Just about everything I've read points toward what Belinda is saying.
Unless Buzz is able to sneeze enough onto your shirt to get it sopping
wet, there's no reason to worry. Handling dishes and boxes thoughtfully
should alleviate the risk of your other cats even coming into contact
with FeLV. 

As I understand it, the reason for the 30 day gap is *NOT* directly due
to FeLV, but due to the fact that the FeLV+ cat, because of its status,
can contract some potentially very hard to eradicate diseases. It's for
*THOSE* that you want to give the 30 day waiting period, and not for
FeLV itself. You wouldn't want to bring a kitten into contact with the
germs from the last cat's especially stubborn URI, for example.
Obviously, if the FeLV+ cat did not die from a secondary infection, this
would seem to be moot. Hope that helps.


On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 08:22:14 -0500, "Sue Koren" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Now I am worried.  I have been taking good care of Buzz's dishes and
> washing my hands after I leave his room.  If this virus lasts on clothing
> then I have put my other cats at risk every time I pick them up in spite
> of the precautions.
> Sue
> ---- Dorothy Noble <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
> =============
> Apparently the virus CAN live for a while.  I have read in several places
> that you need to clean any area with a bleach/water cleaner if a + cat
> has been where a negative one will be staying.  It is said that you
> should wait 30 days after your + cat is gone before you should introduce
> a new negative cat into the household.
>   Armond (my 9 yr old + kitty) was infected by a stray we brought in (and
>   sadfully neglected to have tested.)  Armond was always super healthy
>   and had ALWAYS been vaccinated.  My more fragile diabetic did NOT test
>   positive - Go figure!  I had them all retested after 12 weeks and those
>   tests were consistent with the first one!
>   When we brought Preston home, he seemed to have diarrhea for a long
>   time.  (I am sure that part of it was due to the changing of his food,
>   even though it was done gradually).  I just kept mixing his wet food
>   with lots of water to make sure that he got plenty of fluids and he is
>   so much better now.  He has only been with us for about 6 weeks and he
>   came from a HUGE shelter so I am not sure how long he had the diarrhea. 
>   I know it IS overwhelming...still learning about it too.  We just went
>   through our first "sickness" when Armond got calicivirus.  (A
>   respiratory thing that settled in his mouth as nasty sores.)  That
>   lasted 5 weeks!  
>   Good luck with your friends!
> whocares whocares <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>       .hmmessage P  {  margin:0px;  padding:0px  }  body.hmmessage  { 
>       FONT-SIZE: 10pt;  FONT-FAMILY:Tahoma  }    Hi,
> Firstly, thankyou to everyone who responded and for the advice thusfar.
> Milli's diahrea is getting better with Neorase and probiotics, etc..
> I've gotten 5 of the 7 new ones tested and they've all come back FeLV+. 5
> are housed together and the other 2 are each in their own rooms. I have 8
> immune challenged cats of my own (some of which are permanent fosters)
> and am a little worried now. 
> What precautions do I have to take? Is FeLV extremely contagious? My
> dishwasher has a sani cycle which I've been using. Does sanitizing kill
> the virus? Is it easily spread on clothes? How close does the contact
> have to be between cats? How long does the virus live outside the body?
> Lance, how much DMG do you give? I have some for my HCM kitty. 
> I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Does anyone know where I can get
> Transfer Factor? No naturpath, etc. here seems to have heard of it.
> I'm way over my head here. Please give me as much advice (even if it
> sounds simple) as you can.
> Thanks
> El
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