I agree, my vet told us we could try the vaccine, but it would be best to get 
another felv cat. They refer the shot to people who already have more than one 
cat in there household and find out that one is infected.. so they don't have 
to 
rid of any there pets, but if you can save another felv why not?




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From: Natalie <at...@optonline.net>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thu, October 14, 2010 2:18:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Mixing

I think everyone must understand that ANY vaccine is at best only 80%
effective!

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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Michelle Brockman
Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:54 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Mixing

I would like to add that the vaccines are NOT foolproof and do not have 100%
efficacy. I have personally had 11 cats that I rescued with FeLv die a
terrible death and would never expose a healthy non-positive cat to the
virus knowingly, regardless of how many people may have been lucky with
mixing so far. The virus can be spread through saliva which means continual
shared eating and drinking quarters and grooming. It can also be passed on
in litterboxes so it isn't just fighting you have to consider. I am a very
positive person and love all animals regardless of their infliction but
could never imagine why anyone would want to risk endangering their other
pets, vaccine or not.


-----Original Message-----
From: Melinda Kerr
Sent: 10/14/2010 1:37:27 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Mixing
I'm sorry for your loss. I've only had my Fuji for a little over a year and
every time I think about losing her it breaks my heart. Thank you for
sharing.

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On Oct 14, 2010, at 9:08 AM, Frank & Sue Koren <fs...@roadrunner.com> wrote:

> I had 6 negative cats when Buzzy came to me.  He tested positive in
January
> of 2008.  At that time Casper was about 4 years old.  I had all my
positive
> cats vaccinated and released Buzz into the general population in April of
> 2008.  In July I took in another positive and in September still another
> positive. Buzzy died in November of anemia, a common FeLV problem.  I kept
> all the negative cats up to date on their vaccines.  In December of 2009
> Casper started sneezing quite a bit.  He went through a round of
antibiotics
> and got better for a while but then the sneezing came back and he was on
> meds again.  Some time in February he just didn't seem like himself and I
> took him to the vet again.  That was when they decided to test him for
> feline leukemia.  He was positive, anemic and I lost him in April of 2010.
> I am fairly sure he started out negative because whenever I bring another
> cat into the household the first thing I do is take them to the vet to be
> checked out.  Others here have said that in spite of that he was probably
> positive when I brought him into my home, but he spent about two years
with
> me before he was ever exposed to a FeLV+ cat. I believe that if I had
never
> mixed my positives and negatives Casper would still be alive.
> I'm sorry to be the one with the bad news, but it is better to understand
> that there is a risk and that feline leukemia is a horrible and dangerous
> disease.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
> Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:15 AM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Mixing
>
> OK,  I know I am going to get some really strong opinions on this one.
> What I really want is positive feedback from people who have mixed
positives
> and negatives.  My Fuji contacted her FeLV from her mom and it didn't show
> up on her initial test.  We did not know she was positive until a
> mediastinal mass developed when she was almost a year old.  She now
receives
> chemo and is doing really well. Since her first treatment in July, she has
> never shown any signs of being sick.
>
> Today, I "rescued" a stray that I thought for certain would be positive.
>  However, the initial test was negative.  I have the cats separated and
> intend to vaccinate as soon as one of my vets gets the vaccine in.  They
> have been introduced to each other and seem as though they will get along
> quite well.  Fuji is not a fighter and I cannot see her biting him.
Neither
> of my vets seem to think that mixing them will be a problem.
>
> I read the old threads and saw that many of you have mixed with great
> results.  I did not see any stories of mixing where a vaccinated negative
> became positive.  I'm looking for stories of success or failure.  Please
> share your stories!
>
> Thanks,
> Melinda, Fuji and Shadow
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