Thanks for your post Carmen. It was very comforting. Vets are
entirely too quick to suggest euthanasia for FelV pos. cats. This
fall I adopted out a FelV pos kitten to a wonderful couple who also
had two other cats, not positive for FelV.  The first vet at their
cinic told them not to take the kitten, so they brought him back to
me with tears in their eyes. Then two weeks later they returned to get
the kitten, because the other vet in that clinic they go to told them
to get their neg. cats vaccinated, and go ahead and bring home the
kitten, as it wasn't that contagious. I just visited them yesterday
and their positive kitten looks wonderful.  He is healthy and happy
and has a super good home with them.  I can thank this second vet who
was so much better informed than his partner was.


> On 02-21, Carmen Conklin wrote: I am writing in response to Lauries
> note about Isabella.  I have had several negative FeLV cats that
> have been mixed with the FeLV positives over the years and NONE of
> them ever acquired a positive status to the FeLV. It is definitely
> NOT an airborne disease in any way and it takes a very prolonged
> exposure for any negative cats to even possibly acquire the FeLV
> UNLESS they are bitten and direct blood is passed. Most adult cats
> are simply immune to FeLV and IF exposed at all, simply shed it
> off-they do not test postive even if living with those kitties. We
> have worked with hundreds of FeLV kitties over the last 25 years,
> and the non positives who lived with even the sympomatic positives
> did not become positive in their long lifetimes. One recently died
> of old age-not FeLV. Anyway, most people and some vets still have a
> pretty healthy fear of FeLV, but for those of us who have worked
> with these wonderful kitties for awhile and have them for companion
> animals, experience is a great calmer of all fears of FeLV
> positives. Carmen _______________________________________________
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