| Originally Posted by Kits55 |
FIV can only be gotten by cats by drawing blood, so there should be no way that your kitten had FIV (or if he did this is not how they pass away). FIV is the feline form of our HIV and they can live up to 14 years if they are healthy. It kills cats because it wears down their immune systems. There is is FeLuk (Feline Leukemia) which is very easy to transfer but if your current cat had it you'd probably know by now and it doesn't usually act that quickly. (at least if your kitten got it from your current cat, although it doesn't sound likely that either one had it). There is also FIP which can go undetected but no one really truly knows if it transferable or not. It sounds like a poisoning to me. Did your kitten ever try to eat your toothpaste?