I would never release either FIV or FeLV positive cats..but then, again, I
personally don't do TNR, and could not - those faces would haunt me day and
night, and I would worry about them getting sick and dying alone, as you do.

However, look at all the people in this group whose healthy cats aren't
getting infected by their FeLV cat(s)!

Once they're spayed/neutered, FIV positive cats are no danger to others.but
they can still get sick and die alone.


From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Beth
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:59 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Interesting FeLV info from a rescue group


We have a group here that follows the same guidelines, which is the Alley
Cat Allies guidelines. I oppose this whole heartedly. I think it is so wrong
to release an FeLV positive cat back into a colony. You are spreading a
disease. Not to mention that infected cats are probably going to die a
lonely, awful death. I don't feel the same about FIV, as long as the colony
is closely managed & sick cats are re-caught.

This attitude simply gives those who oppose TNR more ammunition against it.



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From: Natalie <at...@optonline.net>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:50 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Interesting FeLV info from a rescue group


For FeLV, again the ELISA test is almost always the initial test used.  In
contrast to FIV, the FeLV ELISA does not detect antibodies, but whether the
antigen of the virus is present in the blood.  In other words, a positive
test result indicates the presence of the actual FeLV virus in the blood.
But, the test is extremely sensitive and is prone to false positives from
improper handling.  In addition, a cat in the early stages of FeLV infection
can still fight it off.  The disease does not take permanent hold until it
enters the cat's white blood cells, which only another type of test, the IFA
test (Immunofluoresence Assay, also known as the Hardy test) can determine.
The IFA test must be performed at a lab and is more expensive.
Consequently, if a cat appears otherwise healthy, a positive ELISA test
should always be confirmed with an IFA test.  Only if other severe
pathological symptoms of FeLV are present should an initial positive ELISA
ever be relied upon alone.

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