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,


------Original Mail------
From: "Julie Dalesio Gladnick" <juliegladn...@gmail.com>
To: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
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.

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