Categories: Cat Health

FIV Cats Colloidal Silver

Today, the strides in FIV cats colloidal silver treatment are slowly becoming an increasingly known possibility for combating the scary health threat that places infected cats at a disadvantage to their healthy counterparts. Throughout the world, FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a reality and within the United States, between 1 ½ % and 3% of cats are infected with the disease.

What is FIV?

Feline immunodeficiency virus is an infectious condition that is found in domestic cats and cheetahs, which is comparable to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection) that threatens their owners. The disease strikes the immune system and causes weakness and vulnerability, as sickness and diseases not a problem to healthy felines now harbor life-threatening consequences for FIV cats. Unfortunately, the disease comes with no cure and there is no vaccine to give.

Eventually, the condition becomes fatal and a FIV-infected cat succumbs to a different infection or sickness. The scary part of the disease is that a cat can live several years without showing any signs of the illness. Feline immunodeficiency virus is classified as a lentivirus, which means it is a virus associated with a disease that develops at a slow pace.

The transmission of FIV takes place when a deep bite wound penetrates the bloodstream, allowing the virus to pass and infect. Sometimes, a mother cat can transfer the virus to her offspring during the gestation period of her pregnancy, as the kittens travel through the birth canal. Nursing may also spread FIV to kittens when they come in contact with tainted blood. While FIV only affects cats, it is important to note that some of the bacteria or parasites that cause the infection in cats are transmittable to humans. Those with a compromised immune system will become ill.

Risk Factors

The age, gender, and amount of time that a cat spends outdoors influence the chances of becoming infected with the virus. Older cats are more likely to come in contact with the feline immunodeficiency virus, as the average age of FIV cats are five years old at the time of their diagnosis. A prior illness also elevates the risk of FIV, as around 15% of all FIV cats in the United States possess the medical signs of an additional condition.

The temperament and habits of cats also place them in danger of contracting the disease. Male cats that display aggression; like to roam the neighborhood; and fight with other cats face a higher chance of becoming infected than females or non-aggressive males.

The Stages of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

During the first stage of the feline immunodeficiency virus, the initial infection settles in and then later spreads to surrounding lymph nodes. Eventually, all of the lymph nodes in the body will become affected. This particular phase is often referred to as asymptomatic, which means no telling signs will surface. Gradually, the number of immune system cells (CD4 or T helper cells) will decrease. The lower the CD4 count in a cat, the higher the risk of illness.

Over the course of the first stage, FIV-cat symptoms include fever, anemia (low red blood cell count), and neutropenia, which involve the abnormal decrease in the number of a kind of white blood cell that circulate throughout the body (neutrophils). During the first stage, most cats still possess a decent supply of CD4 cells to battle the disease. Overall, the first stage can last as little as a few days to weeks and sometimes – months.

As the disease passes into the second stage, asymptomatic symptoms may continue for years. The third phase of the feline immunodeficiency virus is sometimes referred to as ARC (AIDS-related complex), where a considerable drop in a cat’s immune system occurs. This creates a vulnerability that allows viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoans to compromise the health of the FIV cat, which normally doesn’t bother healthy felines. These opportunistic (or secondary) infections will continue to plague the health of an infected cat and will only worsen with time.

Symptoms of FIV Cats

In order to treat FIV cats with colloidal silver, a proper diagnosis and analysis of symptoms is required. While an infected cat may become lethargic, lose their appetite, develop a fever, experience weight loss, and suffer swollen lymph nodes, there are numerous specific symptoms associated with the feline immunodeficiency virus.

In about half of FIV-infected cat cases, chronic oral infections surface, as cats may wince when their face is touched or show difficulties when eating. Sometimes, they flat out refuse to eat because of the pain. Around the mouth, an unpleasant odor may arise.

Chronic upper respiratory diseases are common in FIV-infected felines, as about 30% of all cases suffer nasal discharge, sneezing, coughing, and problems with breathing. Often accompanying upper respiratory disease, cats develop eye disease that creates redness, discharge, and a cloudy cornea. In the worst cases, glaucoma becomes an issue.

Gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic diarrhea occur in 10% to 20% of FIV cats. Infection surfaces about the skin and ears (severe ringworm lesions, chronic abscesses, and hair loss), which eventually manifests into chronic or reoccurring incidents. This is sometimes one of the first signs of the disease.

FIV cats also suffer uncharacteristic changes in their behavior, such as loss of housetraining. They may show signs of dementia – a symptom directly caused by FIV, but is also a sign of parasitic and fungal secondary infections. Additional FIV symptoms include anemia and enlarged lymph nodes in the abdomen.

On the whole, FIV-infected cats often pass away due to opportunistic infections, which attack their skin, eyes, coat, gastrointestinal tract, reproductive system, nerves, and appetite.

Using Colloidal Silver to Treat FIV-Infected Cats

In FIV cats, colloidal silver has shown promise in animal studies and pet owner testimonials where a colloid of silver particles in water is administered to felines in order to take advantage of its anti-microbial properties. In the past, colloidal silver was used to treat external wounds and burns in an effort to avoid infection. With FIV cats, colloidal silver is especially productive in combating eye problems and open wounds.

Research conducted in Mexico on colloidal silver and FIV cats have involved the anesthetization of infected cat subjects, who had a silicone rubber catheter containing a silver wire inserted into their jugular vein with a cathode attached to the skin on the chest. In addition to tracking silver levels in the blood, results revealed that a treated cat began eating better by the second post-treatment day and within four weeks, many sores located on its back and ears disappeared.

Owners, who have used colloidal silver to treat eye problems in their cats give praise, as in a matter of days – swelling, infection, seeping pus, and unpleasant odors were successfully treated. One testimonial states that colloidal silver was able to fight a powerful infection instead of resorting to surgery for the removal of an infected eye. Overall, in FIV cats, colloidal silver is a secret slowly spreading amongst pet owners, which is quite effective in treating ocular (eye) issues and infection.


I’d think that you will find that there is little or no hard science supporting the effectiveness of colloidal silver as a medical treatment despite the fact that it is quite widely used and advertised as a supplement or homeopathic remedy. In the USA, the FDA has not approved it. Personally I would consider it a last resort treatment.

With respect to using it for humans, online there is warning about it being used by mouth (webMD website). Although there is a conspiracy theory that the big pharma companies discredit colloidal silver to protect their profit margins because it can’t be patented and it eats into their profits. It is a rather controversial products it appears.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • I am a 30 year veteran of silver biotics. I can assure you that it is a viable approach for the treatment of bacteria , virus and fungus . Please do not comment on its efficacy if your knowledge is limited to academics and especially if your consideration is only FDA approved . When SHTF you should have viable solutions .

    • Thanks for joining the discussion. The purpose of the article is to raise the possibility of these treatment.

  • I know this is a few years, but how did the colloidal silver work on your FIV cat. Mine just recently diagnosed with FIV from a fight over a year ago. No symptoms as of now, but interested to know if worth pursuing.

    • I think you will find that this is not an established treatment. It is somewhat dubious as I recall. Good luck though.

    • Sorry Stella, you'll have to see a vet about that. In fact I am not sure that all vets would endorse the use of this treatment but if your vet does he may be able to advise on dosage. The best of luck.

