Your comment >>>> I know it shouldn't but we treat our cats like little
gods. <<< made me smile Lynne. I'm completely shameless about treating
mine like little gods and goddesses. As long as they're not too mean to
each other, and don't run the risk of harming themselves, I pretty well
let em get away with murder. The way I see it, they don't ever have to
go out in the world and get on with other "people" so it's ok to spoil
em rotten!  
Thank you for giving BooBoo the wonderful forever home he deserves.
These people are unscrupulous indeed--and worse. (I don't normally
approve of capital punishment but when I hear stories like this....)
Wishing you and BooBoo many happy years together!


[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Lynne
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 2:14 PM
Subject: Re: new cat

Thank you Caroline.  You make a very good point.  I do intend to have
him retested in a few months.  I work in the medical field and am
somewhat familiar with  false positives and inadequate testing.  I'm not
gonna let one simple test decide that he has this disease.  However,
even if he does have it, it matters not one bit.  He's here to stay.  We
absolutely love him to pieces, even the 19 year old is accepting him
which I was worried about because Lennie has never had another cat in
the house.  We've only ever had 2 feline pets and both have reached 19
so the thought of BooBoo not making it to a ripe old age came as a bit
of a blow to me.  I know it shouldn't but we treat our cats like little
gods.  I'm going to keep on reading and educating myself about this and
do the best I can with the situation.

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Caroline Kaufmann <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  
        Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:13 PM
        Subject: RE: new cat

        Hi Lynne.  Thanks for taking in this baby and doing all that you
have for him.  I think that's great.  Definitely keep him if he is
asymptomatic right now.  Any vet that recommends a cat that has tested
positive for Felv ONE TIME and is asymptomatic is a quack (in my
opinion).  The veterinary profession has come a long way in extending
the lives of these cats and any vet that does not recognize that is not
up on his/her research.  There can be false positives with these tests,
so it is recommended he be retested again in 6 months.  Please see my
other recent post regarding "Buzz" b/c it has a lot of the same
information about retesting.
        In addition, if you are going to keep him, you should look for a
vet that is committed to proactively treating asymptomatic Felv cats.
Do your research.  Vet "hop" if you have to, but it is worth it to
screen and to find the right vet who regularly treats Felv+ cats, is up
on the research and will work with you to extend the cat's life.  There
are many immune boosting things you can do yourself now to help your
cat.  Also, a high quality diet is key.  There is an online group that
is devoted to the discussion of a high quality diet for cats (especially
cats with immune disorders) and I recommend you join it.  I am somewhat
up on the research of the importance of diet, but not near as much as
these people.  I will get the website address and post it here in a few.

        Keep in mind that no one can tell you how long your cat will
live.  There are so many variables and because of that, it is ALWAYS
worth trying- especially when they are asymptomatic.  Please read thru
the archives b/c many people have asked this very same question and the
answers are always the same-- we don't know, but it's worth a try.
Especially if you start proactively working to make him comfortable,
reduce his stress (very key) and boost his immune system, there really
is no limit to where he can go.  One of my vets had an Felv cat live to
be 12 and then she died of something completely unrelated- she never
even became symptomatic and never even suffered from the Felv.  So there
are success stories out there like that.  And remember, all cats will
die.  It sucks.  They will almost always leave us before we are ready
and no cat will ever live to be 30 yo!  So from the minute we take them
in and start to love them, their time with us is limited and all we can
do in the meantime is shower them with love and affection and give them
the best life possible.  


                From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
                Subject: new cat
                Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 18:54:13 -0500
                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
                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


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