Suggestion: Fix her a secure kennel outside. I put up a 12x12x6 foot kennel with a topper (anything, including a tarp, will work. I used left over chain link). Daddy had a piece of ductwork fixed so Ebony and Mi Tu could go to a window in a bath, go through a pet door, walk out in the ductwork and down a ramp into a kennel fitted with plastic milk crates and other "toys." Both cats were FeLV-, healthy and wonderful. Ebony had been a street cat until about age 3 +. He became a yard cat then an inside outside cat then he and I moved and he needed to be an inside cat with a play area. The cost was less than $300 and I rested secure in the knowledge that Ebony (who was getting older) and Mi Tu (who had never lived inside) had a safe place to go.

If you just let her go you are endangering other cats she may come into contact with. You may be subjecting her to a painful death too. If she becomes sick, other animals will prey on her. I'll leave the details to you. I don't tell you this to scare you but to be sure you realize what you may be doing. Dixie was grown when she can into my life. She was FeLV+ and very alone. She became a garage cat then a house trailer cat then a two house cat who had everything. I thought about just letting her go but could not do that to the other cats that depended on me.......nor could I face what might happen to her. We live in the country with dogs, coyotes, hawks and.....well, you get the idea.

With a lot of stress-reducers, your little one will adjust. Actually, getting a companion who is FELV+ may be the best answer.

On Sep 17, 2010, at 4:33 PM, Melinda Kerr wrote:

Hello all,

I haven't really posted much and I've never actually shared my story. I will be brief now and say that I have a 15 month young kitty who is FeLV positive and receiving Chemo for mediastinal lymphoma. The problem is, she doesn't know that she is supposed to be sick. At this time there are no outward signs of illness. She was allowed outside for a couple of hours at a time, never overnight and always staying close to home. Now, I try to limit her to outside time with close supervision. However, she has started to push the boundaries and is running and hiding from me. I know she is trying to play with me and alleviate some of her boredom. She spends the day begging to go out, crying meee ooooutttt, all day long. She races us to the door and bites at our ankles to try to get out. I'm faced with the decision of "just letting her go" because her quality of life seems to depend on it. She is otherwise quite content. I am leaning toward giving her more outside time and dealing with the consequences. Her chances at a long life are very limited anyway and I feel that I should try to make her happy.

Am I wrong to feel this way?

Melinda and Fuji

On Sep 18, 2010, at 2:52 AM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Yes, Natalie. I have one little lady who is a "rehabilitated feral." She raised a litter of kittens down by the creek. Some kind people trapped them and found homes for thekittens, but no one wanted mama cat. She's a lovely brushed coat calico. She is sweet as pie, and Never offers to run out the door. The look she gives is, "Been there, done that, don't want it!" She has her quirks (who doesn't?) but is a very loving companion.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Natalie" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 5:54 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

I would advise the not tempt fate by letting him out again. Use
some Feliway spray or plug-in to de-stress their/his environment!
Re: feral cats - 90% of the cats that I trap are feral! I don't release them; all of them adapt perfectly to living indoors - some have absolutely no desire to use their outdoor enclosure, they must be so happy to have a roof over their heads! Most become tame and are adopted, for some it happens too late and they're too old for anyone wanting them - couch potatoes,

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Cougar Clan
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 8:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
Importance: High

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

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

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.
Thank you!
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