Yes, vaccines can be damaging. The stress of keeping the cats separated can be 
damaging as well. Stress on the cats was a big factor in me mixing mine. It is 
a choice you have to make - weigh your options, talk to your vet, talk to 
others & make the decision you are comfortable with. 
At this point my negative cats are all about 9-10 years old & have other 
medical issues which will probably get them 1st. If they get FeLV I am not 
going to feel horrible or second guess myself. If they get vaccine sarcomas I 
am not going to hate myself.  They were all rescued from the streets & have all 
had lots of love & good lives.
This is a decision I am comfortable with. Everyone has to make the informed 
decision they know they will not regret.
Dont Litter, Fix Your Critter!   

--- On Thu, 10/14/10, Michelle Brockman <> wrote:

From: Michelle Brockman <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Mixing
To: " " <>
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:31 PM

Over vaccinating can also be damaging in its own right. Please everyone 
remember that.

-----Original Message-----
From: Beth
Sent: 10/14/2010 11:16:48 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Mixing
I mixed my cats on the ADVICE OF MY VET. She vaccinated my negatives, including 
my FIV+ cat every 6 months. I had 5 negatives & 5 positives who shared 
everything. I even had one cat live for many months in one room with one of my 
negatives. All negative cats have been re-tested several times over the years & 
NONE have turned positive. Including my FIV cat, who obviously had a depressed 
immune system. He lived for many years after the FeLV cats passed away.
I don't think I am a bad person for doing that. It was not a decision lightly 
reached & I took every initial precaution to make sure my negatives cats were 
I would never tell someone to mix - that is a personal decision & should be 
discussed with a vet. Before I mixed any of my cats I got my negatives 
re-vaccinated, waited 3 weeks, got them boostered, waited another week, & then 
let them mix.
Dont Litter, Fix Your Critter!<>

--- On Wed, 10/13/10, Michelle Brockman <> wrote:

From: Michelle Brockman <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Mixing
To: " " <>
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 11:54 PM

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
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 <> 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:
> [] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
> Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 5:15 AM
> To:
> 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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