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
  •   2-3 years old
  •  From Hawkinge
  •   Chaplin was not happy in his previous home because he was being bullied by another cat. He was tested when he came in to us and he is positive for FIV which means he will have to love indoors for the rest of his life. He is said to be a real purr puss and will take a little while to get to know you but once he does he will not leave you. A home with no other cats is advisable and he has been used to a dog.


  •   Male
  •   Domestic
  •   4-5 years old
  •   From Nottinghamshire
  •   Ronnie was brought all the way down to us from Nottinghamshire because his previous owners had him tested for FIV and found him to be positive. He had been living in a workshop and could not be kept because of other cats in the household. He is a big friendly boy who will take a while to gain your trust but once he has he’s lovely. A home without other cats is advisable and he has to live indoors for the rest of his life so not to spread FIV to other cats.


  •   Male
  •   Indoor only
  • 4-5 years old
  •   From Folkestone
  •  Tiger had been living as a stray and fed by somebody for a few months. He has been with us for a couple of years and we feel that he deserves a loving home. He is timid but a sweet natured boy. It has taken a while for him to come round but he’s only a young cat so hopefully with lots of one to one time and attention, he will gain your trust and be a great companion. He has to live indoors due to being FIV+.


  •   Male
  •   Domestic indoor only
  •  6 years old
  •   From Lydd
  • Scatty Cat (Skatz) was bought in to us 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.