that's what's gotten researchers re-evaluating everything we thought they
knew--negative moms, or litters from positive moms that are only partially
positive themselves, or positive kittens that then turn negative (when the
old "wisdom" was that a kitten born with the virus couldn't possibly throw
it off because of the immature immune system.....

the last thing that i read, and i don't know where, and can't cite it
because it was just sort of a notice someplace of preliminary results (oh,
knowing me, i probably DO have it saved SOMEPLACE, but it wasn't
definite...) is that they're thinking that maybe the virus does NOT pass
through the placental barrier as previously believed, or via the birth
process itself (the mucous membranes), but that perhaps the MAJOR vector in
all transmission is the mutual grooming and cleaning that goes on.

since we already know that the virus does not pass easily, and that many
negatives live happily (or, at least co-exist) with positives for many many
years--anecdotally, more than the 30% who should be able to throw it
off--this hypothesis makes a lot of sense. ESPECIALLY the negative mom and
positive kittens bit, if, for example, there's a positive mom who takes on a
lot of the nurturing duties, which DOES happen a lot....

as for faint and strong positives, my understanding, tho i guess it MAY
depend on on the brand of test, is that there's really no such thing: if any
color shows, it's positive. the depth of the color has nothing to do with
the amount of antigen in the sample--could as easily be a function of the
test solution. kind of like pregnancy--no such thing as being a little bit

On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 10:45 PM, Chris <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Question---if the mom tests negative, how would the kitten be positive?
> Christiane Biagi
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> To:
> Subject: Re: New FELV Positive- questions
> Wow, she's a light positive.  I don't know how old she is, but   I
> have no doubt what I would do.  I'd leave the kit with her mom and
> bubba, and retest at some point.  She's already with them, so they're
> already exposed. Moving is stressful. Light Positive can mean that
> the test results aren't correct and it needs to be redone; or that
> she's been exposed to the virus and is mounting a defense against it,
> or whatever.    If she was an adult I'd start interferon, but
> probably not as a kitten.  I'm sure you'll get some other ideas too!
> Best wishes, and thanks for rescuing the FELV positives...
> Gloria
> At 11:27 AM 3/28/2008, you wrote:
> >OK- I volunteer for a rescue and care for cats in my home.  I
> >already have my own two girls who live in the main home that our
> >FELV positive.  I have been taking care of a mom and 2 kittens and
> >then one other cat.  They live in a spare room I have converted into
> >a cat room full of toys, a cat tree, and everything they could
> >need.  Yesterday, mom and kits had their big day at the vet.  Here's
> >the dilemma.  Jill, one of the kits, tested a light positive for
> >FELV.  Her brother and mother didn't.  The other cat was previously
> >tested.  Mom and brother have been vaccinated and the other cat is
> >being vaccinated today.  The kits are about 12 weeks old now- this
> >is estimated because they were dumped in the country.  What do I do
> >w/ everyone?  Do I keep people separate or since they are vaccinated
> >they are okay?  I don't have immediate homes for anyone right now so
> >I am it.  Do I let Jill down w/ my girls or what if she's
> >negative---I haven't had my girls retested...what if they are
> >negative?  Any advice would be great!  Thanks everyone!
> >
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