Next time a doc warns you of some possibility of an off the wall disease that you could get ask him if the risk is greater or less than the risk of you getting hurt in an automobile accident while driving to his office.... He probably won't give you an answer but watch the expression on his face... The risk in a car accident is hundreds or thousands of time more likely than many
things that we worry about...
Tad

Heather wrote:

Oops, correction, people are often misinformed by their human doctors.   My
vet said she can't believe some of the things people tell her that their
have doctors told them.

On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Heather <furrygi...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi,

I think you are referring to Toxoplasmosis, I too wondered if perhaps Julie
was misinformed and that was what she was referring to as I know of no
reasons that any human being around an FELV+ cat is a problem.

For anecdoctal value, I am somewhat immune compromised and have cared for a
Toxo+ cat with no problems.  I mentioned to my vet how sad it is, the # of
people misinformed by their vets who think that pregnant women must get rid
of their cats and she agreed--she is a very cautious person and has had 2
babies of her own in the last 3 years, she said she even scooped her own
litterboxes (not to mention all she does at their cat only vet practice).
She indicated that it takes something like 48 hrs. for toxo to even begin to
develop after a cat has defecated (something like this) so it's mostly a
risk for people who don't keep their boxes clean.

Anyway, I would never want to steer anyone wrong so hopefully someone else
will pipe in, but to my knowledge there is no reason for anyone, pregnant,
baby or otherwise, to worry about being around an FELV+ kitty.

Julie, you obviously care about these kitties very much and it is to be
commended!  I do resecue and all we seem to hear day in and day out is
people who are NOT willing to even do the smallest thing to help a cat in
need, let alone all you are doing.

Wishing you the best with these special babies!  Please do post the test
results.

Heather

 On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 12:24 AM, Tad Burnett <tadburn...@vermontel.net>wrote:

There is a disease that pregnant women can get from the litter box
cleaning...
It is very rare and I think you have to stick your fingers in your mouth
after
handling litter in order to get it...
I don't think it has anything to do with FeLV....
It can cause brain damage to the fetus if you should get it and that is
why
some doctors make such a big deal about it.... But if you wash your hands
after cleaning litter box or wear gloves or even better get daddy to do
litter
duty than it is almost impossible that you will get it....

Tad


Julie Dalesio Gladnick wrote:

Hi Tad-
Thank you so much for your supportive words.  I am so sorry to hear about
your girl kitty, but it certainly does bring some perspective and
reality.
I think I will take your advice and let them be together at least until
the
second test; they are so much happier.  I guess my hesitancy is that I
don't
think I could deal if they both were positive.  Then again, I never
imagined
dealing with either of them facing this.  Do anyone have any info on
pregnant woman or babies and FeLV cats?  I've obviously read that they
should not be together, but does anyone have actual experience?  I've
been
finding that a lot of info online tends to be pretty negative.

Thanks again, I feel truly grateful.

On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 8:40 PM, Tad Burnett <tadburn...@vermontel.net
wrote:

Hi Julie
You have come to the right place... We all have a similar story to
tell...
Your story is exactly like mine.. Two black and white tux kittens.. Boy
was
pos
and girl was neg... I didn't have room to separate them and the vet
advised
that
she surely she had been exposed and she might be one of the few that
have a
strong natural immunity or else she wouldgo pos at some time later...
Anyway
she got vaccinated but not separated....
The 2 were very close and played together all the time.. I remember
thinking
how sad it was going to be when the pos one got sick and passed on
leaving
her....
As fate would have it the neg one stopped eating one evening after only
a
month...
Took her to the vet 1st thing in the morning and she got some emergenct
treatment
but she died while still at the vets in the middle of the morning....
The vet said it was FIP... The point is there are many things that can
take a cat
early... My pos boy lived on for seven years... During his life I got
hms
several
other pos kitties and most of the he out lived too...
There is also a good chance that the 1st test is a false pos... Do get
that 2nd test
and we will all hope for the best...
If it were me I would let the stay together... Keep them happy and no
stress...
Feed them a good quality food and have a vet that approves of keeping a
pos
kitty
and will give you an appointment in very short time if you think
something
is wrong..
They may have a weak immune system and need antibiotics quickly...
FeLV+ kitties seem to know that you are taking special care of them and
are extra
loving in return....

Tad



Julie Dalesio Gladnick wrote:

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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