Hi, Iva -- I'm so sorry you lost little Kiera. But that sounds like the right decision to make for her.
But for Becca -- you are absolutely right not to kill a healthy cat. You've taken the proper precautions with the other kitties. Others on this list have discovered "too late" that one of their cats is positive, and still their healthy cats have not caught FeLV. You're right, an FeLV+ cat is not a hotbed of infection to healthy, vaccinated adult cats. I think probably a lot of people on this list will advise you to run screaming from a vet who advises euthanizing a cat "just in case." You don't have to justify your decision not to kill Becca to anyone including the vet. If she's not good with that, and will not use this as an opportunity to get up to speed on FeLV (and continues to tell people to kill healthy cats!) you should really look for another vet. You can call around and ask the vets' philosophy on FeLV. Good luck with Becca. I know you'll get lots of good advice on this list. Diane R. -----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Iva Lark Emily Seaberg Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 11:51 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [Felvtalk] Introduction - Rebecca My 2 year old cat Rebecca (Becca) was diagnosed with FeLV on Friday. A brief history: I adopted Becca, along with another kitty Katherine, from PetSmart when they were a few months old. They had both been tested FeLV negative. But I did notice that a week after I brought them home Becca developed large lymph nodes around her neck that disappeared in a few weeks. I thought nothing of it and thought maybe she was fighting something off. They both came home with ringworm so the vet and I assumed Becca was just reacting to it pretty badly. Almost a year later I adopted two kittens (Kiera and Casanova) from my neighbor, both FeLV negative. Shortly after I brought them home and around the time they both got spayed/neutered at the SPCA one of them (Kiera) developed the same swollen lymph nodes. Well, a few months ago Kiera was diagnosed with FeLV and was in the end stages. She was only 11 months old. I had no choice but to put her to sleep. By the time she was diagnosed she already had several large tumors in her body, had stopped eating, and one of the tumors was blocking her intestines. There was no hope for her. It was extremely hard to take as she was the only furbaby I had really bonded with at that point. Well the vet said to wait a few months and test my remaining kitties. We still have no idea how they got it, but I wonder if it happened at PetSmart or the SPCA? They are all indoor cats and have never been exposed to other kitties outside of those two experiences. Anyway, we tested my three remaining cats and one was positive. She has no symptoms aside from some bad gum inflammation. She's fairly healthy and extremely active. The vet recommended I put her to sleep to protect the other cats. I initially agreed and the appt is scheduled for tomorrow. However, after researching and looking around it appears that 1. If the other cats haven't caught it by now chances are they might not. The sick kitty is 2 years old, the healthy kitties are 2 years old and 15 months old. 2. I had the healthy kitties vaccinated against FeLV on the vet's recommendation and think that after they get their boosters the odds might be even slimmer of them getting infected. For now I have isolated Becca to my master bedroom/bathroom. I was planning on releasing her in three weeks after the other two kitties get their booster shots. Am I making the right call? If I put Becca to sleep and the others eventually test positve then I will be crushed! But I don't want to continue to risk them either. It looks like based on my research it is rare for adult cats to get FeLV, and if they have already been exposed for so long (over a year) and are currently negative then aren't the odds good? I have to call the vet tomorrow to cancel the euthanasia and ask for some antibiotics instead, and I want to have some good reasons to give her for my change of heart, along with some good documentation she can research. I figure I can always use the next three weeks to think the decision through but if I put her down I can't take it back. I don't know how much longer I'd have with her... but doing this when she is so healthy just doesn't sit with me. I should add, I got these four kitties to replace my last kitty, who died from Renal Failure. He was given a few months to live and lived for three years under my care. I'm not afraid of a little work if it means quality of life for her and more time together with minimal risk to my other angels. Help?? Iva _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org