You will receive wonderful advise from this board....much better than I can give you. My story is that a wonderful throw-away showed up at Mom's. Due to some problems (read two dead cats at two different vets) in a very short time, I took the little girl to my personal vets (Middletown Animal Clinic) in Louisville, KY to be spayed and taken to my farm. Dixie, as she soon became known, was FELV+. Greg Bishop called with the blood test results and you could hear his heart in his mouth. I knew nothing about FELV but he and Steve Koehler talked me through it. We came up with a way to keep Dixie that involved me sleeping in a garage with her at my mother's, then moving her to a single wide then to a farm house + a home in Louisville. She was my darling for three years, healthy and happy until a little bite before she left this world and broke my heart. She had everything......All of this is to say, don't listen to the people who tell you there is no quality of life....I promise you, no cat lived the life Dixie lived. Don't watch a calendar....we all start dying the minute we take our first breath and no one knows when we will leave this world.....Don't have wonderful lives in your hands. Learn from them. Accept them. Let them give to you and, in turn, give to them. I give credit to my holistic vet, Betty Boswell, for helping keep Dixie health and happy. Between Middletown Animal Clinic and Betty I had the best of all support. If you have a holistic vet, please contact her/him for support. For me, a mixture of styles work. You have to chose. Dixie left this world in June 2008. In July, over a period of two weeks, Dixie sent me two very healthy kittens from the pine thicket she came from. Copper and Thomas Cougar live with me now and have taken my grief and turned it to joy.

Listen to the people on this board who have faced this time and time again. I have once. I don't ever want to again because it is an awful thing. However, had either boy been FELV+ or if any future kitten/cat comes my way with this problem.......well, we'll get through it together.
On Nov 4, 2009, at 5:00 PM, Sara Kasteleyn wrote:

Hello..I'm new to the group.  I am a bit embarrassed about posting and
asking for your expertise.  Each of the postings I have read seems to
indicate you are all actively involved in opening your hearts and homes to rescue kittens, and my little FeLV+ family was recently purchased from a breeder. My husband and I have had rescue cats and kittens all our lives, and recently we fell in love with two Bengal kittens, brother and sister, from a local breeder. We purchased them and once home, realized we had major socialization issues to overcome, new to us. We have no other pets. Once having (almost) mastered that, with a great sense of accomplishment we took them to our "office" vet (our regular vet has a housecall practice) for their spaying and neutering procedures. During the pre-op blood work, it was discovered they are both FeLV positive. We were devastated, as my only experience with the disease quite some time ago was not at all positive. A lot has taken place in the field since that earlier experience, and I'm trying to educate myself on this disease, so please correct me where I don't understand what I'm talking about. The first test (is this what is meant by the "snap" test?), indicated the presence of FeLV, and a subsequent test sent out to a lab on the blood serum also indicated the presence of FeLV. An additional blood test determined the disease is not in the bone marrow of
either kitten at this time.  They will be 8 months old mid-November.

I began a web search which brought me to this group, and also introduced me to LTCI, which we started last weekend. At this point in time, they are in generally excellent health, very energetic, and have good appetites (the male will only eat RadCat organic raw turkey, the female is eating Wellness wet.both eat Wellness kitten kibble). They both have indications of gum disease, something I understand is not unusual with this diagnosis, and the male very infrequently has a cough that sounds like a hairball, but is not productive. An X-ray during his neuter procedure indicated nothing unusual, but it concerns me, primarily now because I'm waiting for the other shoe to
drop since the FeLV+ diagnosis.

Given the background above, in addition to the LTCI, would any of you
suggest other steps we might take to assure these little kittens stay as
healthy as possible for as long as possible?  Many thanks.

Sara F Kasteleyn

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