking water onboard space missions.
What's more, colloidal silver is harmless to humans and cats (it has been shown to cause a blue tint to the skin if taken in enormous doses, but that's not what we're talking about here!). It can be given in therapeutic doses to treat symptoms as they occur, and also in lower maintenance doses to help to eliminate threats before they can take hold.
So, how exactly do you use it?
I can only talk from experience in treating my own -and other peoples' cats and dogs. I add a few sprays of 10ppm 'Colloidal Silver for Pets' to the drinking water every day. If the cat or dog shows signs of lethargy, vomiting or distress, I also give them around 1ml per kg of bodyweight orally, using a pipette or teaspoon, until the symptoms fade. My cat is around 5kg, so a teaspoonful a day is enough, and half of that is usually effective.
My cat was diagnosed with FIV in April 2011. He was losing weight rapidly and suffering from a range of ailments, including Upper Respiratory disease, ear mites and repeated infections, which were treated with courses of antibiotics and aggressive drugs. Since discovering Colloidal Silver, I have been able to control his symptoms and he no longer gets parasite infestations - no fleas and no ticks in the summer, and no need for chemical spot treatments on his neck. He has gained weight and can now run around with as much energy as before his immune system was compromised. I also apply some Colloidal Silver directly onto open wounds or scratches to prevent infection entering the bloodstream.
Around a year ago (about 15 months on from his diagnosis), we took him to a vet nearer our home, and had to disclose his FIV condition. The new vet could not believe that this was an FIV cat - such a big, fluffy and healthy animal with, quite literally, bright eyes and a bushy tail.
He is continuing to thrive (and hunt - and climb trees!) more than two years after his diagnosis.
I do hope his health and story inspire you and help you to offer your FIV cat a long and happy positive life!
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