Debbie, I'm so sorry for your loss of Tulo. I know he had a good life in his 3-1/2 years with you. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these otherwise neglected kitties.
I was in a similar situation recently when I took in a street cat last year, a big black beautiful boy whom I named Chat Noir (French translation: "Black Cat"). I had him neutered and took him into my home as an indoor/outdoor cat. At the time I had 4 indoor-only cats and was trying to transition Chat Noir to an indoor-only cat. I hadn't had him FeLV tested when I took him in (having never had any experience with FeLV). He was fine and apparently healthy for about 6 months until I noticed the lymph glands in his neck were very swollen. He tested a strong positive for FeLV and it wasn't but a week before the vet concurred that he should be euthanized. I was heart-broken but a difficult & valuable lesson was learned. I had all the rest of my cats tested ($$) and all came back negative. However, my vet suggested having them re-tested in 6 months. So far they seem to be ok (knock on wood). I hope this helps....as for me, I can only watch and be alert for any symptoms that may appear in any of the others. Valerie On May 19, 2011, at 12:25 PM, Debbie Bendell <dbendell1...@gmail.com> wrote: > Yesterday my cat Tulo was euthanized. He'd been sick for a few days. > Bloodwork showed severe anemia and FeLV+. I took Tulo in as an abandoned > and abused kitten, approx age 3 mos. I didn't have him tested because he > wasn't sick, and in fact the illness this week is the first time he's been > sick in the 3-1/2 years I've had him. > > I have several other cats. All except one were tested when I adopted them. > The untested cat is Dexter, a neutered adult male who has been in perfect > health from the day I found him dumped in the woods. I'm having him tested > on Monday, and if he is positive, I will never know if Tulo infected Dexter > or vice versa. My vet and I decided not to test any of the other cats > besides Dexter. None of them are sick, and if anyone does get sick, I'll > have them tested at that time, since their FeLV status would affect the > treatment decision. > > I've reviewed the symptoms of FeLV and none of my cats have those symptoms, > but neither did Tulo until a few days before his death. > This is my question: One of my cats had a bad URI last fall and tested > negative at that time. Two others tested negative after I adopted Tulo but > before I adopted Dexter. If a healthy cat lives with an FeLV cat for months > to years, tests negative, and continues to live with a FeLV cat, is the > healthy cat still at risk of being infected? > > Thanks for your help, > Debbie > > -- > *You may not change the world by saving one animal, but to that animal it > means the whole world and eventually, saving animals will change the world.* > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org