That's great. I love it!

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On Jan 27, 2010, at 7:08 AM, Lorrie <> wrote:

Good letter!   I'll send one too.


On 01-26, Laurieskatz wrote:
Here is what I wrote to this address:

Dear Editor:

The article about Feline Leukemia Virus by Virginia Clemans is
inconsistent with my experience and, I believe, does a great
injustice to cats diagnosed with this virus. Certainly not all cats
diagnosed with FeLV have the health issues Clemans reports. I lived
with two cats who were diagnosed with feline leukemia after I
adopted them. Stripes lived to age 16 years. Squeaky lived to age
22 years. They were robust boy cats who lived together for 15
years. They weighed 15-16 lbs. People always commented about what
big boys they were. They were playful and fully engaged in life.

Stripes had an occasional undiagnosed illness that always resolved.
Squeaky was never sick a day in his life until his final three
weeks. Squeaky died from oral cancer. We did not determine Stripes'
cause of death. My vets did not treat these cats any differently
than other cats I have had. There was no alarm sounded when their
tests came back positive. The information was given to me as part
of a routine exam. I had no idea anyone thought this was a big
deal. Certainly my vets did not think so.

I rescued two other cats who tested positive for FeLV. Ollie lived
to an old age, asymptomatic except for some dental issues at the
time he was rescued. Bella is still alive. She is a 13 lb ball of
love. She was rescued 3 years ago and was an adult cat at that
time. She was anemic and had a high fever when rescued but these
situations quickly resolved with medication treatment by an
internal medicine specialist.

Feline Leukemia does not have to be a death sentence. The kitties
who test positive should be retested as there can be false
positives (and false negatives). Their owners can find information
and support groups on the internet (yahoo offers several groups for
FeLV cat owners). In this group format they can talk to other
people who live or have lived with cats with FeLV. They can get
questions answered. They can learn about feeding a quality food,
keeping stress to a minimum and various supplements and treatments
in the event of illness. Not all the cats who test positive will be
as lucky as those I mentioned here, but there is another side to
this disease and there are many cats who survive and thrive with
this disease.

Laurie Crawford Stone
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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