I have three positives and four negatives.  They have all been together 
since April.  I will have them re-tested before I vaccinate for Feline 
Leukemia  again in March, but to my knowledge they are all still negative. 
I lost my sweet Tucker in May  but my vet assured me he was still negative 
and the problems he had did not have anything to do with feline leukemia.
Sue

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tracey" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2008 9:22 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] New to group


> Hello,
>    I have to say this is a very enlightening forum. I have learned so much
> from you all!  I found a stray 2 months ago at work who was in terrible 
> condition,
> near death, starving, fleas, worms, etc.  She had a 'tipped' ear and I 
> found out
> later she was an Indy Feral cat who was in the TNR program.  Don't know 
> whether
> she was actually 'feral' though, but I doubt it because she has become 
> quite lovable.
> Had her tested at a low cost clinic and was +.  The vet there said her 
> teeth didn't
> look so good and that was typical in feral cats.
>    When I took her to my regular vet, he somehow neglected to even look in 
> her
> mouth and he said as a + she'd live a couple months to a year, giving a 
> very grim
> diagnosis.  I tried not to prod at her too much at first since she was in 
> such a
> delicate condition, but about a week after the vet appt, I noticed she was 
> missing
> all of her tiny teeth on the top and all but one of the little ones on the 
> bottom.  I was
> horrified and it was then realized that my vet hadn't even looked in her 
> mouth.
> After nursing her back to health, she has become very healthy except for 
> some
> sneezing spells every now and then.  This does worry me because sometimes
> mucus comes out.  She had extreme uncontrollable diarrhea
> when I first got her, which after using fortiflora for a month helped a 
> lot, but did
> not cure it completely.  For the last week I have been feeding her a raw 
> chicken
> diet (I have been feeding my other 3 cats this diet since February with 
> amazing results)
> and her diarrhea is completely gone.
>    So she's been in my bathroom isolated from my other cats this entire 
> time, and she
> really does seem to be happy there but I hate to keep them separated.  I 
> am getting
> ready to take her to the vet again to have her teeth checked out because 
> her breath
> is really terrible (seeing a different vet there though).   I am worried 
> about stressing her
> out by taking her to the vet and I know they will recommend a cleaning 
> which will
> probably stress her even more, but having an unhealthy mouth would be 
> worse on
> her than the experience of a cleaning.  Right?
>    I have 3 other (negative) cats, 2 are adults and one is about 1 year 
> and 5 months
> (I guess you'd call her an adult, she did just have her 2nd dose of the 
> felv vax)  These
> 2 vets say they would absolutely NOT mix.
> My question to all of you who mix is: Have any of your negatives become + 
> ??  Any advice
> would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Tracey
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