I've always spay/neutered mine- No problems. Except one Felv girl I have, who has seizures, and I have not had her spayed. Year or two old. She just seems so fragile I couldn't put her thru it. Doesn't seem to have heat cycles, if so very mild and unnoticeable.
Gloria Sent from my iPhone On Mar 15, 2011, at 2:19 PM, Jannes Taylor <jannestay...@yahoo.com> wrote: > 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 > > > > > ________________________________ > From: Gloria Lane <gbl...@aristotle.net> > To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> > 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. > > Sent from my iPhone > > 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com >>> 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 >>> >>> >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> 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 >> >> _______________________________________________ >> 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 > > > > > _______________________________________________ > 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