ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Animal Humane New Mexico has come up with a new policy for managing cats that test positive for feline AIDS.
Typically, cats with FIV are euthanized because most people consider them to be unhealthy and contagious to other cats.
However, animal humane says these cats are treatable, otherwise healthy and can live full lives.
FIV is in the HIV family but it cannot be transmitted to humans or other species.
Officials say cats with FIV will only be adopted to families who will keep them as indoor-only cats and they have to be the only cat in the household.
Animal humane says all adopters will be told if a cat they are interested in has FIV and how to care for them as they age.