Hi Chris---totally relate to your experience.
Ok if I add your story to the "good story" list?!


[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Chris
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 12:06 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: RE: FeLV Vaccination

3 of my cats lived with one of my FELV+ for 5 years until I found out
the 4th whad been positive all along.  They shared the same food bowls,
litter, toys; groomed each other, etc.  All 3 were tested when I found
the 4th was pos and all 3 were neg.  I did vaccinate them at that point.
While kittens may be a bit more vulnerable, I've come to believe that
transmission among adult cats is a lot harder than many people think.
My vet never once considered any option but mixing and he's got some
good experience with FELV...  He left the decision to me but there
really wasn't any decision.  To separate them at that point would just
have been a nightmare worse than any risk of FELV.  


No vaccine is 100% but between the vaccine, the cats' ages, the fact
that they were all in reasonable, though not perfect, health-mixing was
not a problem for me.


Christiane Biagi


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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Sue & Frank
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 9:50 AM
To: fe lv
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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