Natalie, I have no thoughtful advice to give here, but I simply had to say
that I think Eliot Spitty is a brilliant name.  I'm giggling as I write.
Too clever.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Natalie
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 1:57 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Yet another question.....

And I also wonder about adult cats that are FeLV+, and perfectly healthy.
I've never had adults with no symptoms, only a kitten that died years ago.
Eliot Spitty is about 5 yrs old, and Mr. Tux about 6 yrs old.  I wonder how
that will work out in the coming years - they get supplements, good food,
etc.  Has anyone had that experience, and how long did it take, if at all,
before the cats started getting symptoms or related cancers?

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Gloria B. Lane
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Yet another question.....

One thought process that I've run into is that a healthy adult cat  
(FELV negative) has a hearty enough immune system to successfully deal  
with the FELV virus without acquiring it.

I can't see that vaccinating them at this point would be of value.

Just my 2c


> From: Maureen Olvey <>
> Date: March 21, 2011 12:07:44 PM CDT
> To: <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Yet another question.....
> Reply-To:
> I've mentioned my kitty Two Face earlier because she died two weeks  
> ago and when they did the necropsy they found out she had a huge  
> tumor and was FeLV +.  Since then I've had a few of my other kitties  
> tested with the combo/snap test at the vet's office.  All have come  
> out negative so far, thank the Lord for that.  These other kitties  
> that have tested negative lived with Two Face for over a year.   
> Sharing litterboxes, food bowls and all that stuff.  I would think  
> that would mean that they had enough exposure to the virus to get it  
> in their system and that they either extinguished the virus or put  
> it into a dormant status.  Is that a reasonable assumption?  My main  
> question now is should I give them a FeLV vaccination.  If they did  
> get the virus in their system and extinguished it then they're  
> immune for life, right?  If so, there's no need for a vaccination.   
> Is it possible with all that exposure that they didn't get enough of  
> the virus into their system to do any harm?  If that's the case then  
> I should vaccinate them?  I just don't know how they could not have  
> gotten enough exposure since they lived together and shared  
> everything for over a year.
> Thoughts?
> "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
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