A couple things to think about.....Many many cats are
POS but never tested and many of these will never be tested because
they don't get sick...and these cats don't get put into the data base
that we use to figure life expectance...So in reality the life span
average may be longer than we think....|
Also there are advances being made every day that may be a cure...Like
feline interferon...There is always the hope that such will be
available in time for a cat that is still well today...Plus we know
things today..like good food and low stress that we know will help to
keep him healthy...
PS...I have an old girl..vet thinks she is over 12 years old but she
has been with me for almost 2 years and she is doing well...I did just
loose my old Sammy that I have had for a year and a half...I thought
the 2 old timers were past the age where it would get them but Sammy
developed a huge tumor in his mouth in just a few hours and I had to
let him go to escape the pain that it was causing him.....
I’ve got a 6
+ year old who tested
pos last year though vet thinks she had it all along and a 4+ that I
took in as
a stray last year who also turned out to be pos….
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] On
Behalf Of Barbara Baass
Sent: Wednesday, June
Subject: RE: average
Yes, this is
very depressing. Tom was about a year and a half the vet said and I
he is 2 years old. I know now from what the group said what to expect
his life span. Maybe another year or two.
Is Salome just
a carrier or is it in the bone marrow? To be 9 years old, she must be a
This is just
depressing to think about, isn’t it?
I look at
Ginger, who is
just a year old and every day, I fear of the day – but fortunately she
doing very good and try not to think about it too much, instead, I try
concentrate on loving her more - I am going to continue to fight with
Ginger no matter what..
Doesn't seem to be a
long life span. Looks like maybe 3 to 5 or
6 years. I believe that Tom was born with this because it is in the
marrow. He probably got it from his mother. It is a shame that we have
through pain and suffering before we die. At least most of the time we
is still with me. She's 9.
was 6 months (1996 -- not a FeLV related
death; she was Salome's littermate).
Sammi, and Guinevere are FeLV negative.
Terri, Salome', Siggie the Tomato Vampire,
Guinevere, Sammi, and 5 furangels: RuthieGirl, Samantha, Arielle,
----- Original Message
Sent: Monday, May
30, 2005 11:44 PM
Subject: Re: average
My darling Calawalla Banana Boo-boo was 3 years old. (2004)
My sweet Mittens was maybe 2.5 yrs. (2003)
My baby Mr. Black kitty was FIV and FELV+ - vet said he was 18. I
don't believe it. Think he was a bit younger than that - 10 yrs
>Well, my Moogie, who was born with FELV, lived 18 months, but it
>varies widely, and also, I did not take drastic measures to prolong
>her life. Had I done everything to the extreme, she may have lived
>to be 2 years old. I'm not really sure what the "average" life
>of FELV+ cats is, but one study has been done on the lifespan
>expectations for cats infected with feline leukemia virus that
>tested persistently viremic (continuously tested positive). In the
>study, reported by Dr. Susan Cotter in the November 1991 issue of
>the Journal of the AVMA, most cats died within two years but about
>20% of the cats lived three or more years. Of course, if everyone
>here tells you how old their FELV+ furangels were when they passed
>on, then you'll get a good sampling, and be able to draw your own
>conclusions, but you'll have to know how long they had the virus,
>not just how long they lived, because some of them may have caught
>it later in life, and that would skew the numbers.
>This could potentially be a very interesting thread, I wonder if we
>qualify as a "study group"?
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