Hi Heather, I also do TNR so I know where you're coming from. We actually had this same situation happen to us a couple months ago with our 5 mo old kitten we plucked from a colony that tested 'light' positive. We only test ferals if we can find them a home (like kittens). Anyway, our vet said that since we were keeping her indoors and secluded it would be best to NOT spay her until we retest in 2 months because the spay and vaccines WOULD weaken the immune system further. And if she did test postive after the the 2 months he suggested not spaying her at all and just keeping her indoors. Thankfully she tested negative after the two months and did get spayed but the urgency from the vet was to not do anything that would 'shock' her system and make her immune system weaker. Hope this helps!
Michelle Brockman "It is when we forget ourselves that we do the things which will be remembered" > Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:15:43 -0400 > From: furrygi...@gmail.com > To: email@example.com > Subject: [Felvtalk] FIV/FELV teen awaiting retest, in heat--Do we spay? > > Hello, > > Seeking input...we have a beautiful young Siamese rescue kitty who tested > FIV/FELV positive (the FELV was that controversial "light" positive) and is > awaiting retest, of course we did not want to stress her immune system so > were waiting to spay her (just found her a couple of weeks ago) but I was > worried this would likely happen, she is in heat. I would guess that is > also a stress to her system, but am not really sure what we should do. > > I am a rescuer & highly involved with feral cats/TNR so spay/neuter is > always a priority but of course the hopes of clearing the FELV is right now > the biggest hope for this little girl's life....any input is appreciated. I > asked my vet and she really wasn't certain what to advise & is going to get > back to me. > > Thanks! > > Heather > _______________________________________________ > 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