I agree with the others, stop worrying. Guess many of us have been
thru this, I certainly have. I remember putting tape at the bottom of
a door to keep the pos cat from sniffing the neg, lol. But- It's just
not that contagious. I got to the point where I mixed my pos with my
neg, and no problems. I think in general, the vet research just hasn't
been done on FELV, so we're told it's contagious.
On Oct 20, 2009, at 11:42 AM, mary (merlin) marshall wrote:
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
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
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