If you would rather keep this baby than adopt her out, I say go ahead
and have Velvet vaccinated (unless s/he is sickly) and let Binxy out of
that bathroom.  The only thing might be to introduce them gradually,
like with Binxy in a cage for a few days, to see if they're going to be
aggressive.  Of course, that's actually prudent for any new arrivals.  I
have only had one cat with FeLV, and only for a very short time, but his
first night in our house he got out of the back hall where we were
isolating him and intermingled with the other cats in our household, and
they are all fine after almost 2 years since their exposure to him.  He
hadn't bit anybody, and I don't know if he shared food/water/litterbox
with them, but very obviously he didn't transmit anything by just
interacting with them.

I'm glad you found this list.  It's a wonderful resource.

Diane R.

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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:07 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: I really need some advice

 I recently adopted a 4 yr old cat from an ad on the local Detroit Metro
 Craigslist. I also have Velvet whom I adopted from the SPCA 16 yrs ago
 who obviously has been tested then and free from both FELV and FIV.

I had been keeping the new cat, Binxy, totally separate in the bathroom
until she settled down a little and stopped cowering behind the pipes
under the cabinet enough for me to take her to the Vet. Of course I knew
in the back of my mind that she could have either disease since the
people who gave her to me had obviously done little to care for her--not
spayed, nails unclipped, no brushing, ear mites,  no vet visits in four
years, etc. But, I have a soft spot for callies and I figured that an
older cat had a far lesser chance of being adopted since most people
want kittens. She is really cute. 

Anyhow, she tested positive for FELV today---the Vet himself did the
test so there is little chance that it was not done properly. This
leaves me in quite a dilemma. For Velvet's sake, keeping Binxy just
isn't a realistic option and she can't stay in the bathroom much longer.
I am living in a shared housing situation and although my landlord does
allow animals, he let me know that the house needs the downstairs
bathroom back. Plus what kind of life is that for a cat who is very
loving and social? Now that she is over her initial fear and shock over
being unceremoniously dumped in a strange place, her cuddly, loving
personality is emerging.  Were she a more offish or mean type, the
thought of having her peacefully put to sleep probably wouldn't be as

Aside from the ear mites (and most likely worms) she seems to be healthy
and I'm sure could have a good quality of life in a home as an only cat
or with another pos. cat---but how to find such a situation? I am at a
total loss and don't know where to turn. I have already called several
rescue groups in this area and been faced with the obvious---with the
highly contagious nature of this disease, they just don't have the
resources or facilities to deal with this and put all the other neg cats
at risk.

If I take her to the Humane Society, I'm pretty certain she would be
immediately put down if they would even allow her into the building at
all. I have never been faced with a situation like this as all of the
cats which I have had throughout my life were from a Shelter, or rescue
group and tested before they even came through my door. 

Do any of you have any suggestions or know of anybody or any group in
this area which specializes in placing pos. cats?  I really don't want
to see such a sweet cat be euthanized, but I just don't have a clue what
to do now and I must do something soon.   I found this list as I was
doing a google search for fel-pos rescue groups. Any other groups I have
encountered are either way out of my area or only take animals from
other shelter or from off the street---not from the general public.

If there are no resources in my current area in Pontiac-Detroit-Metro in
Michigan, if you know of any near Philadelphia, Pa or nearby New Jersey,
I am scheduled to go back there to visit friends soon and could take her

I am so hoping that some of you may know of some resources. Thanks in
advance for any advice you could give me.  I really appreciate it.


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