re:  vets.  how true. i feel i am lucky that my vet has an open mind and if i 
tell him about something i have read about, he asks for a copy if it is 
something he is unaware of.  i also put him onto this site and he is now a fan. 
 great to have a vet who admits he doesn't know everything and is willing to 
learn more.  dorlis
---- "Rosenfeldt wrote: 
> Stef --
> Sorry you're having all this trouble and worry right now.  
> About FIV, you are right and your vet is wrong.  It is VERY hard to transmit 
> other than through fighting (deep bites) and sex.  It's much less 
> "contagious" than FeLV, and even FeLV appears to be not as contagious as 
> originally thought.  I'm on a feral cat list where there has been some 
> discussion of FeLV, and people have said they've seen cat colonies where they 
> know that some cats are FeLV+, and if it's as transmissible as we're supposed 
> to believe, the whole colonies should have gotten sick and died, and they 
> just haven't.  The trouble is that for some reason some vets don't keep up 
> with new research as much as they should, and keep giving wrong information, 
> and more importantly, don't know the right things to do to keep the cats as 
> healthy as possible or to treat them properly when they do get sick.
> Your cats are very cute!
> Diane R.  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On Behalf Of Stefania
> Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 12:34 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] PCR test reliability
> Hi Chris,
> thank-you very much for sharing your story. The problem here is that in these 
> days I read very much on FeLV and FIV and I agree with you. My cats have 
> always been together (except for Trudi, who is a lone wolf), they play, groom 
> each other and they eat together even if they have one bowl each :-)
> They go out and I live in the country, so there are surely many stray cats 
> and many owners who don't bother to test their cats!
> What am I supposed to do? I don't want to keep them inside because it's like 
> a prison for them.
> On friday I will test the last two of them and I strongly hope they're 
> negative, so I will continue to vaccine them and hope.
> My vet scared me a lot saying that FIV is very transmissible and the virus is 
> strong and cats can catch it by grooming each other. Since I knew that it's 
> not so, I tried to ask once again to this vet, but she keeps on saying that 
> FIV spreads very well. I'm really surprised to hear so...
> I so decided to take Trudi to another vet and she immediately recognized 
> stomatitis in her mouth (which the first one denied) and nose. She simply 
> gave me a gel for her mouth. About the dermatitis: it can be for amoxicillin 
> but we don't know. We decided to use, first, something against fleas and then 
> wait and see. If the situation does not change, we will try with a local gel.
> Has anyone had experience with dermatitis?
> For Trudi it's the first time, and that's why I think it was the amoxicillin.
> If you want to see picture of my 4 babies, I have a blog. It's written in 
> "cattish" so you cannot understand, but you can see pictures.
> It's
> Hi all!
> Stef
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