Hi- A couple weeks ago I posted about a foster cat (Oscar) I took in that tested positive on the SNAP test and negative on the IFA test for FeLV. Prior to the SNAP test, I had kept him mostly confined but occasionally let him out supervised. The last time I let him out, he suddenly attacked a nursing foster cat I have named Simone. The fight lasted only about 30 seconds before I broke it up, but I was bit in the process by Oscar, so I know he was trying to bite Simone. I examined her then and after Oscar tested positive (about five days later) and did not detect any bite marks or puncture wounds. She tested negative, but I've had her confined ever since pending a re-test. That was about three weeks ago and she was tested on Sept. 28, so she was not scheduled to be retested for at least a couple more weeks.
I read that FeLV is not usually infectious until about stage five. Oscar tested negative on the IFA so I had hoped that even if he did bite Simone, he was not shedding the virus. Well, Simone has now developed persistent diarrhea the past week and a half, which I read can be a symptom of the acute phase of infection. I had her stool tested a week ago for coccidia (which Oscar also had) and they did NOT detect coccidia. I've been feeding her a diet of boiled chicken and brown rice/pasta with lots of lysine and vitamins mixed in to boost her immune system, but the diarrhea persists. I have a vet appt. for her this morning to have her examined. My question is if there is anything that can be done for a recently infected cat to help them fight off the virus? Also, if Simone is infected with FeLV, the chances are likely her kittens will have it as well, no? She has four 5-week old kittens and is surrogate nursing one 3-week old kitten. None show any symptoms and appear to be healthy and robust kitties, however, I read that cats infected as kittens are most likely to be viremic and go on to develop the disease FeLV. In that case, my vet recommends euthanization. There is a rescue with a shelter local to me that has a room for FeLV+ cats, but they have a waiting list four cats deep right now and I don't know how long it would be to get in five kittens! Also, I am told that viremic cats rarely live past 2-3 years of age. I'm trying to think positive thoughts, but all the worrying, guilt and "what-ifs" is just agonizing. Your thoughts? Rachel _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org