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Natural Treatments Offer Best Hope For Cats With Feline AIDS

Each year, thousands of cats are diagnosed with the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV for short. The disease is also sometimes called Feline AIDS because it so closely mirrors the symptoms and immune system damage caused by AIDS in humans. Pet owners are often told this disease is untreatable and almost universally fatal – until recently most standard animal shelters were euthanizing FIV+ cats upon diagnosis. But hope and help are now available.Soon to be available in its second edition, Feline AIDS: A Pet Owner’s Guide by Thomas Hapka outlines an expanded range of simple, affordable treatment plans, which often require little more than a trip to your local health food store. This updated edition of the award-winning book is meant to address an important and ongoing need.

“When my own cat, Jac, was diagnosed, I was shocked to learn there were no books or useful articles available on this subject, and most of the conventional clinics I contacted had no treatment strategies to offer,” Hapka said. “It’s now years later, and the need for this information is even greater. By publishing this updated edition, I hope to provide pet owners the information they need to assure prompt, effective treatment for their FIV+ cats.”

According to Lita Radford, professional homeopath and owner-operator of pets4homeopathy.com, “…Thomas Hapka has written this book in such a way that in one hour or less you will have enough information to get your cat on the road to recovery. Briefly, but ever so thoroughly, you will have sound knowledge of this disease, and better still, be equipped with the tools you need to do something about it.”

FIV is a virus that attacks the infected cat’s immune system, leaving the animal vulnerable to a broad range of infections. Although the disease behaves similarly to HIV, it cannot be transmitted to humans.

“Many people panic when they hear the word AIDS,” Hapka said. “I once received a heartbreaking email from a woman in Australia who euthanized her beloved family cat, mistakenly believing the animal could give AIDS to her grandchildren. Cases like this are especially tragic because Feline AIDS ii exclusively a feline disease. It is NOT possible for humans to catch AIDS from a cat.”

Another misconception is that a diagnosis of FIV is an automatic death sentence. Hapka, however, contends that cats receiving natural therapies and proper medical care can live for extended periods with few or no symptoms.

“By using the treatment strategies in this book, pet owners can strengthen their cats’ immune systems, helping to protect these animals from common infections that can otherwise prove life threatening for FIV+ cats,” says Hapka. “Even cats in the advanced stages of FIV often recover when offered a comprehensive, integrated treatment regimen.”

Hapka also said he hopes the updated edition of his book will dispel common myths about FIV that prevent many cats with the disease from being adopted.

“Far too many cats with FIV are being summarily euthanized, and many more are branded as unadoptable and spend their lives stranded in shelters,” Hapka explained. “I hope my book will help to spread the word that FIV is treatable, and it is NOT spread through casual contact. Cats with FIV can live and thrive for many years, and cats with FIV can safely live in the same house with cats who do not have the disease.”

Feline AIDS: A Pet Owner’s Guide explains how to:

  • recognize the early symptoms of FIV
  • choose appropriate conventional treatments
  • use natural treatment strategies
  • find useful resources, including holistic practitioners and supplement companies

Thomas Hapka is an award-winning writer, holistic consultant, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He learned of FIV in 1995 when his cat, Jac, was diagnosed. Since then, he has consulted with thousands of pet owners around the world. He also studied under Dr. Francis Ehrlich and took classes at the British Institute of Homeopathy. His clients have spanned nine countries and included two American zoos. Hapka’s work has been featured in the magazines Australian National Cat and Animal Wellness.

The updated version of Feline AIDS: A Pet Owner’s Guide, published by Kitter House Press, is scheduled for release in August of 2016.

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