My Husband I are in a similar position. We just adopted a kitten from the pound 
who had been feral before that and she ended up being FeLV+. We have two other 
cats and they hadn't had any other contact before the positive test and since 
the test we have continued to keep them separated. Euthanizing was never even 
an option in our minds. She is such a healthy happy kitten it just didn't make 
sense. We are currently in the process of vaccinating our other two cats. But 
despite the vaccination out vet advised not letting them have any contact with 
the kitten ever. We planned on keeping them in separate rooms forever. Now 
seeing what John just wrote we wondering how often it is that people interact 
their FeLV+ cats with non infected cats and never see their other cats get 

Good luck with your kitten. She will be a wonderful addition to your family. :) 

On Nov 7, 2011, at 4:02 PM, john pollack wrote:

> If the kitten is healthy, do not put it down. FeLV cats can live good lives. 
> My Tigger is almost 5 now. Had been healthy for the whole time, until last 
> month when he developed stomach cancer. He is still here, doing fine now. 
> Also, have 5 other cats. had them vaccinated, and to this day, none are FeLV+
> From: dppl dppl <>
> To: "" <>
> Sent: Monday, November 7, 2011 6:52 PM
> Subject: [Felvtalk] stray kitten positive any advice for me
> I came across this site, having just been informed by the vet that the 
> abandoned kitten I took in three weeks ago. Before I took it to the vet,  I 
> have been keeping it in a separate room but admit that since it seemed so 
> healthy I let it out for little walks.  I have 4 cats over 12 years old. 
> Other than walking on the same floors, they have not had contact with this 
> kitten.  In our short phone call, the vet basically said that she would 
> understand if I euthanized the cat and that she wasn't sure about false 
> positive and whether retesting would be worthwhile. The cat also has 
> hookworms.  When I took the cat in, she suggested that I give it its 
> vaccinations before waiting for test results.  I asked if the cat turned out 
> postitive, wouldn't this harm its immune system.  she said no.  Now when she 
> called she said she was surprised that the cat tested positive since, other 
> than the sore gums, which she attirbuted to teething and bad breath, she said 
> it seemed healthy.  It does seem healthy , eats well and plays. and is the 
> sweetest cat, loving and intelligent.  I am heartbroken about this. I'm sorry 
> I haven't had time to read all archives but I work from home and also take 
> care of my bedridden elderly mother.  Is there anyone out there would be kind 
> enough to give me some advice? Thank you. PS  the test done was elisa and it 
> just says "positive" the vet estimates the cat is from 5-6 months old.
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