Hi Chris, Again, thank you for your support and experience. I had cats all my life growing up, and this is my first experience with FELV, so I am certainly still learning. I certainly am waiting (and praying) for the IFA tomorrow. He's a tough little guy and I have to keep believing in him. Do you think I should keep the kittens away from each other? I feel like they hate it; they have been together every day since this morning. I'm not sure one day will change all of the exposure they've already had with each other, but I'm still afraid of risking her getting infected. Thanks again; Wish I had found the group 3 days ago!
On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 8:12 PM, Chris <ti...@mindspring.com> wrote: > You are definitely in the right place! You'll get lots of good ideas > here... As someone owned by 3 FELV - & 1 FELV+ cat, I can understand how > frightening this all is. My Tucson is 8 + years old & I've had her since > she's a kitten. I never seperated them & no one has turned pos in all these > years. My Tucson had a neg Elissa (snap) test when she was a kitten & had > pos 4 years later--go figure! I had one other cat, Romeo, who I took in > after feeding him as a stray for a couple of years. He was the oldest cat & > lived w. me for several years, healthy & happy--sadly he succumbed to > lymphoma last fall. > > You might want to wait a bit for the IFA--its always possible he fights the > virus off. As for risk to humans, there is absolutely none. FELV is a > virus that suppresses cat's immune system--pos cats don't ever die from the > virus but they are much more prone to succumb to any sort of infections or > some forms of cancer. W. kittens, the riskiest things are upper respiratory > or urine tract infections or gum infections, etc. > > There are folks on this group who have used interferon & some other > experimental drugs. I have not though when my Tucson has had a couple of > bouts with really low white blood cell counts, my vet gave her some shots of > immuno regulin. Tucson could never handle more invasive sorts of > treatments--its just her personality. I give them all some decent food, > they're all inside cats & other than the occasional tussles among each > other, they lead a pretty stress free life! > > -----Original Message----- > >From: Julie Dalesio Gladnick <juliegladn...@gmail.com> > >Sent: May 31, 2010 10:26 PM > >To: email@example.com > >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 > >_______________________________________________ > >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 > -- -Julie _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org