Do they hold and re-test? Cats with FIV can live a normal lifespan. 

 nope.  Cats with FeLV+ can live a normal lifespan altho' I realize it isn't 
common.  But they don't retest.  They test once and that's it.



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From: Stray Cat Alliance <>
Sent: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 12:54 pm
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Euthanizing FELV+ cats in shelters

Do they hold and re-test? Cats with FIV can live a normal lifespan. 


Ethically, killing cats who test initially positive or even confirmed positive 
but who are not suffering is wrong on so many levels. Maybe they need to look 
the definition of euthanasia.


We had a Cat Management Forum last September and a volunteer took some pretty 
good notes from Dr. Christine Wilford of the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project in 
Washington State - check it out here:


And the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project website here:

Any reasonable person/people should be willing to listen to the most reputable 
veterinary scientists on this subject - not only does it include Dr. Wilford 
Dr. Julie Levy - whose articles are referenced in Dr. Wilford's presentation. 
Dr. Julie Levy has a site here:


She runs Operation Catnip at the University of Florida at Gainesville.


You can 
do a Google search on the subjects or even contact the veterinarians and 
ask their advice to medical information.



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