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Overview

The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) causes a condition in cats that is similar to the one in humans caused by the AIDS virus. FIV is not infectious to people, but it can be spread from cat to cat.

The presence of both is detected by a blood test. Although not perfect, the tests are usually accurate.

How to

If you would like Animal Control to test the kitten or cat you’re planning to adopt, tell the receptionist.

For kittens and cats being spayed/neutered prior to going home:

  • The FeLV/FIV test will be done at the time of surgery. If the test is positive, you will be telephoned before you come to pick up the kitten or cat. If you decide NOT to take the kitten or cat after learning that the test was positive, you may get a refund OR apply the money to the adoption of another kitten or cat.

For cats that have already been spayed/neutered and are otherwise ready to go home, you may:

  • Leave your cat here until the test has been performed.
  • Take you cat home and make an appointment to bring him/her back for testing in a few days. If the test is positive, Animal Control will phone you. If you decide NOT to take the kitten or cat after learning that the test was positive, you may return the kitten or cat and get a refund OR apply the money to the adoption of another kitten or cat.

If you decide to keep a kitten or cat that tested positive for Feline Leukemia Virus and/or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, you should consult with your private veterinarian about the disease and how it may affect your animal. You, not Anne Arundel County Animal Control, are responsible for the cost of caring for your pet.

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Fees

The fee for the feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus test costs $40.00.

Location

411 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

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