Tell your vet about this forum and he will learn something.  Maybe you should 
change to a vet that does not have a first thought of putting the cat down if 
it tests positive for FeLV.

I'm glad you tried to educate him. Kudos to you Marci & your hubby!  Hugs & 
kisses to Maddie and Charles :)
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marci Greer 
  Sent: Friday, November 18, 2011 10:46 AM
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Felvtalk Digest, Vol 4, Issue 14

  Hi Everyone,
  We have a FELv + kitty Maddie who was diagnosed over 3 yrs ago and is doing 
wonderfully, We just took another stray kitty named Charles to the vet on 
Monday, before they did the combo test my husband said, no matter what the test 
comes back we ARE NOT putting him to sleep, the vet came back in and he did 
test a weak positive for FELv, if my husband would have not said what he did 
I'm sure they would have started with putting him to sleep right then (the same 
as they did with Maddie) , they did go ahead and neuter him and we brought him 
home and he is doing very well (asymptomatic) and is rooming with our Maddie. I 
talked to the vet regarding FELv because I can't understand why the first 
option is always putting them to sleep, it makes me crazy thinking about how 
many cats are put to sleep and don't deserve to be, The vet said that FELv + 
cats will die a slow and painful death, I said ok well what about the ones that 
test false positive or the ones that test positive and are able to throw the 
virus off, he said he has never heard of that happen, I guess what I am getting 
at is there any way to reverse what these vets are taught in college. I know 
I'm grasping but I just hate this so much for these cats that can lead a 
healthy life and aren't even given the chance! 
  Marci, Maddie, & Charles


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