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

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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: "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.
> 
> 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: 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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