If she is 5 months old and has been diagnosed with FeLV, she must not have been 
born with it, especially since she has no symptoms. I am no expert, and have 
had little experience - one kitten that was born with it to a positive mother - 
Nemo had symptoms, was treated with interferon and other things, got 
convulsions and died at age 3 months.  I had an adult cat that tested positive, 
and was retested 3 months later, was negative. Now, I have two approx. 4 yr old 
males, very healthy, asymptomatic, most likely NOT born with it, but infected 
later - or, just carriers, although I'm not sure what exactly that means.
Based on what I have experienced, Sabrina would fall into the second or third 
category; with good food, supplements, no stress and a lot of TLC, she may turn 
out to be negative, and if not, still have a long and healthy life!

-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Mark
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 6:12 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Questiions

The only thing you left out is felv can be beaten. The cat throws off the virus 
on its own or it gets help from a human.

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Pam Norman <pam_nor...@charter.net> wrote:

>Hi all,
>
>We are trying to give little Sabriina a chance. She is an approximately 
>5 month old lynx Siamese.  She was pulled from a dope house & was going 
>to come to us as a foster until she was tested positive for FeLeuk.  At 
>the moment she is at a sanctuary about 75 miles from here.  We are 
>desperately trying to find someone who will take her for the 
>approximately 6 months that I understand will give a good idea whether 
>she can beat this virus or not. She is healthy & looks great.  She has 
>had so far only the snap test & as I understand it, the IFA test should 
>follow in about 3 weeks. Is this correct?
>
>We have a daughter of a friend who MAY take her. But she has two small 
>children & the family had to put down their 2 Siamese about a year ago & 
>they are not anxious to take in a kitty that they will have to euthanize 
>soon.  I have not spoken to her yet but will be tomorrow & I am planning 
>on telling her pretty much the following:
>
>There are no guarantees as to how long a kitty will live who has tested 
>positive for FeLeuk. It depends on a lot of factors - her general health 
>& how she is cared for - diet, freedom from stress, etc.  Some kitties 
>will not live long at all; others can live for years: & still others 
>will fall somewhere in between.  No guarantees.  They have no other cats 
>right now & I can tell them for sure that they will never have to 
>euthanize her.  If she continues to test positive, they have the option 
>of having  us take her to the sanctuary where she is not & she would 
>join the other FeLeuk cats in that part of the sanctuary.  Or they can 
>keep her & give her good & loving care for as long as she has, knowing 
>that they played a huge part in making her life one filled with love.  
>It would be hard on the kids but it would teach them something about 
>compassion, about caring for an animal that they may lose, that it will 
>hurt them to lose her, but that they know they have done a good & 
>beautiful thing.
>
>Please tell me if there is more I can tell her. I have never had a 
>FeLeuk kitty before & I am no expert on this.  So I am very much in need 
>to information I can provide that is fair & objective so that they can 
>make an informed & compassionate decision. I very much want them to take 
>her but I do not want to mislead them either.
>
>Please help me.
>
>Pam
>
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