Belinda, this sounds like a losing battle. Dorothy chooses to believe what she chooses to believe, and feels the need to belittle anyone who believes differently. Sad. At least the way she's treating her own cats isn't actively endangering them, although possibly depriving them of playmates. I just hope she's not going around scaring other people into euthanization with her "info." She seems not to realize that vets don't all keep current -- I know of some truly appallingly ignorant ones who resist any change or challenge to what they think they know. And libraries can't hope to provide this kind of specialized, ever-changing knowledge. The internet is where it's happening, and it's too bad people don't have the skills to seek out the most current and knowledgeable sources, hard though that may be, and to at least lend some credence to the voices of experience, whatever that experience may be, on this valuable list. Diane R.
________________________________ From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Belinda Sauro Sent: Friday, February 29, 2008 6:54 AM To: Dorothy Noble; email@example.com Subject: Re: more questions and thank you Dorothy, If your going to "quote" me maybe you should read my WHOLE email: the best place to get accurate info is from a vet who is knowledgable about FeLV and goes to continued education seminars, not the internet. I think that covers this statement: Have you ever heard of a library, Belinda? Or a veterinarian? Perhaps those are sources you would like to consider, although I am sure that in your opinion, they are not accurate either. By every other test I only see 2 and yes it is possible that both tests were false negatives. Armond came to me at 4 weeks old - FeLV negative and always immunized. He was still negative at age 8 years when we moved to a new state and all of the animals were tested again before moving. At age 8 1/2, we brought a stray in; after 6 months she got sick and we discovered she was FeLV positive. Knowing that it is extremely contagious, our vet wanted Armond tested immediately. Sure enough, he was positive also. Coincidence? Every other test was a false negative? I love the way people like you read something the way they want to see it, I said nothing like this, what I said was MY THEN VET who I did put all my faith in being very young and naive and thinking my vet knew everything told me I didn't have to worry about exposing my cats because they were all indoor. Of course I know better now, but back then I had only heard the word FeLV a few times and had no clue what it was and apparently neither did my vet. My cats were vaccinated for everything BUT FeLV because my vet told me they didn't need to be being indoor ONLY. Love the way you twisted my words below to suit yourself. I see where you are trying to justify putting your own cats at risk. Since you can "promise" that the cat was "positive all along" you relieve yourself of any responsibility for intentionally putting them at risk for infection. Shame on you. Obviously my cats were/are my responsibility and what ever happens to them lays with me. And yes the virus can sequester in the bone marrow and a cat can test negative. The test is very delicate and false negatives are common like it or not. I feel the same about your info, a lot of cats will die if their people listen to your scare tactics. FeLV IS NOT AS CONTAGIOUS AS SOME VETS TRY TO SCARE YOU INTO BELIEVING." ? What part of this situation do you not understand? And, how dare you pass this false information on to others? What a terrible disservice you have done to anyone who reads this. I am disgusted to think that people are listening to you and taking your advice. If your going to continue to inform with false information and insist it is true I have no problem with that. I think I have a lot more experience with FeLV and I have saved cats lives, not scared people into possibly ending them. OH and I never said what I was saying was gospel, I've always said these are my experiences and there are many others I know on the list and off who have VERY similar experiences. And from those experiences and LONG talks with my vet, those are my conclusions and opinions. Every thing your stating your stating as fact. I can assure you that I will not return to this "support group" again. I refuse to participate in a battle of wills with someone like you. Please do your homework about this before you feel the need to give any more possibly fatal advice. Funny how everyone who hears FeLV info they don't like call it a battle of wills, my info is as valid as yours, your experience vs mine. -- Belinda happiness is being owned by cats ... Be-Mi-Kitties http://www.bemikitties.com HostDesign4U.com [affordable hosting & web design] http://www.hostdesign4u.com ForYouByUs.com [custom printing] http://www.foryoubyus.com This electronic mail transmission and any attachments are confidential and may be privileged. They should be read or retained only by the intended recipient. If you have received this transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the transmission from your system. In addition, in order to comply with Treasury Circular 230, we are required to inform you that unless we have specifically stated to the contrary in writing, any advice we provide in this email or any attachment concerning federal tax issues or submissions is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, to avoid federal tax penalties.