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.

--- 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: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> 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

Reply via email to