What about grooming? I would assume that those cats, having lived together for 10 years, would mutually groom. That's sharing bodily fluids & I would think would be potentially harmful to the negative ones.


On 4/15/2011 1:28 PM, Sharon Catalan wrote:
Hello Pam,

My 3 cats have been living together for 10 years now until my boy-cat was
just recently diagnosed with FeLV.  He may have contracted it 2 years ago
when he ran outside and got into a fight with another cat.  We had the 2
other girl-cats tested and they're both negative.  We had the 2 other
girl-cats vaccinated and currently, they are separated.  Doctor said that
they can be together 30days after the 2 other cats receive their 2nd shot of
FeLV vaccination.  Also, according to our doctor, it should be okay for them
to be together again as long as they don't bite/scratch each other or share
bodily fluids.  Just keep their feeding stuff completely separate.  My cats
never fight with each other although occasionally, the other cat will eat
someone's leftover and I think that is the reason that the 2 others cats
never contracted it considering that the other one had FeLV for quite some
time now.


On Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Pam Norman<>  wrote:

I am trying to determine what to do with Poppy both now&  when the IFA test
results come in. I've been reading&  reading&  from what I can gather, the
old dictums about NEVER havinig positive&  negative cats even in the same
house has been abandoned.  From what I have read, the general sense is that
it's fine for positives&  negatives to be in the same home, but should be
separate so there is no chance of exchanging fluids such as with a bite, but
more importantly with mutual grooming.   But I know also that some of you
have both positives&  negatives really living together, not separate. Right?

What about if I put Poppy in her condo in the spare bedroom&  let me cats
visit, so at  least she SEES other cats.  What is she hisses&  spits?  Would
that have a chance of infecting any of mine who were nosing around her
condo?  My feeling is that it would.

Also how effective is the vaccine these days?  I know that some years ago
the figure was about 30% so I never  had any of my cats vaccinated.  Has it
been  improved?

Right now we are still waiting for the IFA test for Poppy. And I guess she
needs retesting on that in at least a month. I do NOT want to keep her alone
until then.  We  have a sanctuary for her if she tests IFA positive cause
then we know that she is really positive. But the person who runs it tells
  me that regardless of how she tests on the IFA, she HAS leukemia. Period.
  And would go in with the positive cats. But my understanding  is that if
she is IFA negative, she has a chance of fighting it off&  putting her in
with the positives is giving up.  I think she should only go in with the
positives if she tests IFA positive.

Can anyone help me sort this out?


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