sorry, but that's not what happens in the real world. for years, we've been
trying to get research done in sanctuaries that actually have populations to
test, but as there's no money in it for phamaceutical companies, it hasn't

in real life, FIVs throw off FeLV just as the 70% of non-FIVs do. once a cat
tests positive for FIV (using the western blot), it is NOT fighting off the
virus, but is persistenly infected. additionally as the vast majority of
FIVs spent time on the streets, the odds that they've already been exposed
to FeLV is great. FIV cats generally live near-normal lifespans, regardless
of whom they live with.

to be honest, no cat that tests positive for FeLV should be placed with
other FeLVs until it's had enough time to be retested--because that new cat
could very well be testing positive while its.body is processing out the
virus, so exposing it to different strains in a FeLV-only environment is
hardly the best place for it.

as for following aafp guidelines, that would mean that no FeLV or FIV would
EVER BE KILLED on the basis of a single test, and that is something that
happens every single day.
also, the aafp has updated its testing and management guidelines--the one in
this article is the 2001 version. the new one is available on their website,

70% of adult cats exposed to FeLV will not remain persistently viremic--Mr
Kortis' comments are not based in reality. but it's hard to tell when this
article was written, and since dr levy and others have started doing
research with FeLVs again, much has change

i'm also unclear about how his statements work for TNR: the article mentions
how many groups no longer test; but it sounds as if a colony shows up with a
FeLV member, and FIV members, that the FIVs won't be returned to the colony?
or will the FeLVs--the low percentage in well-managed colonies, as noted--be
taken out and killed?


On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Stray Cat Alliance <> wrote:

> Respectfully, I disagree.
> Quoting from this article,
Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors!
Maybe That'll Make The Difference....

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