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Fading Kitten Syndrome Treatment

by Kim
(Pasadena, CA )

The Primary Way FIV (also called Fading Kitten Syndrome) Are Deep Scratches and Bite Wounds Where An Infected Kitten's or Cat's Saliva Enters the Patients Bloodstream

The Primary Way FIV (also called Fading Kitten Syndrome) Are Deep Scratches and Bite Wounds Where An Infected Kitten's or Cat's Saliva Enters the Patients Bloodstream

Reader Question: Fading Kitten Syndrome (FKS)


My 3 month old kitten has tested positive for FIV (antibodies). Our vet told us to retest her in 6 months and that she may still die from FKS.

Is there anything I can do to help prevent FKS with my kitten?

Veterinarian Response to Fading Kitten Syndrome Treatment (FIV)

Hi Kim,

FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is a tricky disease. Several different variants of the virus are in circulation. Depending on what type your kitten has and her overall health, she may go on to live out her life with few effects from the virus or her health could quickly deteriorate to the point where euthanasia is the only humane option. Unfortunately, there is no way to know which way her condition will progress beforehand.

I assume that your cat’s positive FIV result was on a screening test like those typically performed in-clinic. These tests only indicate that a cat has been exposed to FIV. It is possible that she has fought of the disease but still has antibodies in her blood stream. Positive FIV screening tests should always be double checked using a different type of test (e.g., a Western Blot).

If your kitten truly does have FIV, the best way to maximize your cat’s chances is to provide her with excellent nutrition to support her immune system and keep her 100% indoors to limit her exposure to potential pathogens.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM


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