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
  •   4-5 years old
  •  From Folkestone
  •   Sid had been a stray and looked after for a few months by somebody who could not keep him. He was not very approachable and the lady gave him the nick name Hissing Sid. Sure enough the name stuck because that’s all he did to us for the first few months. He was obviously scared and unhappy. But now, you would not believe he’s the same cat! He really has come out of his shell and loves a fuss and attention. Bear in mind it may take him a while to get used to his new home and to trust you but we believe he could be a great companion. He was tested for FIV and he is positive so he needs to live indoors.


  •   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.