It may be that Sugar was resistant to the virus so it never actually took hold in his system. He had adequate exposure but with a good immune system he may not have even gotten it. The vet that I talked to that has done more research on FeLV than most other vets said that the belief now is that most adult cats with healthy immune systems are resistant to the virus. That means it doesn't even affect them. And the ones that it does get into their system are able to clear it. Guess you'll never know for sure if Sugar was resistant to the virus or if he did get it but was able to extinguish the virus. Either way, glad he's fine now.
I'm hoping for a cure too. Sucks that cats can get these kind of diseases and die young. I can't kiss all my fur babies because I'll be hacking up a hairball because there are so many of them!!! The consequences of doing rescue work. “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 > Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 07:24:50 -0500 > From: longhornf...@verizon.net > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] doubts on two FeLV positive kitties > > Great analogy, Maureen and it makes sense :) > > I guess my cat, Sugar, must have cleared the virus since he was exposed to > it 24/7 for 6 mos. They bit one another playing, ate/drank out of the same > bowls, and shared the litter box. I know you have heard my story before, I'm > just sharing with the "newbie's". > > It would be an extreme breakthrough if scientist could determine when the > virus is actually shed. I hope they accomplish this soon and my hope's are > that they are working on a cure as well. > > Kiss those sweet furry babies today :) > > L > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Maureen Olvey" <molvey...@hotmail.com> > To: <email@example.com> > Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 4:46 AM > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] doubts on two FeLV positive kitties > > > > An antigen is any substance that causes your body to produce antibodies. > Foreign substances such as chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and pollen are > antigens. > > So since a virus is an antigen it kind of sounds stupid to say the ELISA > test for the FeLV virus antigen. It sounds like it's saying the same thing > twice - it's testing for the virus virus. I guess it just sounds more > medical to say virus antigen instead of just virus. > > Anyway, logically if the ELISA detects the virus in the saliva, blood, etc. > it seems like it would be contagious at that point. But if the experts are > saying that isn't so then I can't argue. Maybe it does have something to do > with the virus getting into the white blood cells and bone marrow before it > can be spread, like you were saying. Haven't read that but it is kind of > curious. This disease never makes sense and for every rule there's an > exception. > > Oh, one thing in my book said that one reason not all cats exposed to it > don't get it is because they are not exposed to it often enough. Like > eating after another cat one time is not enough for the virus to spread. It > takes a long time, usually a couple months or so at least, with continuous > exposure for a cat to pick up the virus from another cat. The book said > about 30 % of cats exposed to the virus don't get it because either they're > resistant or don't have enough exposure to it. Another 30 % get it but are > able to extinguish it before it gets into their white blood cells or bone > marrow. 5 - 10 % put the disease into latentcy and then the remaining 30% > are the ones that get the virus and are not able to fight it off and will > test positive on the IFA and usually die from the disease. > > Still don't know the answer to the question of whether the virus can be shed > at the stage where the ELISA is positive but the IFA is negative. If anyone > finds out let us know. > > > “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 > > > Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2011 19:30:04 -0500 > > From: longhornf...@verizon.net > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] doubts on two FeLV positive kitties > > > > Great observations and lots of mystery with this horrible disease. It > > would > > be great if you can find out from that book about what an antigen is and > > how > > it works with the virus. > > > > I'm no expert but have researched so much. It would be such a relief to > > all > > of us if we knew if the virus could be shed if the ELISA test is a true > > positive (meaning it is in their saliva, blood, etc) or does it have to > > reach the bone marrow first? Maybe that could also explain why some > > contract > > it and others don't. Am I making sense? It is confusing because it's not > > B&W. There are too many exceptions with the FeLV. If you find out > > anymore, > > please share :) > > > > Thanks for your input/research! > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: "Maureen Olvey" <molvey...@hotmail.com> > > To: <email@example.com> > > Sent: Tuesday, August 02, 2011 6:23 PM > > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] doubts on two FeLV positive kitties > > > > > > > > I always thought they could spread it if positive on ELISA but the book > > didn't say that so I wonder. The book made it sound like they would > > only be shedding the virus and contagious if the IFA was positive. It > > said that the ELISA test for the virus antigen that's in the > > blood, serum, saliva and tears. I looked up antigen before to see > > exactly what that was, you know like whether it was the virus itself or > > like an antibody, but I don't remember what it said. I know it's not > > like an antibody. I'm not in the medical field so I have to look up a > > lot of stuff. So is the virus antigen the same as the virus itself? I > > need to go look that up again to try to understand again exactly what an > > antigen is. If the virus antigen is in the blood and saliva and the > > antigen is the same as the virus then why couldn't they spread the virus > > if the ELISA test is positive but the IFA test negative. I've just > > confused myself all over again ;-) > > > > Interesting enough, somewhere > > else it did say that if there was a latent infection, meaning the virus > > is only in the bone marrow and T-cell lymphocytes (whatever that is), a > > mama cat could infect her kitten in utero or while nursing. I'm not > > sure if that means that the virus reactivates during pregnancy or if the > > kittens can get a dormant virus. It's all so confusing. > > > > But, I > > would like to know if the virus can be shed when the ELISA is positive > > but the IFA is negative so if anybody has any thoughts let me know. > > > > > > “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 > > > > > _______________________________________________ > 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 _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org