You'll get a lot of good suggestion from folks on this board with tons of
experience.  I have some limited experience w. my Tucson who tested pos at
age 4 1/2 and with my Big Boy who I fed as a stray for a couple of years
before bringing him in and discovering he was positive.  Tucson is fine but
my Big Boy succumbed to cancer earlier this year.  

First off, take a deep breath!  Your friend should get Kitty with the IFA
test--that's a blood test sent out to lab.  If that comes back pos, it
confirms the SNAP test; if it does not, then you can't be certain about pos

My Tucson lived with my 3 other cats (2 of whom came in as kittens after
her) for 3 years before she was diagnosed.  She had tested neg as a very
young kitten but that can happen if test is too early.  They ate out of the
same dishes,  used the same litter boxes, groomed each other, got into those
occasional scrapes, etc.  and none of them tested post.  I got them the FELV
vacc as a precaution only after Tucson tested pos.  The 2 vets I consulted
after Tucson's test both told me it was not as contagious as some of the
literature makes it out to be.  My 2nd vet has a good deal of experience &
had absolutely no problem with continuing to mix everyone & no problem w. my
integrating Big Boy into the household.  

Your friend should get the other cats tested & shouldn't assume they all
caught it.  Whoever is neg, she should vaccinate.  As for your situation,
the virus does not live very long in the air...  My guess would be that it
would be unlikely that Patches would have caught it from this indirect
casual contact.  You can have a snap test done if it will ease your mind.

Christiane Biagi

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of mary (merlin)
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:42 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] new with questions


I've just subscribed.  My friend and I picked up a stray calico and planned
to get her spayed and adopted out.  We named her Patches.  Patches was
spayed last Thursday and tested for FIV/FeLV.  She tested negative.  We had
her vaccinated with the basics, including FeLV.  Thursday night after her
spay, she went to my friend's house to recover.  Patches was kept in a
separate bed room with her own food and water dishes that hadn't been used
by the house cats, her own litter box with fresh litter, and not allowed
contact with the house cats.  I'm not sure how good my friend was about
washing her hands between Patches and her cats.

Monday afternoon, my friend found out that her cat Kitty who had been
throwing up for a few weeks and now with depressed appetite, tested positive
for leukemia.  This was the SNAP test.  I came and picked up Patches and
took her to my house, where she is caged in my basement, separate from my
cats.  Patches was at my friend's house for 5 days.

Do I have to worry that Patches might have caught leukemia from the carpet,
bedding and cat bed in those 5 days?  The room had been used as a foster
room but in between was open so that Kitty could go in there if he wanted.
He also sometimes slept in the cat bed.  Should I continue to keep her
separate from my cats and for how long?  Do I need to retest her at some
point and when?

My own cats have been vaccinated annually against leukemia, except for Rusty
who has not been vaccinated in about 5 years.  Rusty was sick for 2 days
after her first leukemia vaccination since I have had her.  She may or may
not have been vaccinated at the shelter where I got her, so she has had at
most 2 vaccinations, and maybe only one.

As for my friend, she has 4 cats, 2 kittens, and a foster kitten.  She has
had Kitty for a year and a half to 2 years, and he probably was infected
before she got him.  She never had any of her cats tested, I doubt
vaccinated, and all of them have mixed freely.  One older cat was tested
last spring when he was brought into the house and was positive for FIV
only.  What are the chances the others are infected now?  Does it make a
difference if it is a kitten or adult?

This is heartbreaking news to both of us, and neither of us know that much
about feline leukemia except that it is very contagious and bad.



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