Any responsible vet will treat an FeLV+ kitty.  One of the first things
to know about this virus is that it isn't nearly as casually contagious
as was first thought, though it is more readily transmittable than the
other bugaboo, FIV.  Unless the cat is in a position to bite other cats,
or is sharing food and water with them, which is not likely in an
emergency-vet situation, it's not readily transmittable.  And as some on
this list will attest, from letting their + kitties mingle with their
negatives, even the food and drink isn't necessarily a problem.  My
Patches escaped his temporary confinement -- he was a 3 a.m. rescue, we
lured him into our back hall, fed him, left him there blocked from the
rest of the house by a 7-foot screen door, and went back to 6
a.m. woke up to find him in our FRONT porch room 50 feet from where we'd
left him, having a conversation with one of our other cats!  He'd had 3
hours to get over or under that door, wander the length of the house and
interact with all the cats, and partake of their grazing crunchies and
water.  He died 6 weeks later, but none of the others have shown a
single symptom.  If he had lived, we would have had the others
vaccinated as an extra precaution, and let him hang out with them.  As
it was, we had to keep him in a room by himself while he was sick, and
he really wanted to join us all, he was such a sociable little guy.
That was really hard.  
At least we were able to give him some comfort -- when he came, he had
such huge, severe mats of fur on his sides that they looked like wings.
They must have hurt him horribly, he wouldn't let you touch him past his
shoulders.  He came to us over a 4th of July long weekend so it was a
few days before we could get him to the vet, and we were able to get
some of the matting off him by me distracting him and my housemate
snipping at the mats practically one strand of fur at a time.  (A few
months later, cleaning behind some furniture in the porch room, we found
another piece of "wing" that he must have rubbed off himself on the
furniture.)  He was also filthy, and we would pet him with damp cloths
wherever he'd let us, and he cleaned up into a lovely Turkish Van.
Thankfully, our vets, who don't usually do extensive grooming like this,
took pity and were able to clean him up and deflea him during his exam.
After that he loved being petted all over.  We would gladly have
kneecapped whoever left him out on his own to get into this condition,
even if he had been FeLV negative!  We had already socialized a
near-feral cat, and it had taken months.  This guy was immediately
friendly and had obviously been someone's pet.  
Oops, I digressed a little there!   But the point is that no
knowledgeable vet would refuse to treat a cat on the basis of its FeLV
status.  It's so good that your regular vet is being so supportive.  It
can be really disheartening to have to look for a new vet on top of
everything else.  
Diane R.


[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, July 07, 2008 9:10 AM
Subject: Re: Smokey update

Hi Everyone,

I had a real scare with Smokey over the weekend. I thought I was loosing
him and I didn't even know if an emergency vet would treat him because
of his disease. Do they?The good news is that I didn't need to find out,
he's snapped out of it. I've been treating him for an upper respiratory
problem and an eye infection. He also has ulcers on his mouth, poor boy!
The little cat is a wreck, but he appears to have turned the corner. As
of today, his mouth is healing, his eye isn't running and his breathing
is normal. I do not want to get my hopes up too much, but I sure do want
the little boy to stay with me. I can't believe how many tears I have
shed for a little guy I've known less then two weeks. He's just so

Is it normal for them to snap back so quickly? Is this a good sign that
he might live a while? My vet says that he could live a few years and
has even emailed me outdoor enclosures to look at. He was a stray and
longs to be outside, so it would be nice for him to go outside once in a

I really appreciate this site. It's wonderful to hear from people who
know about this and also who understand. As with my horse, (he's a
rescue, too) most of my friends think I am nuts for taking on this
little cat. 

Thank you for listening,

-----Original Message-----
From: catatonya <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 7:33 am
Subject: Re: Welcome, Kathryn

I didn't get your original email Kathryn.  Welcome to ghe group.  Is
your cat showing any symptoms? How old is he?

Diane Rosenfeldt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

        You've come to a great place for information and support.
Others have much more experience with these babies, but I can tell you
that diet and stress control are paramount.  If you can give your new
guy (what's his name?) the best food possible and keep him as happy as
possible, that's a great first step.  You can also supplement his diet
with L-lysine (from natural food stores, without the additives found in
the kind you find in most drugstores, which is toxic to cats).  Make
sure your vet is knowledgeable on FeLV -- if he/she didn't immediately
suggest euthanasia, that's a good sign.  If he/she isn't, look around
for one who is.  Some people here like holistic vets, if there are some
in your area, in addition to their regular vet.  
        There's no way to know how long any of them will last.  Some
people here have kitties who have lived long and well with FeLV, and
then there are some (like my Patches, who came to me as a stray, too,
who only stayed with me six weeks.)  What's important is to enjoy him
every minute he's with you, fight the good fight together, but know when
it's time to let go.  Not easy, but doable.  Good luck with your guy.
        Diane R.


        From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
<mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]> ] On Behalf Of
        Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 9:50 AM
        Subject: Re: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 
        I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Melina. I am new to
this site and really know nothing of this terrible disease. I have
recently (just bringing him home from the vets today) adopted the
sweetest little boy who sadly has this virus. He showed up a few days
ago as a stray. My husband and I fell in love with him and took him to
the vet for shots, etc. Sadly, we were informed that he has tested
        I really do not know what this means. Any information will be
greatly appreciated. I especially would like to know what I can do to
keep him well for as long as possible. The vet suggests Vitamin C. Any
information will be greatly appreciated.
        -----Original Message-----
        From: Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
        Sent: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 8:20 pm
        Subject: Re: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 
        I'm so saddened Sherry that Melina couldn't rally yet another
time.  My heart honestly aches everytime I hear of another passing.  It
sometimes makes one wonder just how much a body can endure.  But I guess
the courage and trusting nature of these dear creatures makes it
possible to go on.

                ----- Original Message ----- 
                From: Sherry DeHaan 
                To: Felvtalk 
                Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 10:44 PM
                Subject: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 

First of all I want to thank all of you for your prayers and good
thoughts for this beautiful baby.The aweful disease was way too much for
her this time.She was a VERY spunky little girl.My heart aches without
her in my life.I need to keep telling myself that I gave her so much
love that she was happy until the end.I will miss her little loving head
butts and rubbing her sweet face on mine.Ok now the tears are coming
out. :( Once again thank you all so much for having to listen to all my
sadness.But I also get ALOT of goodness out of these creatures.


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