I will not advocate either side but I will tell you that even inside cats stand a chance of being exposed. I was on the way in to my holistic vet's with Copper and Thomas when their (brand new and very oversized) carrier collapsed. Both kittens took off. The vet and I were able to recover both of the boys in a relatively short period of time (it felt like forever since her office is surrounded by very busy streets). All of God's Angels were watching after the boys and they came into contact with no cars or cats. I had batted around not having them microchipped but did "just in case" and am now considering the FeLV vaccine "just in case."
On Mar 30, 2009, at 6:07 PM, Lynne wrote:

Lorrie, I am certainly no expert here, however, having dealt with only one FelV cat and losing him after a short time, I personally would not vacccinate a positive cat. I still think the stress I put our boy through contributed to his quick demise.

Recently I had our negative rescue cat vaccinated for FelV, rabies etc and she was very ill for several days. As she is a house cat who is allowed supervised back yard outings, I worried about the odd chance of a diseased cat coming in and infecting her. I won't do it again however. Our newest rescued cat, a feral I'm convinced, adopted from the HS is still afraid of me and I could never hold her long enough to get her into the carrier to get her to the vet to be boostered. Since she has no interest in the outdoors whatsoever now, I doubt I'll even bother.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Lorrie" <felineres...@kvinet.com>
To: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 5:11 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FelV Vaccines

Oh wow, we're talking big bux here, as I have 14 permanent
cats at home :-(   I just wondered if anyone knew if the vaccine
would hurt my cats if they were positive, but asymptomatic.  I'll
ask my vet tomorrow, but I value the opinions of the people in
this group as much as any vet's opinion.  And besides the vet
stands to make a lot more money by testing each cat, so might
insist or the tests.


On 03-30, Sharyl wrote:

Lorrie, JMO but if they have never been vaccinated I'd have them
tested before getting the vaccine. Sharyl

--- On Mon, 3/30/09, Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com> wrote:

> From: Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Vaccines
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Cc: feral_c...@yahoogroups.com
> Date: Monday, March 30, 2009, 1:21 PM
> -----Inline Attachment Follows-----
> 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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