Stephanie, as others have already said it is a very personal decision. IMO a lot depends on the ages of your negative cats. If they are adults and vaccinated with the one month booster I'd have no issues with mixing. Over the last 4 yrs I have rescued 10 FeLV+ kittens. My negative cats were adults and current on their vaccine. They played together, ate together and drank from the same water bowels with no problems.
>From what I could tell the kittens all got FeLV from their Mommas. I lost the >last ones this summer. They were 4 yrs old. I am now fostering 6 kittens. Since kittens are more susceptible I will not take in any positive kitties. We each do what is best for our own situation. What is important is to love them and provide a stress free environment for these special angels. Sharyl --- On Mon, 12/6/10, Stephanie (Merkel) Sherry <steph.she...@yahoo.com> wrote: > From: Stephanie (Merkel) Sherry <steph.she...@yahoo.com> > Subject: [Felvtalk] Question About Inegrating Positive and Negative Cats > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Date: Monday, December 6, 2010, 2:01 PM > Hi Everyone, > > I am new to this site and new to the world of FELV. My > husband and I recently > took in a stray kitten, Magic, who had been coming into our > yard and on our > porch. We've had her inside and separated from our FELV > negative cats for six > weeks now and love her dearly. > > At her first vet appt about five week ago she tested > positive on two different > snap tests. She also recently tested positive on the IFA > test. Magic is about > five months old and is healthy (other than FELV), active, > growing and gaining > weight, loves to play and is the sweetest girl. For now, > she lives in our > master bedroom separated from our other cats. > > One of the vets at my practice suggested it was possible to > integrate her with > our other cats if we had them all vaccinated. She did > tell me that the vaccine > isn't 100% so there was some risk to our other cats. > Right now, I do not feel > like is the option for me as it doesn't seem fair to > expose my FELV negative to > cats to the risk of the vaccine itself or exposure to > her. However, I thought I > would ask if anyone has gone this route and what their > experience has been. The > vet who suggested this to me isn't the vet I usually see > and I am waiting for my > regular vet to come back to work later this week. > > Assuming we don't integrate her with the other cats, she is > currently living in > our bedroom. She doesn't seem unhappy and while it's not > an ideal set-up for > us, it is something we could manage long term. I struggle > with what is fair for > her - to stay with us where we love her so much, but her > space is limited or to > find her a home where she can have more space and possibly > time with her > owners. If she stays with us in our bedroom, should we > still vaccinate our > other cats as a precaution? > > Any thoughts or experience anyone has on either of these > issues would be greatly > appreciated. > > Thanks, > Stephanie > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org