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.....

Chris wrote:

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…. 


-----Original Message-----
Barbara Baass
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 12:34 PM
Subject: RE: average lifespan


Yes, this is very depressing. Tom was about a year and a half the vet said and I guess now he is 2 years old.  I know now from what the group said what to expect of 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 carrier??

Barbara Baass

Hideyo Yamamoto <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

This is just so 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 is doing very good and try not to think about it too much, instead, I try to concentrate on loving her more -  I am going to continue to fight with Ginger no matter what..


From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] On Behalf Of Barbara Baass
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2005 3:04 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: average lifespan


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 bone marrow. He probably got it from his mother. It is a shame that we have to go through pain and suffering before we die. At least most of the time we do.

Barbra Baass

Terri Brown <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

Samantha was 3 (1999)

Arielle was 4-1/2 (2001)

Gareth was 6-1/2 (2003)

Alec was 5-1/2 (2003)


Salome' is still with me.  She's 9.


RuthieGirl was 6 months (1996 -- not a FeLV related death; she was Salome's littermate).

Siggie, Sammi, and Guinevere are FeLV negative.


=^..^= Terri, Salome', Siggie the Tomato Vampire, Guinevere, Sammi, and 5 furangels: RuthieGirl, Samantha, Arielle, Gareth and Alec =^..^=


----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, May 30, 2005 11:44 PM

Subject: Re: average lifespan


Yo Jenn -

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
maybe? (2002)


>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 span
>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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