How likely is FIV to be transmitted from mother’s milk to kittens? If a…

How likely is FIV to be transmitted from mother’s milk to kittens? If a mother cat is pos for FIV and all 4 of her 8wk old kittens tested neg for FIV, what is the likelihood of the results actually being a false neg?

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Adam Wysocki
5 years ago

Hi Carolyn, I don’t know if it’s technically impossible, but certainly not a common scenario in my personal experience. Over the last 4 years my rescue has taken in 3 cats (with litters) that have tested positive for FIV. All of the litters of kittens turned out to be negative. Our policy with FIV+ mom’s is to test the kittens on intake and then again in 6 months to verify results. We did have one litter that tested positive initially and then tested negative 6 months later (a second test was given at 6 months just to double check). Here’s… Read more »