the virus is very fragile outside the warm, welcoming body of a cat. the recent research about the virus remaining active in dried secretions for longer than was originally thought is interesting, but really doesn't mean much: unless someone can explain how a virus in a dried secretion is going to be isolated, rehydrated, and introduced into the bodily fluids of another cat, in sufficient amounts to equal, "persistent, prolonged" contact.
ie, the, "when it dries, it dies" bromide, while not technically 100 percent, remains the basic guideline. bleach on hard surfaces, maybe shampooing upholestery and cat trees--more than adequate. and if you vaccinate the new kitty, you can always have positives, too! MC -- Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors! Maybe That'll Make The Difference.... MaryChristine Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue (www.purebredcats.org) Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team) _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org