Interacting can also be a problem for the immune compromised feline leukemia 
positive cat. That kitty can pick up things from the other cats and not be able 
to fight them off. If I hadopted or rescued a FeLV positive cat, I would not 
comingle but I might try to find him a friend as long as the friend didn't 
stress him/her. I know others here do comingle.

If I found out one of my existing cats was positive, I wouldn't change things 
and they would all continue to live together. In the past, whenever I have 
brought a new cat in, I have made certain our feleuk vaccinations were current. 
I am not a fan of those vaccinations because of VAS so I don't think I would 
vaccinate for that my vet thinks the first series of feleuk 
vaccinations is enough protection for life. This is just my opinion and 
experience. Others who have co mingled are a better source of advice and 

My friend had Sass, a negative, in with a group of positives. Sass was not 
vaccinated for FeLV because she thought he was positive. They all lived 
together and after 5 years my friend wondered why Sass never got sick when the 
others did. She (re?)tested him and found out he was negative. That was over 5 
years ago. He was removed from the room at the time and is still alive and well!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 9:19 AM
  Subject: Re: FeLV Vaccination

  Sue, I am the least qualified to answer this, but I would think that if Buzz 
has his own litter box and his own food dish the risk would be small.  Of 
course you wouldn't want them fighting either. I too have read that the vaccine 
is not totally effective but I think 60 to 80% effectiveness is better than 0.  
 He may not even want to be involved with the other cats.  My two want nothing 
to do with each other.  Why not at least have supervised interaction while 
you're home with them.  Yeah I know about the minor full time job and family 
details.  I feel like a neglective mother to my sick child at times.

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Sue & Frank Koren 
    To: fe lv 
    Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 9:49 AM
    Subject: FeLV Vaccination

    Several people here have said that they have their FeLV + kitties living in 
with FeLV -  cats, and the negative cats are not getting infected.  I am trying 
to decide if I should vaccinate my others and let Buzz out of his room.  My vet 
is against it and says the vaccinations are only 60 - 80% effective.  The vet 
does not seem to be up on all that is going on with FeLV, though, and I am 
considering switching vets.  Buzz really doesn't,t mind his room, but he is a 
social boy and cries when he doesn't want to be alone.  I visit him as often as 
I can and spend at least an hour or so in the evenings in with him, but such 
minor details as a full time job and the rest of my human and cat family keep 
me away from being with him as much as he and I would like.  It seems as if 
vaccinating the others and freeing Buzz from his prison room is the best 
solution, but not if any of the others end up being infected.  Their ages range 
from 2 to 8 years.  Two of them, Charlie and Tucker have other health problems 
and I don't know if that would put them more at risk.  Anyway, has anyone ever 
heard of a vaccinated cat being infected?

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