except we don't know how long they have lived together. Why risk this 
non-related family member? They may have been together for only days at this 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: MaryChristine 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 10:08 PM
  Subject: Re: New FELV Positive- questions

  it used to be thought that if mom was negative, the kittens would be, so VERY 
often kittens weren't tested at all, or at most, one from the litter was..... 

  some of it has to do with finances--for small rescues or shelters, the 
expense of testing full litters during kitten season is not always realistic. 
in fact, there are still MANY shelters and animal-control facilities that don't 
test AT ALL--and won't/can't pay for foster parents to do so, either. 

  but tho i didn't specifically answer this before, i of course agree with 
gloria and everyone: by now, everyone's been exposed and separating them is 


  On Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 11:25 PM, laurieskatz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

    Agree about keeping the family together. As my vet would say, they have
    already been exposed.
    I would separate the other cat for sure, at least until she's had the
    booster (30 days?). She is not protected right now. Wondering how long they
    have all been together. In any event, I think I'd keep her apart now and
    until everyone tests negative. I'd test her again, too (I can't remember how
    long a wait is recommended before retesting).

    I am questionning why each cat isn't being tested before they are
    co-mingled? We always tested each cat before co-mingling.
    In my own home, I did test and vaccinate and booster each cat who joined the
    family and whom I fostered., Any new cat was isolated for 2 -4 months, until
    tested negative twice, and vaccinated and boostered before meeting everyone


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