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 happened.
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, www.catvets.com. 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? MC On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Stray Cat Alliance < stray_cat_allia...@hotmail.com> wrote: > > Respectfully, I disagree. > > > > Quoting from this article, > http://www.castawaycritters.org/info/display.php?PageID=157 > > -- 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