Hi Merlin, You have already received lots of good advise. I would not be concerned about the minimal casual contact Patches had at your friends house. Most agree the virus only lives for minutes/hours outside the body.
Many of us mix positives and negatives. My negatives are vaccinated for FeLV and I have mixed them for almost 2 yrs. I won't repeat what the others have said but please tell your friend it is not nearly as contagious as some vets say. Sharyl --- On Tue, 10/20/09, mary (merlin) marshall <merlinmarsh...@yahoo.com> wrote: > From: mary (merlin) marshall <merlinmarsh...@yahoo.com> > Subject: [Felvtalk] new with questions > To: email@example.com > Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 12:42 PM > Hi, > > 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. > > Merlin > > > > > > _______________________________________________ > 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