Hi Julie.....I hope you're feeling a little more upbeat this morning after the good advice from the list yesterday. We can certainly relate to your anxiety.
We adopted a brother and sister at 12 weeks, and after overcoming some socialization issues, we took them to be spayed/neutered at 6 months. In the pre-op bloodwork, it was discovered they were both FeLV positive. We were heartbroken, but came to this list for the advice you have received on good food, as little stress as possible,and to be on guard for the first signs of infection or abnormal health. The only time we have kept them apart has been immediately after their spay/neuter procedures for about 8 hours. They groom each other, tussle, and are together generally 24-7...of course, they are both positive, so this has colored our choice in that regard. However, you'll find plenty of others on the list who firmly believe they can be together with negative cats with no bad result. We have been giving each of our cats periodic injections of LTCI. Some on the list have used this with good results, others not so much. In consultation with our vet, and since our cats are asymptomatic, we feel it is having some positive effect on boosting their immune systems to keep them healthy. Perhaps they would be this healthy without it...we just don't know. They are now 15 months old and are both doing fine. We feed them a combination of Wellness dry, wet, and Radcat raw. Despite all the bad press out there, people here will reassure you that this diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence. Check back with the list often. Many people have used various methods to keep their little ones healthy, and they are happy to share without thinking their method is the "one and only". We're all looking for the same answers. Enjoy them, give them lots of love and attention and try to relax. If you have not established a good relationship with a vet who can support you, it's a good time to seek out that relationship. Very best wishes to you, Sara ------Original Mail------ From: "Julie Dalesio Gladnick" <juliegladn...@gmail.com> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Mon, 31 May 2010 19:26:55 -0700 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