RE;  COST AND FINANCIAL HELP  in Missouri, at least in Lincoln County, we have 
a thing called care credit.  my vet holds charges until we reach $400.00 then 
puts it on my account with care credit.  i can take up to 1 year to pay with no 
interest charged unless i go past the year limit.  you can also use for 
glasses, dentist, etc.  on the monthly statement, they list each charge, and 
its expiration date.  this way, you can pay off a little each month instead of 
a lot at once.   you can contact them at or 1-866893-7864 to 
find out if it is available in your area.  dorlis
---- Chris <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
> Just for my own info...  I thought IFA would show if the virus has spread to
> bone marrow and that a pos IFA was pretty accurate determination.. Am I
> wrong on that?
> And you can have false neg Elissa --My Tucson was one of those--she got
> tested as a very young kitten and obviously, exposure had been recent--5
> years later she (an indoor spoiled 18 pounder), tested pos on both Elissa
> and IFA.  Two vets confirmed that neg test was likely because of timing.  
> Christiane Biagi
> Cell:  914-720-6888
> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of MaryChristine
> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:13 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] tests
> please provide information about the PCR test you're talking about. the last
> i'd heard, there were none available that wree consistently accurate and
> reliable--they've been working on this for a long time and haven't been able
> to establish a test that's acceptibly accurate across many labs.
> i know that they HAVE developed one for FIV to determine if the virus is
> vaccine-induced or not, but as of a month or so ago, it still wasn't
> commercially available, tho it's expected to be soon.
> as far as everything i've read, at this time, the IFA is still considered
> the confirmatory test for FeLV. i'd love to see anything newer.
> what has to remembered with FeLV is that, unlike FIV, the ELISA test is for
> ANTIGENS, not antibodies--so a cat can test negative merely because the
> exposure was too recent tos how up--so the negative isn't "false," it just
> was too early. likewise, false positives may be false positives from all the
> things inherent in the test, but they can also be true at that time: the cat
> has been EXPOSED to the virus. antigens are NOT an immune response, however,
> just an indiciation that the kitty has been closely exposed to the virus.
> this is where the biggest misunderstandings arise: most adult cats will
> throw the virus off anywhere between 30-120 days--their immune systems will
> just knock it out. then a test will be negative because there are no longer
> antigens wandering around irritating them. but if you test too soon, you'll
> just get another positive result because the cat's body hasn't had the
> chance to work the virus out.
> doing an ELISA and an IFA right away will probably give you the same result
> on both of them, because it's the EXPOSURE that's showing up. the only real
> way to know is to consider a positive result for what it is: an indication
> that kitty was in close contact with someone who had the virus. (we don't
> know for sure, as far as i have seen, that a cat on the edge of throwing off
> the virus itself can't still pass it on, perhaps at a subclinical
> level?)--if you know when the last date the kitty could have been in contact
> with another cat, test if 90-120 later than that..... with the IFA (or if
> there really is a DNA/PCR test newly available, that one)
> and then make the decisions.
> MC
> On Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 11:36 AM, Saehwa Kang <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> > 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?
> > >
> > >
> > >
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