Correct...don't ever get your cat/kitten vaccinated against FIV. It's too controversial and it WILL show a positive result on a FIV test. FeLV will not after a vaccination.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Christiane Biagi" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Leukemia Question

Vet is confusing FIV and FELV vaccines.  Cats test pos for FIV after being
vaccinated for FIV but do NOT test pos for FELV after FELV vaccination.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Martha Walton
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2011 1:38 PM
To: Katy Doyle
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Feline Leukemia Question

Thanks everyone!  My vet told me that Peaches would test positive because
she's had the FeLV vaccination.
I think I will call the vet that Peaches former owners took her to & ask
them to test Peaches.
Thanks for the advice, I'll let you know what they say.

On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM, Katy Doyle <>wrote:

It's not uncommon in Kentucky for shelters/rescues to just vaccinate
the cat instead of testing them.

Lately, all I have done is fight to get them to test the animals.
Apparently "it costs too much" - but I think the cost is worth saving
other cats from getting exposed to FeLV.

I'd say test Peaches, the vaccination doesn't cause the test to come
out positive, so you should get a fairly accurate reading.

Then go ahead and get everyone fully vaccinated against FeLV, just in
case =^_^=

On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM, <> wrote:

I think I would definitely get Peaches tested.  If all your cats are
indoors only they really don't need to be vaccinated against FeLV.
Only if there's a chance they could get it.  But if you're not
letting them out and you're not fostering other cats  then there's no
risk of exposure to the virus so no real need for a vaccination.  If
all your other cats have been tested and are negative also then
Peaches wouldn't need the vaccination either.  So as long as her
combo test is negative, then you really don't need to worry about
Nibbles.  It's totally up to you though.  Just my thoughts. Course if
Peaches' test is positive definitely get Nibbles up to speed.  And I
think he does need to do the series of two shots over again if you decide
to get him current like Lynda said.

Thanks for giving Peaches a home.  And kick that other lady in the
butt for kicking Peaches out of the house just because she had a baby.


sent from my AT&T Smartphone by HTC

----- Reply message -----
From: "Martha Walton" <>
Date: Thu, Aug 4, 2011 11:52 am
Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Leukemia Question
 To: <>

The family that owned Peaches found her abandoned outside a vacant
apartment.  Their neighbor moved out, but left the cat.  They took
Peaches to the vet to discover that Peaches already was spayed.  I
don't know why the Vet gave her Feline Leukemia vaccinations without
testing her first.
They kept Peaches for almost 2 years and properly vetted her, wife
had a baby and they didn't want Peaches anymore.  That's how Peaches
came to live here.

I am going to take her to the Vet to have her tested and will go
ahead and give Nibbles vaccinations.
I'll let you know what the vet says.
Thanks for all your help!!  It has been hard to get information about
what to do.

On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:01 PM, Lynda Wilson

> Martha, you will have to start over on Nibbles. Once you get the
> first shot, you have to get the second within 3 weeks of the first
> for it to
> effective.
> It would be wise to have Peaches tested. Getting her the
> vaccination against FeLV will not show a positive test like the FIV
> would.  I would
> her separate from the others of course, until her worms are gone
> and she
> had two FeLV tests that have the same result. Glad all the others
> are
> current! Your a good momma to be cautious.
> I hope this helps, we all try to share our experiences and
> knowledge on this forum, but we are not experts :)
> Keep us posted.
> Thanks,
> L
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Martha Walton" <
> >
> To: <>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 03, 2011 2:17 PM
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Feline Leukemia Question
>  We have a new addition (Peaches) to my household, making a total
> of 4
>> cats.
>> Need advice on Feline Leukemia Vaccinations.
>> I have not introduced new cat (Peaches) to my other cats, as I
>> want to make sure all are safe against feline leukemia. Peaches is
>> up to date with
>> shots, but waiting on vet to do fecal because I saw a tapeworm.
>> Peaches is sequestered to basement. Very comfy down there.
>> Here's the situation:
>> *Peaches* (New Cat)
>> Age: 4.5 yr
>> Current vaccination for Feline Leukemia, but *was never tested*
>> before vaccination.
>> Peaches was never tested for Feline Leukemia, she was given 1st &
>> 2nd feline leukemia in 2009.
>> She also had a vaccination in 2010
>> I have 3 other cats:
>> All cats will stay indoors!
>> *Nibbles *(got from shelter when 1 yr. old)
>> Age: 2.5
>> Nibbles had 1st Feline Leukemia shot 3/23/11, but not 2nd Feline


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