I mix as well. Only with vaccinated cats, of course. tonya Pat Kachur <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Mixing has worked for me as long as the negative cat is up to date on felv vaccine. My vet says the vac is 90+ % effective and, if the other cat or cats are healthy, he sees very little reason for worry.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Gloria Lane" To: Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 1:32 AM Subject: Re: I really need some advice > What a difficult situation, my heart goes out to you. When I got my > Calawalla, she was 6 months old, a pretty little calico girl kitten, just > off the street. I couldnt' believe she would ever die, but she did at > about 3 yrs old. I kind of feel like if they make it past 3, they're > gonna be ok, but just my experience. I did keep Calawalla isolated from > the others, meticulously, for about 6 months. Then I did decide to mix > Calawalla with my other non-FELV cats, and it worked out fine for me. > They had been vaccinated, but I think a healthy adult immune system does > a lot whether they're vacc'd or not. I added another FELV cat to the > mix, and they were all great buddies. I really don't think it's as > contagious as we hear. I have a friend who also acquired a kitty that > tested positive - she uses interferon alpha daily, and mixes with another > non-FELV cat, and works for her. She's made it past the 3 year mark, and > everyone's doing fine. > > Not saying that you should necessarily do this,something to consider - > and others here don't do that, but several of us do and find it works. > > If you choose to find another home for your sweet kitty, I'm sure in that > Michigan area where you live, or NJ/PA, that you can find someone to > take and love Binxy. > > Best of luck and hope this gives you help in some way. > > Gloria > > > > On Apr 1, 2008, at 11:07 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: >> 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 >> difficult. >> >> 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 >> along. >> >> 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. >> >> Buttons >> -- >> >> [EMAIL PROTECTED] >> >> -- >> http://www.fastmail.fm - Access your email from home and the web >> >> >> > > >