if she was tested on the new HW/FIV/FeLV test, you cannot trust the
result. find a vet who has a stock of the old, FIV/FeLV-only test--if
you can find one, and retest NOW. in checking with MANY rescues and
shelters across the country, we have only found one true positive in
any cat tested with the new test: way below the natural distribution.

if you do that, the rest of your questions will be moot.


here's the info on the faint/slight positives, directly from IDEXX,
who held the exclusive patent on the SNAP technology til last november
(tho i'm not sure how come there were cheaper, less accurate tests out
there...) http://tinyurl.com/No-Faint-Positives

a cat doesn't clear the virus so much as not truly become
infected--the ELISA and IFA test for exposure (antigens), not
infection (antibodies).

send your vet this link (after thanking her PROFUSELY for caring
enough to look into it): http://tinyurl.com/AAFP-Retrovirus-Guidelines

she sounds like a great vet, and she'll probably check out the merck
veterinary manual that talks about how many cats do NOT remain
viremic. i've posted that before, so an archive check will bring it up.

some folks think that the stress of pregnancy and nursing is much
greater on a FeLV mom than that of spaying. but first you need to find
out if she's REALLY testing positive for exposure.

have you all read the guidelines about testing/re-releasing true
FIV/FeLV positives? many TNR groups no longer bother testing, they
just treat all asymptomatic cats as that: healthy cats. last time i
looked it up, i just did it through a search engine.

wordy as ever,
Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors!
Maybe That'll Make The Difference....

Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue (www.purebredcats.org)
Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team)

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM, Heather <furrygi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Seeking input...we have a beautiful young Siamese rescue kitty who tested
> FIV/FELV positive

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