I assume you are only guessing that the kitten is only 6 weeks old since you just found him out on the street....anyway, there are a lot of false positives in young kittens. I assume it was the ELISA test? I would recommend having him tested again. The vet will usually do the IFA test after the ELISA. A lot of times young kittens test positive due to exposure only and they really Aren't really FeLV+. It could very well be a false positive result.
I have several cats with neurological disorders. I do rescue and keep the ones that most people do not want. I consider that decision their loss and my gain as ALL of my neurological kitties are such sweeties and so deserving of a good life. Most of my neurological disorders cats have CH. (Cereberal Hypoplasia) I praise you for stopping to rescue this kitten, taking him to the vet and wanting the very best for him. I wish you the very best and thanks again for helping this kitten. Kim "...Saving just one pet won't change the world....but surely the world will change for that one pet..." The top ten reasons to spay and neuter your dog or cat were killed in a shelter today. -----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Fernanda Barreto Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 4:51 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [Felvtalk] Vet referral and FeLV treatment Hello all: This weekend I got lost driving in an industrial part of my town. Suddenly in the middle of the street, I see a tiny kitten. Luckily I was able to avoid hitting him, as was the car behind me. I quickly got out of my car and approached the kitten. Imagine my surprise when he willingly and eagerly came running right up to me. I scooped him up and continued on my way. I noticed when I tried to feed him that something wasn't quite right. He kept falling over and seemed very uncoordinated, even for a kitten. I took him to the emergency vet where I was told that he had some kind of neurological disorder that was presenting itself in his legs. Basically he is just going to be clumsy. The vet said it could be a static problem and not get any worse or it could be progressive, at which time we would have to discuss other options. She also recommended the FeLV/FIV test. Sadly, he came up a weak positive for FeLV. The vet said this may be the cause of the neurological disorder or the two could be unrelated. Also his pupils were not well dilated (the vet did not go on to explain what effect that has). When the vet gave me the positive results, she asked if I wanted to put him to sleep. In the mere 4 hours we had spent together, this little 6 week old kitten had won my heart and I just couldn't put him to sleep. Although he is clumsy (it's actually really cute and I believe he will soon learn to compensate for it), you really don't notice the neurological impairment unless you are looking for it; and he's happy and pain-free otherwise. But of course there is a problem. I have already have a FeLV negative cat at home and I don't want to risk exposing her. I was able to take the little guy, who we named Tommy, to my boyfriend's, but my cat and I are moving in with him in 2 months, so this likely cannot be a permanent home. So this is why I have turned to this group. I would like to take the time I have to try to get Tommy in the best health I can. I did some research and found out about Mega C plus, interferon and LTCI. I would like to speak to someone in depth about these options, but my vet just doesn't have experience in this area. 1. Does anyone know a good vet that will help treat the FeLV in the Los Angeles area - preferable Glendale/Pasadena/the San Fernando valley area. 2. If I am in successful in getting him to the point where he tests negative, can he stay with my FeLV negative cat. She's older and will likely want nothing to do with him so I am not too worried about them directly interacting. But I am worried that they may share toys or bowls. 3. Does anyone know of any rescue organizations that would take on a FeLV positive kitten? My boyfriend and I already love and adore Tommy, but we understand that we must do what is best for him. It's just confusing trying to figure out what that is. I would welcome and suggestions or advise. Thank you, Fernanda _________________________________________________________________ The New Busy is not the too busy. Combine all your e-mail accounts with Hotmail. http://www.windowslive.com/campaign/thenewbusy?tile=multiaccount&ocid=PID283 26::T:WLMTAGL:ON:WL:en-US:WM_HMP:042010_4 _______________________________________________ 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