Today the girls had their spay surgeries, vaccines, tests, etc. I go to pick them up normal as usual and as I’m in the room and the lady is handing me the paperwork she says oh btw Emma tested positive for FIV. My jaw drops. I think I kind of went into initial shock. Harper tested negative and they didn’t test Olivia as she is Emma’s sister and would most likely test positive. In my many years of fostering I’ve never had a kitten tested positive.
All 3 girls will have to be retested in 3 months to confirm the results because FIV can actually show a false positive for kittens born to a infected mother and can retest negative when they they are 6 months. Kittens born to infected queens may acquire FIV antibodies in colostrum. Since it is uncommon for kittens to acquire infection from the queen, most kittens that test positive are not truly infected and will test negative when re-evaluated at 6 months of age or older. Kittens that test positive for FIV antibody when over 6 months of age are considered to be infected. I hope the test is false but if it’s not it’s ok FIV is not a death sentence cats can live a normal healthy life with it. If you have a FIV+ cat or a similar experience please share. - 4 hours ago