I didn't find out that Fuji was positive until she was having breathing 
problems.  She was just a year old (tested negative as kitten with extremely 
limited outside time and only after she was 9 months.  The vet thinks she got 
it from her mother and it didn't show on original test.)  Anyway, she was 
diagnosed with lymphoma and the vet gave her 2-3 months.  We live in Japan and 
my options are extremely limited.  Over the past 13 months, she has continued 
to receive chemo on a limited basis by her Japanese vet to keep the tumor away. 
 Her white blood cell count is always really low barely above 3000 the vets 
wishes for to do her chemo , but she has absolutely no symptoms or issues!  So, 
I guess what I am saying is no diagnosis or situation is so great that there is 
no hope!

As for your other babies, all you can do is exactly what you are doing and hope 
for the best!  As you have seen, many successfully mix and have no problems.

Melinda, Fuji and VooDoo



On Aug 23, 2011, at 7:25 AM, Maureen Olvey wrote:

> Not too long ago I posted that I had a FeLV positive cat mixed with an FIV 
> positive cat.  Obviously, I didn't know the FeLV cat was positive since she 
> tested negative as a kitten.  Anyway, the two lived together for two years 
> until she died and I just tested my old FIV kitty and he's negative.  I've 
> got a houseful of my cats and fosters and I've only tested like 7 of them so 
> far but they've all been negative.  None are vaccinated against FeLV either.  
> It's weird.  I totally expected my FIV kitty to contract it.  I'm glad he 
> didn't of course.
>  
> One vet I talked to said that it's possible the FeLV kitty put the virus into 
> dormancy as a kitten which is why she tested negative and then it reactivated 
> later as an adult.  Maybe that's what happened with Fletch.  I wouldn't have 
> thought a kitten would have a strong enough immune system to put the virus 
> into dormancy but who knows.  But still once it reactivated in my cat I would 
> have thought she could have spread the virus to my other cats.  This vet also 
> said that most vets now days believe that healthy adult cats are pretty much 
> immune to the virus.  Still best to vaccinate your other cats annually but 
> I'm just saying it's not surprising your others are negative.
>  
> I also have a friend who mixes her negatives and positives together.  She 
> just keeps her negatives vaccinated annually.  She even has FIV cats mixed in 
> and keeps them vaccinated too and they have never caught the FeLV virus.  
>  
> Definitely get an IFA test to confirm the ELISA test.  The ELISA test is 
> wrong in about 30% of the cases from what someone else told me.  It's a very 
> sensitive test so if it's not done perfectly it can show a false positive.  
> Course since Fletch is sick it could be correct but you should still confirm 
> with the IFA test.  If the IFA test is negative then it means the virus 
> hasn't gotten into his white blood cells and t-cell lymphocytes (I have no 
> idea what that is, I just read it) so he still has a chance of exterminating 
> the virus completely or putting it into dormancy.  So if his IFA test is 
> negative then do a retest in a couple months to see if it has gotten that far 
> or not.  You need two test with the same results to confirm FeLV status.
>  
> If after doing the IFA, Fletch shows positive definitely look into immune 
> system stimulants like interferon and immunoreglin.  I don't know much about 
> them but others on the list do and your vet should know.  Need to keep Fletch 
> around for a long long time.  Since he's sick right now I'd go ahead and get 
> him going on this kind of stuff.
>  
>  
> “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
>  
> From: hideyo.yamam...@msn.com
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:55:56 -0600
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My 1 year old just diagnosed
> 
> Sorry - correction - I meant to say - Felk virus SEEMS to be very fragile - 
> Sorry!
>  
> From: hideyo.yamam...@msn.com
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:49:36 -0600
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My 1 year old just diagnosed
> 
> I always believe that, things happen for a reason - we may not know why right 
> away.. but it does - and I truly believe that something good will come out of 
> the situation - 
>  
> Contrary to some literature, felk virus does not seem to be very fragile in 
> the air - as mentioned, my friends mix their kitties - and they have several 
