There is no rhyme or reason for who fights the virus off & who doesn't...  
Don't assume she'll automatically become positive.  My youngest 2 cats were 
with my Tucson as kittens before I knew she was positive.  They were kittens 
from the street & though not in horrendous shape, they hadn't eaten the best of 
food & had the best of lives when they were out there.  They shared litter 
boxes, ate out of each other's dishes, groomed each other, etc & neither caught 
the virus.  Its not as easily transmitted as some of the literature 
says--though clearly, a kitten is much more vulnurable.  

Basically, FELV is not an automatic death sentence.  I've had 2 who proved 
that.  But again, any infection can take kittens...  

-----Original Message-----
>From: Julie Dalesio Gladnick <>
>Sent: May 31, 2010 11:10 PM
>Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] needing support
>Thank you so much, Kathi- I'm needing as much support as I can get.  I love
>these two more than anything and can't stand thinking about them in pain.
>Yes, they have been playing and grooming each other for 7 weeks; I'm hoping
>that the test was faulty, because if not, it sounds like Maggie will soon be
>infected, as well.  I can't stand waiting, yet that's all I seem to be able
>to do right now.  I have them separated currently, as well, which both they
>and me are hating.  Thanks again for your support.
>On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 8:05 PM, Kathi Clark <>wrote:
>> Julie,
>> I, too, freaked out when I found out my new kitty was positive.  She lives
>> in a my household with 4 other cats and as far as I know, none of the others
>> have been infected.  I do get each one of them (except for the + one) FeLV
>> boosted every year.  She's now 4 years old and is a fun, playful cat with no
>> signs of sickness.  You need to just try to relax because you may not have
>> that much need for concern.  If you get the girl vaccinated and then boosted
>> every year, they may be able to live together for the rest of their lives.
>>  His second test could be negative.  She may be negative because there
>> wasn't that much physical contact between the two?  Mine, that is FeLV
>> positive, played intensely with one of my young boy kitties and he tested
>> positive; however, I kept them separated and 6 weeks later, he tested
>> negative and, as far as I know, he is still negative.  This was 4 years ago
>> and my healthy ones show no signs of disease.  Good luck and try not to get
>> too upset.  Just relax and enjoy them.
>> Kathi
>> > Date: Mon, 31 May 2010 19:26:55 -0700
>> > From:
>> > To:
>> > Subject: [Felvtalk] needing support
>> >
>> > Hi there-
>> >
>> > I don't know if this is the right place, but I am hoping for some
>> feedback.
>> > I recently adopted two kittens, a brother and sister. At 7 weeks, I had
>> > them tested for FeLV. The boy kitty is positive but the girl kitty is
>> > negative. Is that even possible? They have been living together for 7
>> > weeks; wouldn't she be positive if he was at this point? I am taking them
>> > both in tomorrow so he can be re-tested with the IFA and she can be
>> > vaccinated. I am absolutely devastated. I am in love with both of these
>> > kitties and am looking for some hope. My boy kitty is active and playful,
>> > though he has had a little diarrhea today and is eating a little less.
>> I'm
>> > totally freaked out. I am keeping the two apart, which is also killing
>> me,
>> > because they are such a comfort for each other. Does anyone know what my
>> > odds are for his second test being negative? Is is weird that she's
>> > negative? If he is positive, do I have to keep them apart forever? If we
>> > have a baby and he is positive, do we have to get rid of him? I can't
>> even
>> > bare thinking of all of this, as he snuggles on my tummy purring while I
>> > type. Any advice, support, guidance is sincerely appreciated.
>> >
>> > --
>> > -Julie
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