My FIV cat lived on and off for 10 years with FeLV cats & never got it. Of 
coarse he was vaccinated.
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From: Maureen Olvey <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:18:40 
To: <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Any advice appreciated.

Matter of fact, I have an FIV + cat living with me that hasn't contracted the 
FeLV.  I'm not quite sure how that has happened because he should have gotten 
it right away.  I'm going to have him tested a couple more times over the next 
few months to be sure.  Maybe FeLV isn't as contagious as they say.  I'm still 
shaking my head on that one.

“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are 
profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain

> Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 14:26:53 -0700
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Any advice appreciated.
> I realize now that I did not address the concern you posted about.  I felt 
> the need to educate you about the testing protocol for FELV because I would 
> hate to see you cage a cat for 3 months that may not even be infected with 
> the virus.  You cannot consider a cat persistently viremic until they test 
> positive on the IFA test.  
> If it turns out the cat you rescued is really FELV positive, she is not going 
> to transmit the virus to your other cats through some chance encounter.  It 
> would take prolonged contact with your other cats to infect them with the 
> virus.  Even if they had prolonged contact, it does not mean your other cats 
> would get the virus.  Some cats are able to build an immune response and 
> fight off the virus.  I rescued a cat over the summer that tested positive on 
> the combo snap test and the ELISA test but tested negative on the IFA.  
> Thirty days later, he tested negative on the snap test, the ELISA test and 
> continued to test negative on the IFA test.  As a precaution, we tested again 
> 30 days later, and he continued to test negative on all three tests.  His 
> body built an immune defense and fought off the virus
> --- On Mon, 3/14/11, Jannes Taylor <> wrote:
> From: Jannes Taylor <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Any advice appreciated.
> To:
> Date: Monday, March 14, 2011, 1:50 PM
> Hello,
> I rescued a stray two weeks ago. Took her to the vet a week ago and they said 
> she was FELV positive. She was starving when I found her, but she has gained 
> weight and is looking good. Her eyes just glisten and she seems healthy. The 
> vet 
> said she was about a year old. She only weighed six pounds last week. I did 
> not 
> have the heart to euthanize her when she is not suffering.  However, I have 
> three healthy cats upstairs and I live in constant fear that they will escape 
> to 
> the basement where this cat we now call Amber is staying. I keep her in a 
> nice 
> cage during most of the time and let her out to get her exercise in the 
> basement 
> about four hours per day. My husband is building her a 8' long x 4' wide x 6' 
> tall cage so she will have more room I do hate keeping her caged up, but 
> don't 
> have a choice. She is very sweet and it is just a sad situation. I tried to 
> find 
> a home for her but no one seems to want a cat with her issues. We are trying 
> to 
> be very cautious regarding the other cats, but it is does make me fearful.
> I plan to have her rested in three months. I am so new to this situation, so 
> any 
> comments or ideas are much appreciated.
>  Jannes 
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