FIV Positive Cats

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that we do not euthanase cats which test positive for the FIV virus, otherwise known as feline immunodeficiency virus.

Recent research from Glasgow University shows that the virus can only be spread through blood, i.e. biting or scratching, and that with a little extra care, FIV positive cats can live as long as those which are not affected.

The FIV virus is a cat-specific disease which means that people and other animals cannot become infected with or catch this virus.

In the past 4 years we have re homed 28 FIV positive cats to owners who are able to keep them where they do not have contact with other cats.

We have a 400 m2 enclosure for FIV positive cats on part of a field we have purchased near to the Sanctuary. This enables us to keep these cats with a prospect of re homing them. If they are not re homed then they will live their lives as a group with us, similar to those in the feral sanctuary but not having any contact with any of the other cats. We aim to build up the colony gradually relying for the intake on the cats which we take in and which prove to be positive, both from the initial test and the subsequent laboratory test.

If you would like to give a home to one of these cats please get in touch.



  •   Male
  •   Indoor only
  •   9 years old
  •  From North London
  •   Jupiter’s previous owner saw our sanctuary online and loved the look of it so she handed him over to us in January 2018. He grew up in a colony of cats so he is not used to living in a house. She had visions of him being homed to a farm where he can live out his days happily catching rats and mice. Sadly, blood tests proved Jupiter to be FIV positive so he will have to live as an indoor cat. He has a lovely personality and is a friendly and confident boy. He needs time to gain your trust and loves affection and will head rub you to his hearts content. This last few weeks have been a struggle for Jupiter where he had an abscess on his tooth. After treatment and lots of rest and recuperation in the sick bay, he rejoined his FIV friends but he is not happy and getting bullied and stopped eating. He is back in the sick bay but he desperately needs a new home. It will take him a while to settle and he will be nervous, wary and will want to hide but we hope he will be a lovely pet. Do you have the time and patience for him?

Tigger FIV+

  •   Male
  •   Indoor only
  • 15 years old
  •   From Cheriton
  •  Tigger had been abandoned and handed over by a neighbour in November 2018. We did a blood test and found out that he is FIV positive. He is a little shy at first but a lovely friendly, chatty, handsome boy (photo does not do him justice)! He has a Grade 2 heart murmur.


  •   Male
  •   Domestic indoor only
  •  6 years old
  •   From Lydd
  • Scatty Cat (Skatz) was bought in to us in April 2016 after being displaced in a move. He was tested when he came in and we found him to be FIV positive. He is not liking the other cats he lives with in the FIV colony and is often picked on. He always rushes over to us and loves to rub around our legs. He certainly is a character and he likes a fuss but he soon lets you know when he has had enough and can bite. We advise a home without children.