Nortina, First of all welcome to the group.  There are people here with a great 
deal of knowledge about this horrible disease.
I have seven cats, two are positive for feline leukemia.  The negative cats are 
all vaccinated.  My oldest positve, Orlando, is 11 years old and the youngest, 
Tweezer, will be three.  Both are asymptomatic.  I lost a positive about 6 
months ago to anemia. He was almost two.  Buzzy was able to live a few months 
longer then he would have because of the advise of people on this list. I hope 
you will find it to be as helpful as I have.  FeLV+ can go a long time without 
symptoms and some live very long lives.  In the FeLV/FIV room where I volunteer 
there is one cat who is 22!
Good luck with your positive kitty and thank you for giving him a chance.

---- Nortina Bell <> wrote: 
> Hello, 
> I have been a member of this list for a few days now since I found out that 
> our new kitty tested postive for feline leukemia. 
> We already have one cat, Jasper, who is about 7-8 years old. The animal 
> shelter was unsure of his age when I got him, so we aren't quite sure now 
> either. Jasper, as a rule, really dislikes other animals. Cats, dogs, he 
> shows them all who is boss. However, since we have moved to our new house in 
> mid-January, we've had a stray hanging around. Jasper, who gets out every now 
> and then even though we try not to let him, actually didn't seem to hate this 
> other cat. I saw them actually playing together which was a surprise to me. 
> This other cat kept trying to sneak IN the house and was so loving anyway 
> that we just decided to adopt him once we realized we might actually be able 
> to have another cat in the same house as Jasper (we have tried twice previous 
> with very bad results). 
> We kept this new cat (my kids are bent on calling him McFluffins) in the 
> bathroom overnight while waiting for his first vet appointment to see if he 
> would even use a litter box. I was glad to see that he did, but noticed we 
> had an issue with worms. 
> While at the vet they tested for FIV and feline leukemia. This is when we 
> found that he tested positive for feline leukemia. The vet that I spoke to 
> that day didn't really try to encourage me in making any decision, but I have 
> to admit that I thought about having him put down. I was not really willing 
> to though because I have already found that he is a very loving and wonderful 
> cat and is perfectly healthy at the moment. After asking some questions about 
> how it can progress and the implications for Jasper, I decided that we would 
> keep him. 
> We had another vet visit the day after for Jasper and the vet that we spoke 
> to that day was firm that there will be issues with the stray that we took 
> in, it is just a matter of how long until they surface. She was much less 
> hopeful than the previous vet, but nice and informative all the same. 
> Currently Jasper and the new cat are seperated as Jasper was behind on his 
> vaccinations and was never vaccinated again feline leuk. I was told that, 
> based on Jasper's age, he wasn't likely to catch it anyway, but it would be 
> worth giving anyhow. It was suggested that they be kept apart until his 
> second booster shot in a month after this one. Does anyone else have an 
> experience like this? Is it really necessary to keep them seperated? 
> I have been reading all of the posts so far but feel a little lost since I am 
> not very knowledgable on the subject, so hopefully I will catch up soon. 
> Nortina
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