I WOULD RATHER NOT VACCINAT MY PRIDE, BUT I DO LET THEM OUT DURING THE DAY IN 
NICE WEATHER.  WE LIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WOODS AND OUR NEIGHBORS ARE 
RACCOONS, DEER, TURKEY, SKUNKS, POSSUMS, ETC., NOT TO LEAVE OUT STRAY CATS.  WE 
ARE ALSO NEAR A RIVER WHICH MEANS MOSQUITOS AND BUFFALO NATS WHO CAN SPREAD 
HEARTWORM.  SO, MY VET SAYS NOT TO TAKE CHANCES.  ANYONE HAVE AN OPINION ON 
THAT?
---- Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote: 
> Veterinarians' views differ: My veterinarian who also practices holistic,
> herbal, nutritional medicine does not like to vaccinate FeLV or FIV positive
> cats too often due to their compromised immune systems. All vaccines are
> only 80% effective, and over-vaccinating being a strong probable reason for
> those immune diseases, it can often do more harm than help.  The problem
> with vaccinating healthy cats with the FIV vaccine is that all future tests
> will show them to be positive, whether they are or not. As I wrote before, I
> have never had any problems with mixing FIV+ cats with healthy cats, as long
> as they got along!
> In the past 18 years, I have had at least 12 FIV+ cats that gave birth to
> kittens that have never been infected and went on to live healthy and long
> lives after they were adopted. One of those cats, at age 13, developed
> cancer and the owner went all out on medical care - cat is in remission now.
> I have had a FeLV+ male cat for the past two years - I kept him separate
> because I don't like mixing FeLV and FIV together. I had the hardest time
> finding a home for him because FeLV+ cats are almost immediately killed and
> so many vets even recommend to owners that they "euthanize" their positive
> pet.  I finally decided to look around for another FeLV+ cat for
> company....it took ages; I finally found one in NJ (I'm in CT). After one
> night being in separate cages next to one another, they are sharing a nice
> large "condo" and have become the best of buddies.
> My vet always says "vaccinate according to a cat's lifestyle - if it goes
> outside, it obviously needs all the protection available; if it's an indoor
> cat, vaccinate only what is required by the state - rabies!"
> Natalie  
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Gloria B. Lane
> Sent: Friday, June 18, 2010 10:06 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] was Blind/Deaf Cat - now FIV and vets
> 
> I agree, totally.  Hooray for your vet!
> 
> 
> On Jun 18, 2010, at 7:40 PM, <dlg...@windstream.net> <dlg...@windstream.net 
>  > wrote:
> 
> > I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, THANK GOD FOR MY VET.  HE SAYS IF YOU KEEP THE  
> > NEGATIVES HEALTHY AND UP TO DATE ON SHOTS IT IS OKAY AND HE IS  
> > WILLING TO READ/LISTEN TO ANYTHING I BRING HIM.
> >
> >
> > ---- trmckel...@charter.net wrote:
> >> I couldn't agree more with you, Sharyl.   Lots of vets think PTS  
> >> first with FeLV and FIV.   I often think they just don't know any  
> >> better.  The first option my vet offered with my first FeLV+, a  
> >> beautiful blue-eyed Ragdoll, was PTS, and my vet is very  
> >> progressive.  I also said no way, Selena had already wrapped me  
> >> around her little paw :-), we'll find other options.  I found out  
> >> about LTCI via websearch, got my vets on board, and now my vets are  
> >> believers after using it to save an FIV positive male they were  
> >> pretty sure wasn't going to make it.  They wouldn't have known to  
> >> try it if I hadn't pushed it in the first place.
> >
> > Terry
> > ---- Sharyl <cline...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > =============
> > A lot depends on the age of the negative cats.  Kittens seem more  
> > susceptible.  I am one of those that has mixed positives and  
> > negatives for almost 3 yrs.  But my negatives were current on their  
> > FeLV vaccine before I started mixing and they get annual booster  
> > shots.
> >
> > It really is an individual decision.  My 1st vet wanted to PTS Sissy  
> > and Rocket just because they were FeLV+. Then she wanted to notify  
> > AC to kill all the cats in the colony I rescued them from.  Told her  
> > no way were we going to kill Sissy and Rocket and no way was I  
> > telling anyone where the colony was.  PETA is another group intent  
> > on killing all FeLV kitties.
> >
> > Some never mix and some mix very successfully.  I my case I was  
> > bringing positive kittens into a home with vaccinated adult  
> > negatives.  7 of my 8 positive kittens have now crossed the Rainbow  
> > Bridge and there has been to issues with my negative cats.
> > Sharyl
> >
> > --- On Mon, 6/14/10, brooklynnat...@charter.net
> <brooklynnat...@charter.net 
> > > wrote:
> >
> >> From: brooklynnat...@charter.net <brooklynnat...@charter.net>
> >> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Blind/Deaf Cat
> >> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> >> Cc: dlg...@windstream.net
> >> Date: Monday, June 14, 2010, 7:38 PM
> >> My vet totally discourages putting
> >> them together.  He said there is too much risk.  I
> >> have 7 other cats that are all healthy and I would love to
> >> be able to have them all be together but I'm afraid.  I
> >> wouldn't want the healthy ones to get sick.  I would
> >> feel so responsible.
> >> ---- dlg...@windstream.net
> >> wrote:
> >>> Theresa, if you felv kitty is lonely, ask your vet
> >> about mixing him with your other cats.  my veet said
> >> that as long as hey are up on their shots, it is okay and
> >> mine have been mixed for 2 years now with no problems.
> >> sure does make everyone happier.
> >>> ---- brooklynnat...@charter.net
> >> wrote:
> >>>> I live in Black Mountain NC and would be more
> >> than happy to give him a home.
> >>>> I'm really not too familiar with how things are
> >> done here but I have a male that
> >>>> I rescued from outside that has feline leukemia
> >> and I keep him separated from my
> >>>> other cats.  I'm sure he would be happy for
> >> the company.  Let me know if you
> >>>> think it might work.
> >>>>
> >>>> Theresa Palumbo
> >>>>
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