I agree with Gary. When our vet thought Teddy might have something
contagious he told me not to bother to separate him from the other 6 cats
since they'd already been exposed. He felt it would be less stressful for
Teddy to continue living amongst his feline family, too. 
Laurie

-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of gary
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 3:20 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Devastated and Ignorant-Confused-New Diagnosis in
Multiple Cat Household

Hi Steven,

Sorry to hear one of your babies is FeLV and has a lymphoma.  Lymphoma is
one of the things that can be caused by FeLV.  I can't personally comment on
the treatment for lymphoma, but I have a friend who had an FeLV kitty that
had it and chemo was successful in that case.

As someone else said, I don't know why your vet is assuming the others are
positive, most/many adult cats are naturally immune or have been exposed and
were able to clear the virus and are immune. It is possible they could all
have it, but unless they were kittens when exposed, I would doubt it.  Even
being exposed as kittens does not necessarily mean they will have it.

If these kitties have all been together for some time, I wouldn't bother
separating them.  I wouldn't even bother with "controlled conditions, it's
not like Sammy just became positive yesterday, they have been exposed for a
long time and if they were going to get it they already have it.

Gary


-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of spertus...@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:04 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Cc: spertus...@aol.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Devastated and Ignorant-Confused-New Diagnosis in
Multiple Cat Household

Hello everyone,
 
My name is Steven with a long history of feline stewardship; will not say  
owner because who owns who is always in question! :) Sorry for a long  post.
I 
am confused and wanting to make sure I get the most efficient and  best 
treatment possible for a recent diagnosis:
 
I have 6 felines in my household:
Rosie-12 year old female brown tabby
Samauri a/k/a Sammy- 9 year old male blonde tabby
Olivander- 7 year old male Maine Coon
Maggie- 3 year old female blonde and white tabby
Squeaky-2 year old female tuxedo
Fuzzy-2 year old male long haired tuxedo and brother of Squeaky
 
My 9 year old Samauri just diagnosed yesterday with FELV and x-rays show  
moderate cancer mass in his chest cavity. His comprehensive blood work shows
all  
is normal and in range so I am confused.  He eats, drinks, sleeps, plays
and 
behaves normally as he always has, would not know he was sick at all.   All 
other felines being tested on Monday 3/23 and Samauri is currently  
"quarantined" in 1 large bedroom and we are all not happy about this.  Is
the cancer 
which my vet says is of the lymphoma type caused by the FELV virus as  a 
"secondary disease" or is it possible the cancer is in addition to the FELV
positive 
status and the virus is not causing havoc yet?  Would the blood  work be 
"normal" or are "we" just lucky so far?  Samauri has been going to  the vet
lately 
for a cronic upper respiratory infection where his eyes tear  because the 
nasal passages were clogged. Medication clears it up as it has  occurred
2-3x per 
year for the past several years.   
 
I am seeing a specialist on Tuesday for the cancer that shows up on the  
x-rays.  I imagine this is what I fight and do other things to ensure his
immune 
system stays as healthy as possible?  My vet has given me liquid  Immuno 
Support Vitamins that contains Lysine, Larch Arabinogalactan, Reishi
Mushroom and 
Lutein. He wants the specialist to come up with a cancer fighting  
chemotherapy protocol.
 
Also, I have read posts regarding separating or not  separating positive and

negative felines, and my vet actually is already  assuming the other cats to

be tested will test positive.  Should he be  making that assumption?   I am 
fairly convinced right now that I could  let all kitties roam the house
under 
certain managed conditions relating to  shared bowls, etc.  
 
Am I even close to being on the right track here?  I have supported  CRF and

Cardiomyopathy felines at home in the past but this is all new to me  
regarding FELV status and cancer.
 
Thank you to everyone for bearing with me
 
God Bless all our felines!
 
Steven
New York


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