My friend does that too and she's had negatives and positives running around 
together for many years with no problems.

However, even knowing what I do about FeLV I would have been very hesistant to 
bring a FeLV + cat into my house with all my negative cats so I understand 
Jannes' worries.  You just hate taking a chance.  I never had to make that 
decision.  All my cats and fosters tested negative before coming to my house, 
but then we found out that my baby that was two years old that died a few weeks 
ago was positive, even though her initial combo test was negative.  So the 
virus kind of sneaked it's way into my house.  I didn't realize I already had a 
FeLV + cat.  Anyway, before a few weeks ago I was always scared I'd find a 
kitten and it would test positive.  Then I knew I'd have to make a choice and 
there's no way I could put a healthy looking kitten down so I'd knew I'd be in 
a real bind.  It's a tough spot to be in.  That's why I hope for Jannes that 
Amber's next test comes out negative so she won't have to worry anymore.

Now my friend that I mentioned wouldn't hesitate taking in a new FeLV + cat 
because she's been doing this for years an all her negative cats have always 
been fine and keep testing negative.  And she's got a lot of cats.  So if in 
her whole population a negative kitty never turned positive after living with a 
few positive kitties then it's a pretty good testimony as to how effective the 
vaccine is.  I think she's got a couple of FIV cats in the mix too and she 
vaccinates them also and they've never picked up the FeLV virus.

Oh, today I got the ceramic paw print in the mail from the vet's office for my 
kitty Two Face, that I mentioned above, that died a few weeks ago.  I was sad 
all over again.  I miss her so much.  I still can't believe she's dead.  One 
day she's fine, and the next day she's dead.  Then I found out about the FeLV.  
That was a bad week.

“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: Fri, 25 Mar 2011 22:24:57 -0500
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Keep Cats Indoors
> My vet said to keep new negative cats seperate from positives until they had 
> the vaccination for felv and then just to be safe, wait a cuple of weeks to 
> be sure the shot worked.  I have done that and my pos and neg cats all have 
> had free run of the house for 2 years now.  No one new has tested positive so 
> far.  

> ---- Natalie <> wrote: 
> > Is there any way you could use a full-spectrum light in the basement for
> > Amber?  I have installed fluorescent  full-spectrum light for the cats in
> > our garage cat condos; none have been sick for years!
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:
> > [] On Behalf Of Maureen Olvey
> > Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2011 2:50 AM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Keep Cats Indoors
> > 
> > 
> > Regarding Amber -
> > 
> > Been doing more reading.  By keeping Amber in the basement you're not
> > putting your cats at risk at all so don't feel guilty about that.  One thing
> > said 60% of cats exposed to FeLV don't get it.  5-10% put it into a latent
> > stage.  Only about 30% get it and die (still too many though).  Sometimes it
> > can take up to a year of prolonged exposure for a healthy adult cat to get
> > the virus in it's system.  I honestly think with Amber in the basement your
> > cats have no chance of getting it.  You have done a wonderful thing by
> > taking her in.
> > 
> > Also - do the IFA test too.  Or do it in a couple months when you re-test if
> > the ELISA comes out positive again.  Another website I read said the in
> > office ELISA combo test are wrong about 50% of the time.  Wonder how many
> > cats have been put down because of that.
> > 
> > 
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