Good for you. Mine r healthy too. If it an broke ,don't fix it. It the cat 
tests neg. why wait for it to be positive? regards, CAthy

--- On Mon, 3/14/11, Natalie <> wrote:

From: Natalie <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] How long can FeLV stay dormant?
Date: Monday, March 14, 2011, 10:02 PM

Ideally, when a cat is tested for anything, FIV/FeLV, it should be isolated
for three months and retested.  However, rescue groups cannot do it because
of space limitations, especially isolation areas.
When a cat tests negative, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's true - the
cat may just have been exposed to it, and it would show up 3 months
I've never had a FIV cat living with healthy ones, nor can I do it as a
rescue organization.  However, we had one cat that tested negative for
FIV/FeLV, and many years later, started being vet asked for some
blood test at the lab, but they mistakenly tested for FIV - it turned out
that she was positive.  No one living with her ever became sick, to this
day.  She died about two years later at age 14/15.  However, FIV is not as
serious as FeLV, which seems increasingly more mysterious to me after having
been reading all the posts about FeLV+ cats living with healthy ones. The
two FeLV+ cats we have, are very healthy, exhibit absolutely no signs of any
symptoms. I'm not sure what exactly it means when someone says that a FeLV
cat with no symptoms could be a carrier; it can't be that the cat is
perfectly healthy and can't mean that at some point, will not become
symptomatic, does it?  I do everything I can to keep them very healthy with
supplements, good food, TLC, etc.   

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Maureen Olvey
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 8:11 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] How long can FeLV stay dormant?

I've heard from some of the vets that FeLV can hide in the bone marrow for a
while before ever showing up on a combo test.  How long do you think that
can happen before the combo tests shows positive?  Anyone have experience
with this?  If the FeLV + cat and the other cat have been living together
for a year and the healthy cat's combo test was negative after a year
together with lots of exposure, is there a chance it is still hiding in the
healthy cat's bone marrow and not showing up yet?  It seems to me that a
year would be enough time for the virus to show up in a test.

"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

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