FIV is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a lentivirus which only affects cats, but is closely related to human immunodeficiency virus. It is spread by contact with blood and bodily fluids, so cat fighting and sexual intercourse can spread it.
It can exist in a carrier state with no symptoms for many years. So your cat should be neutered and indoors away from other cats. A vaccine exists, but doesn’t give very good protection, so even the conventional vets don’t recommend it.
I would advise caution in feeding raw food to a cat who has an immunodeficiency disease especially when giving potent immunosuppressive drugs. This cat could contract a bacterial infection from the raw meat that could be deadly to him. Unprocessed natural food is great. But with FIV, I would slow cook the meat in a crock pot. This allows the enzymes and nutrients to live, but protects the immunosuppressed cat from infection.
In the presence of Depo-Medrol®, homeopathic medicines are antidoted out. And while herbal medicines may be given to support immune function, you are suppressing immune function with Depo-Medrol® So it is like driving with one foot on the gas pedal and the other foot on the brakes.
There are no guarantees when dealing with FIV. But if you are interested in treating naturally, you may consider slowly backing down on the Depo-Medrol® These are powerful drugs which take over and therefore shut down the body’s natural production of its own hormones. If you stop suddenly, it could be disastrous.
If you are interested in pursuing a more holistic approach, I would discuss with your vet gradually tapering off the Depo-Medrol®. There are natural plant sterols like Moducare®, CoEnzyme Q-10, and Duralactin® to address the gum inflammation. They can be started while weaning off the Depo-Medrol®. While tapering off steroids, I give Standard Process Drenatrophin to support the adrenal glands to return to normal function.
During the weaning, symptoms may worsen. That’s because the Depo-Medrol® only suppressed them. When symptoms are suppressed, they settle in deeper and are harder to clear. Not only that, but to treat holistically, symptoms are our guide to what is out of balance and how to fix it.
After weaning off the steroids, the case should be taken by a classical veterinary homeopath. We look at all symptoms physically, mentally and emotionally, and find the similimum, the one remedy that fits the whole case. Based on symptoms, we prescribe a series of related remedies to clear each layer of disease. In the presence of FIV, you may give the FIV nosode. A nosode is a homeopathic dilution of the disease causing organism.
Traditional Chinese Medicine can also be helpful. A full Chinese exam and history should be taken to exactly characterize the underlying imbalance that allowed the FIV to take hold. Chinese herbals and acupuncture are tailored to the individual and its symptom picture.
I hope this information will help you. FIV is a very serious disease and no one can give you a guarantee of cure. But over the years, I have found that bringing the patient back into balance is better for length of life and quality of life in these conditions.