It really depends on your cat's life style.  It is an indoor/outdoor kitty.  If 
so then definitely get the FeLV vaccine.  Despite Lee's experience I would not 
hesitate to use the FeLV vaccine if the kitty is indoor/outdoor, if you foster 
kitties for a rescue, if you plan on bringing a FeLV kitty into your home.  
Over the years I have rescued 10 FeLV kittens.  All became indoor only kitties 
and were mixed with my negative cats.  All my negative cats were adults and I 
kept them current on their FeLV vaccine.
Like others I do not believe in unnecessary vaccines.

From: Lee Evans <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Vaccination question

I would be very, very cautious about vaccinating a cat agaimst FeLv.  Several 
people I know had the miserable experience of their cat contracting leukemia 
after being vaccinated. I wouldn't swear that the vaccine was the source of the 
infection but these cats were not ever outside the house.  They were not 
exposed to any other cats.  They may have had the disorder lurking in their 
bone marrow and the vaccine sensitized them to getting the illness or they may 
have gotten it from the vaccine.  In addition, there's the danger of 
vaccine-site sarcoma. I have had cats living with me for most of my life. Most 
of them survive well into what is considered old age for cats - 16 to 20 
years.  Simply testing cats before adding them to my community assures that 
they will not be exposed to FeLv. I don't vaccinate, except when I send cats to 
adoption. FVRCP is required for that.  Of course, the rabies vaccine is 
required by law in most States but other than
 that, I feel that veterinarians push vaccines for cats for all the wrong 

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