Vaccinations scare me.  Not vaccinating scares me.  It is a crapshoot.

You have two cats that were vaccinated against FELV and were FELV+ and
have lived long lives.

We had an older cat who we had no vet records on so had to give the
Rabies vaccination on, by law.  We also gave him a distemper
vaccination.  He developed AIHA (AutoImmune Hemolytic Anemia) and died
after a brave struggle.  Could have been caused by either or both

On 3/30/09, Gloria B. Lane <> wrote:
> I'm one of the ones with old FELV cats.  I have two 12-13 yr old cats,
> that I got from someone else, in Oklahoma actually.  Her vet believed
> in vaccinating FELV cats with the FELV vaccine.  I just spoke with one
> of my vets about that, as I took in a new little FELV kitten.  This
> vet suggested there's no consensus about vaccinations, and there are a
> couple of schools of thought - one being yes vaccinate them, the other
> being no don't. As I recall, she suggested also that it's probably ok
> to do the vaccination, but a small no. of cats may have a reaction.
> Never heard of that.
> Be interesting to research this topic.  But the 2 cats I have are the
> only ones I have, that have lived beyond 3-4 yrs old.
> Gloria
> On Mar 30, 2009, at 5:51 PM, gary wrote:
>> There is no problem with giving a FeLV positive cat the FeLV
>> vaccine.  Some
>> would say it was just a waste of money (for the positive cat) but
>> there are
>> people on the FeLV lists that have given their positives cats the
>> vaccine
>> every year and some claim to have some very old cats with FeLV.  I
>> believe
>> one had had a cat that lived to be 22.  I don't think there is any
>> hard
>> evidence as to whether it helps or not, but it won't hurt them.
>> I'm sure you will hear from others who do it.
>> Gary
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> [] On Behalf Of Lorrie
>> Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 12:22 PM
>> To:
>> Cc:
>> Subject: [Felvtalk] Vaccines
>> I have several cats who are 5+ years old, and all tested FelV
>> negative years ago when I adopted them.  However they are inside -
>> outside cats, and are also exposed to rescued cats I bring home
>> to be adopted out. These cats also tested neg.  but there is always
>> that window area where FelV may not show up yet or the test may be
>> inaccurate........
>> I want to have my home cats vaccinated for FelV just in case. Please
>> give me some info. on this...... Do I need to retest them all first,
>> or is it safe to give them the vaccine without testing them. They all
>> appear to be in excellent health, but if they should be pos. would
>> the vaccine hurt them??
>> Thanks for your help,
>> Lorrie
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