Thank you Wendy. I appreciate your words of encouragement. I just want him
to be happy and safe. I think he has had a rough enough life already. I'm
learning so much from this group. 


-----Original Message-----
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of wendy
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2008 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] worried Mom seeking info

Hi Jackie,
My name is Wendy and I have been a member here for about 3 years.  I joined
after my 4 year old cat was diagnosed with FeLV and got sick.  My other
three (all 4 indoor) had already been exposed as they'd lived together since
Cricket was a kitten.  All 3 had been previously vaccinated for FeLV, but
the vaccinations were not current when Cricket came into the picture. 
Cricket died from anemia shortly after I joined, which I think that we could
have reversed had I known what I know now about the disease.  None of my
others ever contracted FeLV.  I do believe that it's difficult for adult
cats, even elderly cats (we lost our 18.5 year old in Dec. to kidney issues
and she'd been around Cricket all that time), to contract it from general
contact or sharing food/water/litter boxes.  I think kittens are much more
susceptible.  I do believe in mixing pos with vaccinations/neg adults if
needed, but that is only my opinion based on what I've learned  here and
personal experience, not based on scientific evidence.  The veterinary world
is much more cautious because not enough is known about the virus.

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change
the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!"     ~~~ Margaret
Meade ~~~ 

----- Original Message ----
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 5:33:55 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] worried Mom seeking info

Hi, my name is Jackie and I am seeking advice. A year ago I started trapping
and altering strays. The first male I caught settled down quite a bit. I
started letting him in now and then and eventually I started keeping him in.
I have 4 other cats (all strictly indoor). I felt for this guy, he was a
rough and tumble wild guy, but he was so sweet after he was fixed. He
recently tested positive for leukemia and I have never had to deal with this
kind of disease before. I talked to the doctor some and she recommended we
retest him in 6 weeks, but I'm worried I'm endangering my other cats by
having him inside. They are vaccinated, but he is so dominating. I used to
let him out on occasion to let off a little steam. Now I can't do that and
he got into a scuffle with one of my other cats this weekend. I don't want
to euthanize him, but I don't know what else to do. I would appreciate your
opinions on my situation. 

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