I feel like I must be very cautious until I know for sure where we stand after 
the restesting. I do appreciate your story and do not feel as nervous about the 
situation as I did. This has certainly been a learning experience for me. I 
have 
loved cats all my life and try to spoil them as much as I can. It makes me feel 
good to see Amber get all the food she wants and I hear her purr. It is sad she 
has lost her freedom but I hope to be able to give her a good life.
BTW, Do you think I should have her spayed or wait until after the restesting? 
My husband questions whether we should ever her spayed since she can't get out. 
 Jannes 




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From: Gloria Lane <gbl...@aristotle.net>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Mon, March 14, 2011 7:04:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Any advice appreciated.

I'd say don't worry about it. I just don't think it's that contagious. I mix 
mine.

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On Mar 14, 2011, at 6:59 PM, Maureen Olvey <molvey...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> 
> I foster cats and kittens for my local humane society.  Last week a 2 year 
> old 
>kitty died.  She tested positive for FeLV.  I got her as a kitten and at that 
>time she tested negative.  I have got quite a few cats that have been living 
>with me as long as she has been with me.  They all share the same food bowls 
>and 
>litterboxes.  None are vaccinated against FeLV since every cat or kitten that 
>comes into my house has been tested first.  It terrified me when I found out 
>she 
>had been positive, especially since I have a 5 month old kitten that has been 
>living with me since he was 8 weeks old.  Today I had him and an older kitten 
>that is about 8 months old tested at the vet's office.  The older kitten has 
>been with me since he was about 12 weeks old.  They both came out negative.  A 
>couple weeks ago I had an adult that had been with me almost as long as the 
>FeLV 
>cat was with me and she tested negative as well.  So, I tell you this Jannes 
>to 
>confirm what the others have said because it shows that not all cats contract 
>FeLV and there is no need to panic right now.  The vet felt that since those 
>kittens and the cat that I had tested had been exposed to FeLV for so long 
>that 
>if they were going to get it they would have already gotten it.  Especially 
>the 
>cat that had lived at my house with the FeLV + cat for a year and a half.
> 
> A friend of mine has also had 3 or 4 FeLV positive cats living alongside her 
>healthy cats for years.  She gets her healthy cats vaccinated against FeLV and 
>they have never contracted the disease from the FeLV cats.  I would vaccinate 
>your healthy cats now and let the FeLV + cat run around the basement and if 
>she 
>tests negative in a few months or test negative with the ELISA and IFA test I 
>would let her in the rest of the house with the other cats.  But, that's what 
>I 
>would do, not necessarily what you should do.  Actually, I would trust the 
>vaccine and after your healthy cats get their vaccination (it takes a series 
>of 
>two shots the first time) then I'd let all three hang together.  But it's your 
>cats and you have to make that decision.
> 
> 
> 
> “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: jgonza...@pacbell.net
>> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
>> 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 <jannestay...@yahoo.com> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> From: Jannes Taylor <jannestay...@yahoo.com>
>> Subject: [Felvtalk] Any advice appreciated.
>> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
>> 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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