Kittens that test positive for FIV probably do NOT have FIV! Kittens born to an FIV mother will inherit her antibodies, but not usually the virus. A mother cat with FIV will have FIV antibodies which are produced by her immune system in response to the virus. When pregnant, she will pass these antibodies to her kittens through the blood, but she will not pass the virus, which will not cross the placenta. Because the usual test for FIV actually looks for the antibodies and not the virus, a kitten from an FIV mother will show positive on the test without any virus being present. As the kittens grow, they will gradually lose their inherited protection, and will then test negative.
In the unlikely event Pogo does retest positive at a later date, cats infected with FIV can easily live long healthy lives if kept indoors and fed a high quality diet. They can live with other cats as long as they are compatible. We are seeking a home for Pogo where he'll have another kitten companion..Don't miss out on this special kitty because of his possible diagnosis ! Will you take a chance on him?? Learn more http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_fiv.cfm?gclid=Cj0KEQiA39_BBRD0w-_rmOrc__8BEiQA-ETxXTLVqZhBUEhD0tsaXqI8PXIN9xSnApx5Ysc3RX8wy9kaAp3D8P8HAQ Posted ll/25/l6
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