Laurie, Can I add your story to the "good story" list? I can relate---I kept all mine together when one of my 6, Momcat, tested negative while all the others tested positive. It would have been much too stressful for her to separate her from her buddies. She remained negative, and one of the other 5, Mickey, later re-tested negative also. (The other 4 eventually succumbed to the leukemia.) I hope your friend's Sass settled into his new environment without too much separation angst? Kerry
________________________________ From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of laurieskatz Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2008 9:40 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: FeLV Vaccination 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 again...plus 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 information. 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! L ----- Original Message ----- From: Lynne <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: email@example.com 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. Lynne ----- Original Message ----- From: Sue & Frank Koren <mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: fe lv <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> 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? _____________________________________________________________________________ Effective September 1, 2007, we have changed our name to Mayer Brown LLP. IRS CIRCULAR 230 NOTICE. Any advice expressed above as to tax matters was neither written nor intended by the sender or Mayer Brown LLP to be used and cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed under U.S. tax law. If any person uses or refers to any such tax advice in promoting, marketing or recommending a partnership or other entity, investment plan or arrangement to any taxpayer, then (i) the advice was written to support the promotion or marketing (by a person other than Mayer Brown LLP) of that transaction or matter, and (ii) such taxpayers should seek advice based on the taxpayers particular circumstances from an independent tax advisor. This email and any files transmitted with it are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.