My Tucson tested neg on Elissa (in office) snap test when she was 6-8 weeks old. Then almost 6 years later, she was a bit ill & my very sharp vet at the time, retested her & she tested pos for FELV (Elissa & IFA). Now 7 years later, Tucson is still with us and intermixed with the 3 other cats had lived with prior to the pos test. They all tested neg even though they had shared dishes, litter boxes, toys, groomed each other, etc. all those years. I did lose my romeo, a stray I took in who did turn out to be pos. He was around 4 when I took him in & died last year 6 years later of lymphoma. Again, I mixed all of them.
-----Original Message----- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Beth Noren Sent: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 11:55 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Cali - 7 month old kitten Natalie, Just a note of caution, a mom cat can test negative and still have positive babies. Happened to me. Also, if they are tested immediately upon rescue, there can be false negatives because the virus is still incubating and hasn't had time to show up yet. Also happened to me. Even if a rescue or shelter has run tests on mom and all babies, they should warn people not to put too much faith in a single test, positive or negative, and emphasize the importance of quarantining until the adopter can get a second test run. In my case, I vaccinated my negs and mixed and they are still negative. One of the positives made it to 3.5 years, with no FeLV issues until the very end. He was a joy to have known, and I still miss him. Best wishes, Beth On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 5:34 PM, Natalie <at...@optonline.net> > I would definitely contact PetCo and advise them of this; it is > totally unethical to adopt out a cat that may be FeLV+ or FIV+- if > there was a mother cat, she should have been tested. Depending on the > kitten's age at the time of adoption, if old enough, she should also > have been tested! Any cat adopted from my group must be FIV/FeLV negative! > I'm sure you will hear more from others! > Best of luck and hang in there - I am so sorry for you and your dilemma! > Natalie _______________________________________________ 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