      • Hi Michael. Thanks for posting this blog. Our young adult male cat has FIV and recently had a relapse of symptoms that he experienced over a year ago. Last year he was on prednisolone for a few months because his immune system began attacking his platelets. Not sure which came first, but mycoplasma was also present at that time and apparently attacking his red blood cells. So, we followed the vet's instructions of 3 weeks on doxycycline (after having been given some in the hospital for two weeks). One day recently his guns were bleeding badly for no apparent reason (strictly indoors). He's been doing well on a raw diet and living in a peaceful home, butad it turns out mycoplasma appeared in his blood again (2 of the lesser nasty ones, not the big bad nasty one like last time). He's been on 10 mg. daily of prednisolone for over two weeks, bleeding stopped soon after he started the treatment, platelet count is near normal levels, but he is still quite anemic (yet eating with a lot of coaxing and still very social). One vet wants to put him on doxy. We'd rather try something different this time for long term results. We'd rather not begin the round of antibiotics though mainstream vets are advising us that we do it. So we've begun giving him 1-1.50 tsp of Sovereign Silver brand colloidal silver 4 times daily for the past day or so in hopes that the mycoplasma will leave his red blood cells alone. I'm wondering if this dose is adequate or too high for a 12-14 pound cat (has lost weight during this illness) and if 4 times daily is too frequent or not enough. Do you know about the success rates in using silver to eliminate mycoplasma? You mentioned in your blog that there have been animal studies supporting the claim of colloidal silver successfully treating certain conditions. Could you please post those citations, so I and other readers could refer to the articles? I'd certainly appreciate it. Thanks again for sharing this information with us all. I have heard anecdotes of its success and hope that there is actual evidence, so more vets will consider it as an option if it is indeed beneficial.

        • Michelle, having read your comment I have considered the matter further. This article was written years ago by a colleague. It is a good article but it does not express my personal viewpoint. As colloidal silver as a treatment does not have the support of science (I have thus far failed to find any) I would tread very carefully in using it as a treatment for your cat. I would cautiously suggest that the amount you are administering is too high bearng in mind the uncertainties. I will publish a short second article on this today. Good luck to you both.

          • Thank you, Michael. I agree that caution is necessary, and evidence is lacking. He's seeing his veterinarian, who has a holistic approach, today. We'll ask her and follow her advice. Hopefully someone will conduct a study on colloidal silver's actual health benefits. There are enough claims of its benefits to warrant a study. Thanks again.

          • I wish you both the best of luck. I know how hard it is to care for a sick cat. It was certainly emotionally painful for me.

          • Thank you for your kind wishes. It is indeed emotionally challenging for us. We love our pets like any other beloved family or friend and will do whatever we are able to ensure their safety and we'll being. Thank you so much for being a resource to cat lovers. 😻

        • Michelle, personally I'd have to be brutally honest and say that colloidal silver would be a last resort treatment. This is because although some people will perhaps say it does good others will say the opposite. It is not an established, FDA approved, treatment. It is more in the league of treatments described as supplements and homeopathic. I'll be doing more work on this today as I said in my previous comment.

        • Thanks for posting Michelle. What I'll do it work on this today and see what I can come up with. I wrote this article some time ago so have to refresh my memory. Sorry to hear about your cat. It can be so emotionally tough having to care for an ill cat. It was for me anyway.

  • Paul,

    I am currently treating my FIV+ cat via subcutaneous injection of silver colloids and through mixing Modified Citrus Pectin with his every meal. It is my hope to combat the virus directly from two flanks and to kill the mutated virus cells altogether.

    His next FIV test is scheduled for October. Keep fighting for your cat; never give up on them. I'll keep you posted.

  • I just found out my 7 yr old male neuterd cat has feline aids.I gave him his Rabis shot,Lukemia shot,and I think pneumonia shot.Nobivac 1 and nobivac felV,and nobivac 1-HCP-Ch on the tag of the bottle it says rhinotracheits- Calici-Panleukopenia, Chlamydia Psittaci Vacine..5 days after his shots he got Lethargic..sweaty and would not eat.I took him back and the Vet said He would take a blood test to see whats wrong.Later that day I found out he has Feline Hiv.or aids.He said he probably had it for six months.Yep, 6 months ago he got in a fight with a Tom..a bad one and his ears were almost chewed up.I sprayed it with Colloidal Silver and in 10 days his ears were like new.So I`am giving him 1-2 ml 3 times a day in his mouth.this is day 3...The colloidal silver is 250 ppm.Now he drinks a little water,and an old friend of mine told me to give it Coconut Water..He seems to drink more of that.It`s suppose to help with electrolytes.How long should I treat him ?. I don`t want him to suffer,should I continue with the Colloidal Silver and Coconut Water,or at what point do I put him down.It`s hard for me:I`am so attached to him. Please give me some of your thoughts.Thanks Paul

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