About 3 weeks ago I lost a two year old to FeLV.  She tested negative as a 
kitten but obviously the test was wrong or she had just gotten it when they did 
the test.  I foster with a humane society so I have a house full of other cats. 
 Some of those cats lived with the cat that died for a year and a half.  So far 
I've tested four of them and all four have tested negative.  I'm going through 
the process of having the rest of my cats tested but after living with a FeLV 
positive cat for a whole year and a half I expected at least one of those four 
to have contracted it.  Especially since they too were kittens when they came 
to live here with her.  They had all shared food and water bowls and 
litterboxes.  Matter of fact, I have an FIV positive adult that lives here and 
has been here the last two years.  He came here a few months before she did.  
He developed asthma last year and at that time I had bloodwork done on him.  
Even after living with her for a year he still hadn't gotten FeLV.  I'm going 
to test him again because he's at a high risk already having immune system 
issues but I don't understand how he didn't have it last year after being with 
her for a year.  
All of that to tell you not to freak out about your adult.  You do need to have 
her re-tested and to keep an eye out for health issues because it is a serious 
disease, but many many adult cats exposed to FeLV are able to extinguish the 
virus.  The last I read said as much as 50% of them could.  Another 25-30% or 
so could put the virus into dormancy so that it is in their bone marrow but 
they never have problems from it and aren't able to pass it to another cat.  
Several websites say that only 30% of them at most contract it and die from it. 
 There's so much reading on the web and I encourage you to research it.  
Everyone in this group has lots of experience with it so you'll learn a lot 
from here too.
Keep in mind that if your adult does test positive on the ELISA test that is 
done at the vet's office you would need to have another test, the IFA, done to 
confirm it.  The ELISA test easily produces false positives.
Good luck and I hope your adult is one of those in the higher percentage that 
will never have problems with FeLV.
“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

> From: longhornf...@verizon.net
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:10:42 -0500
> Subject: [Felvtalk] posting to thread on Felvtalk
> Hi Mr. Wilson!
> I would like to take part in the discussions about Feline Leukemia. I 
> recently had a 9 mos. old kitten die from FeLV. I'm very concerned about my 2 
> yr old cat contracting the disease. It would help me to talk to other people 
> that have experienced having exposed a FeLV kitten to a cat within the same 
> house.
> Please let me know how I can start a thread and read some past posts 
> regarding FeLV.
> Thanks for your help. I really need some support.
> Sincerely,
> Lynn
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