And another thought - 

FeLV cats that are owned don't die a slow and painful death because 
their caring owners will put them down when the pain becomes too intense
 and they can no longer help them.  Only feral cats with no home and no 
colony caretaker would die that kind of way from FeLV.

“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

Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:46:27 -0500
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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