Some will disagree but, if you can, keeping Lucky inside will help keep him healthy at his age even w/o the FeLV issue. There are some ferals who hang out at Mom's that are in that age group and I worry about them. They can't be touched but are very wonderful cats. I live trapped them to s/n but they would totally stress out in a house. Lucky has settled down into a house routine as some other ferals of mine have. Don't tempt fate by letting him out again. (MHO)

On Sep 16, 2010, at 11:01 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Thanks, Tanya, that is helpful information.
Lucky is between 11 and 13 yrs. My other cats are: 14, 9 and 7. I keep my cats _strictly_ indoors. Lucky would have to adapt to that life, or show me he will stay only in my yard (which, at his age, he might do). Thanks for the info on IFA -- I will request that. My main fears are(1) food and water dish sharing, and (2) litter box sharing. I keep one box per cat, but that does not mean each cat uses its own box. So I suspect there is "box sharing." And I know that they eat indiscriminately from the dishes. ----- Original Message ----- From: "TANYA NOE" < >
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

How old are your other cats? Cats develop some natural immunity with age. After the age of 1-3 they become less likely to develop FeLV. If vaccinated and over 3 the risk is there but small. How old is the cat that tested positive? If under a year there is a good chance the cats body can rid itself of the virus. I would wait 6 weeks and retest the cat again regardless of age and see if it still shows positive. You can also do an IFA which tests to see if the virus has settled into the bone marrow. Once in the marrow it cannot be eliminated from the body. I have a 14 year old negative cat and a 2 year old positive cat. I do not separate them, there is still a small risk allowing them together but I vaccinate the negative one and cross my fingers. I don't know if I have ever seen anyone on here post that a neg turned pos from mixing, again though still a risk.

Hope this helps,

--- On Thu, 9/16/10, Natalie <> wrote:

From: Natalie <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 2:55 PM
All vaccines are only about 80%
effective....I really don't have much
experience with this because I have two very healthy
FeLV+ cats, living
separately from others. But I would think that if
retested, being only a
"weak positive", maybe the cat will be negative! It
seems to have been
really run down, the immune system was definitely
compromised, fighting an
infection, fleas....Good luck! Natalie

-----Original Message-----
On Behalf Of Debbie Bates
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

Bonnie, it got through! Hang in there for just a
bit....there are many
extremely well informed members who will have any and all
information you
need! I am not dealing with any felv cats, but come
here often so that I
stay informed....

"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience
them." - Kahlil

> From:
> To:
> Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
> This e-mail got bounced back to trying one
more time.
> ----- Original Message ----- > From: Bonnie Hogue
> To:

> Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
> Subject: New to Feline Leukemia
> It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
> My mom has a "heart cat" named Lucky. She's disabled
and no longer living
at home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is
unwell and
struggling. I went over to feed the cats during her
hospitalization and
Lucky did not look good. I took him to the vet: bad fleas,
possible infected
eye and nose, and tested "weak positive" for feline
leukemia. This makes my
plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real
challenge. The vet
said I could get my three cats vaccinated "providing 80%
Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom,
taking antibiotics
(what a good cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure out
how to make this
work, longer term.
> Ideas???
> Thank you!
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