I concur about the FELV and the FIV - some vets just don't seem to keep up, or have much personal knowledge of these viruses.


On Mar 6, 2009, at 10:02 PM, <dlg...@windstream.net> <dlg...@windstream.net > wrote:

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
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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.

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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 www.trumiro.com

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