Well that's happy news Tad  Since our cat is between 4 to 6 and well, maybe 
he'll be around for a good length of time.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tad Burnett 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 7:41 PM
  Subject: Re: new cat

  Hi Lynne
    The rough numbers say 2/3's will be gone in 2 years...
  That leaves 1/3 that will make it past 2 years and they will commonly
  live to 8 years or longer...

  Lynne wrote:

    Hi all.

    I just joined this list after doing all the reading I possibly could find 
on feline leukemia.  I recently acquired a Himalayan male cat around 5 to 6 
years of age from a rather unscrupulous family.  I was familiar with the cat 
because all summer he would come over to our house and hang around, mostly 
wanting attention and something to eat.  Recently I discovered he was on a buy 
and sell site and immediately called the owners desparate to purchase him.  
Knowing who I am the price went from 150 to 300 within a couple minutes.  
Anyway, my husband and I had grown to love this little guy and just wanted him 
to have a good home.

    Yesterday we took him to the vet where he was groomed, shaved of all the 
horrible matting under his chest and legs, deflead and treated for a terrible 
case of earmites.  We no sooner got home than the vet called to tell us he had 
tested positive for feline leukemia and wanted to know how much we had bonded 
with him and our options.  After what seemed like hours of crying I decided we 
were going to keep him as long as he stayed healthy which he is now.  This 
weekend he is going to be neutered, strongly advised by the vet.  This will be 
strictly a housecat.  He's adjusted very well and is adorable.  I'm just 
curious.  Does he have a chance at a longer life than I've been lead to believe 
he has.  I'm hearing a couple of years and I just cannot accept this as fact.  


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