That is disgusting about those people. 
I would trust your vet about the neuter. It's way less invasive than spaying 
and they are under anesthesia only briefly.
Good luck with BooBoo!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 8:42 PM
  Subject: Re: new cat

  Thanks Laurie for this encouragement.  I've become angry at the people we got 
the cat from only because they have still have an add on a site selling two 
other cats, the one is a son of my cat and the other is a female.  These people 
don't believe in vets or neutering or spaying.  They have sent me a couple 
nasty emails saying they didn't believe my vet's diagnosis and that the cat had 
always been healthy and happy and had only seen a vet once when he was ill and 
almost died as a kitten.  They don't have a clue as to what this disease is and 
told me it was not transmittable and I was foolish to believe it could be 
fatal.  Also told me there was something wrong with me not to believe in 
miracles.  I'm dealing with some weird individuals here.  Anyhow, I own him and 
we love him to pieces and they will never see him again.  He's happy as can be 
here, clean, adorable and healthy.  I am kind of worried about the neutering 
but our vet says he's very much up to it and we'll have a better cat for it, so 
I need to trust him.  Besides, BooBoo likes the people there and travelling in 
the van.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: laurieskatz 
    Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 9:25 PM
    Subject: Re: new cat

    Hi Lynn, my Squeaky and Stripes tested positive. Squeak lived a healthy 
life until age 22 years. Stripes was sick on and off and lived to age 16 years. 
This was before vets (or guardians) knew much and they VACCINATED them for this 
year after year. Squeaky always got sick for 3 days after being vaccinated. 
Anyway, have hope and give him lots of love and no stress.  The neutering can 
stress him so make sure he's in tip top shape before you do that. Check out 
some of the maintenance suggestions for feline leuk positive kitties such as 
using interferon. Good luck and THANK-YOU for rescuing this kitty from his 
previous situation. Wonder if you could bring any sort of neglect charge agst 
the other family. That said, we don't generally press charges here as it means 
we have to relinquish the animal.
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Lynne 
      Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 5:54 PM
      Subject: new cat

      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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