You and the others on this site are ANGELS!!!!!!!!! You will be glad to know that I stopped crying, called my vet, and have a plan of action. Please, keep us in your hearts and heads, I will be asking a lot of questions in the months to come because I am keeping the mom.
--- On Wed, 10/29/08, Saehwa Kang <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > From: Saehwa Kang <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] tests > To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> > Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 10:36 AM > 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 _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org