> kitties - and none of their negatives has become positve -they groom each 
> other, they wrestle each other, they share food/water bowls.. 
>  
>   h
>  
> > From: marciabmar...@gmail.com
> > To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> > Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:04:42 -0500
> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My 1 year old just diagnosed
> > 
> > Thank you Hideyo! I felt so guilty and a lot of other things, all of you 
> > have helped so much. You have given me hope.
> > Take care
> > Marcia
> > 
> > Sent from my iPad
> > 
> > On Aug 22, 2011, at 4:15 PM, HIDEYO YAMAMOTO <hideyo.yamam...@msn.com> 
> > wrote:
> > 
> > > Hi, I did not read the original message - but I just wanted to share.
> > > 
> > > I have one Felk girl, her name is gigner and she is now 7 years old -and 
> > > I also have a couple of friends who have several felk kitties - they are 
> > > all over 10 years old and they are all very healthty -
> > > 
> > > Separately, I also have a couple of friends who mix their felk positive 
> > > kitties wiht non negatives for a several years - they share eveyrthing - 
> > > but none of their negatives have beome positives - 
> > > 
> > > Sending good thoughts to all of your babies.
> > > 
> > > h
> > > 
> > > > From: marciabmar...@gmail.com
> > > > To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> > > > Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:31:39 -0500
> > > > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My 1 year old just diagnosed
> > > > 
> > > > Thanks for all the hope that you have given me. Fletch had the ELISA 
> > > > test. Today I took Wildfire and Shay over and they tested negative. 
> > > > Tomorrow I will take Alvin. ( my grandkids name my cats for me(-:). 
> > > > They vacd Shay and Wildfire, so I'm hoping they have a chance. My house 
> > > > is completely open so I cannot separate Fletch from the others. 
> > > > Exactly how long does the virus last outside of the body, I seem to 
> > > > find conflicting opinions on this! I let my vet know that I have all of 
> > > > you now...thank all of you so much.
> > > > 
> > > > Sent from my iPad
> > > > 
> > > > On Aug 22, 2011, at 7:31 AM, "Lynda Wilson" <longhornf...@verizon.net> 
> > > > wrote:
> > > > 
> > > > > Hi Marcia!
> > > > > 
> > > > > So sorry to hear of this sad news! But there is hope. Did Fletch have 
> > > > > an ELISA and an IFA test? Were they both positive or just the ELISA 
> > > > > test?
> > > > > 
> > > > > If he was positive on just the ELISA test, then there is still a 
> > > > > chance for his immune system to clear the virus. You will need to 
> > > > > test him again in a month to give him that chance to be able to fight 
> > > > > it off. If he is positive on both tests, then you need to start 
> > > > > treating him (interferon for starters). I don't have experience with 
> > > > > all the treatments but I know many people on this thread can help you.
> > > > > 
> > > > > I'll be thinking of Fletch and hope he can pull through this. With 
> > > > > the right treatment and diet, many FeLV cats can survive for many 
> > > > > years.
> > > > > 
> > > > > Good luck to both of you!
> > > > > Lynda
> > > > > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Marcia Baronda" 
> > > > > <marciabmar...@gmail.com>
> > > > > To: <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
> > > > > Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2011 10:04 PM
> > > > > Subject: [Felvtalk] My 1 year old just diagnosed
> > > > > 
> > > > > 
> > > > >> Hi everyone! My one year old sweet litle boy was just diagnosed. I 
> > > > >> have a million questions and hope to learn a lot from all of you. 
> > > > >> This is every hard to swallow. I have 3 other adult cats in myj 
> > > > >> house that have not been vaccinated for felv. I didn't see a reason 
> > > > >> for it, I didn't trust the vaccine and I am sorry now. Funny thing 
> > > > >> is, is that I tried so hard to keep my cats healthy. I wouldn't even 
> > > > >> wear my shoes in the house for fear I would carry something in!
> > > > >> Anyway, my little boy Fletch has a fever, horrible looking coat and 
> > > > >> I can feel his hipbones and some of his backbone. He continues to 
> > > > >> eat and drink ok. They are on a grain free diet and have a water 
> > > > >> fountain.
> > > > >> Thanks so much for being here.
> > > > >> 
> > > > >> Marcia
> > > > >> Sent from my iPad
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