The ELISA test takes a blood sample from the lower leg, and is inexpensive. It's not that accurate, as there are false positives and sometimes false negatives. We had 2 three month old kittens who became negative within 1 month, and one that became negative 3 months later.
You can retest after about 2-3 months with the Elisa again. Better yet is the IFA test. It checks whether the felv has reached the bone marrow- the vet sends a blood sample to a lab and is a tad more expensive but much more accurate. However,the best alternative after a positice elisa test is the new PCR test. It's so new you won't see it in many google searches. It can detect even minute quanitites of the virus and is the most accurate test out there- also sent to the lab. Best after two consecutive positive ELISA tests. Your kitties can fight off the virus and change to negative though it's not guaranteed. They probably got it from their mother. Many kittens can and do fight it off which is why early testinf is often inaccurate. In order to do so, you'll need to provide a low stress environment, indoor only home to reduce exposure to germs, premium food mostly canned (wellness, innova evo, natures variety instinct,etc), clean the litterbox and dishes daily and have more than one box, vaccuum and keep them flea and worm free, as well as spend time playing with the kittens and giving them affection, toys, warm places to sleep. There are no guarantees but it is possible to go from positive to negative. Just takes dedication and having hope... And others will tell you a felv positive diagnosis is not a death sentence! There are plenty of people here who have healthy cats with felv that have had long lives. I don't know about financial assistance, but you should try and talk to your vet about payment options. The cheapest ELISA test I found ran about $25-30 here in LA. Also, you can do you best to change their positive status to negative in the next few months. Even if they don't, you can adopt them out when they are a bit older after you've tried or just try to adopt them out now and tell people they are positive for now but could change.. On Oct 28, 2008, at 7:51 PM, SALLY NORDSTROM <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > I'm getting real confused about the available tests and their > accuracy. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? > > I had to file a bankruptcy and can't afford testing. Is there > someplace that can give me help? > > How hard is it going to be to place my rescued kittens in homes? > What resources should I be using? > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org