Sorry, didn't see your message till today.

I've had 10 or 15 FELV cats over the last 6 years.  I have 5 now.  Two of the
current cats, Oliver and Chloe, came from a lady in Oklahoma who had to give
them up because of family problems.  Her vet there vaccinated them regularly
against FELV, as a way to deal with the FELV.  I'd never heard of that,  always
believed that was not appropriate.  HOWEVER -  these are the only FELV cats I've
had that live beyond 10 years old.  Go figure.

had that live beyond 10 years old.  Go figure. Anyhow - I also have a friend
with 1 FELV and 1 non-FELV cat who are great buddies, had them since they were
kittens.  She's kept the FELV cat on interferon daily, and they're doing great -
now beyond 4 years old, no problems.  She's had them tested once or twice - the
FELV- cat stays negative.


Christy Buchin <> wrote :

> We decided to by pass the vaccines for our FeLV cat.  We figure his body has
> been through enough, so we did not want to subject him to the exposure.  Our
> &gt; Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:59:20 -0500
> &gt; From:
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> &gt; Subject: [Felvtalk] Shots for Felv/Re Testing for Non Felv Cat
> &gt;
> &gt; Hi everyone
> &gt;
> &gt;
> &gt; My kitten Bernie was diagnosed with Felv about 2 months after we got him
> &gt; home from the shelter. He was on interferon for 45 days, retested, and is
> Vet agreed with that decision. &gt; still positive. When we got him from the
> &gt; set of vaccinations yet. He is now 8 months old.
> &gt;
> shelter he did not have his second &gt; I am taking him to the vet tonight to
> get the shots. The vet said she would &gt; split up the doses so his body
> could handle them. I think I will go back in &gt; 3 weeks and get the rest. I
> &gt; shots and becoming sick.
> &gt;
> &gt; He was symptom free for about 40 days and then he had a bad day where he
> &gt; wouldn't eat. Otherwise, he has been acting like a normal kitten. No more
> &gt; soft stool, good appetite (besides his bad day), good energy. Still give
> &gt; him interferon once a day.
> &gt;
> am still a little nervous about him getting the &gt; Has anyone had an
> experience with the vaccinations? Is there a good chance &gt; he could die
> &gt; it.
> &gt;
> from the shots? I know he needs them.. but I am nervous about &gt; Also, I
> decided to keep my non Felv cat (Brady) with Bernie. The vet told us &gt; to
> &gt; My question is, how often should you have your non Felv Cat tested? I was
> &gt; thinking once a year would be ok? Every 3 1/2 months sounds like too
> &gt; much.....
> &gt;
> &gt; Thank you!
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