I keep new ones, especially kittens seperated until their shots are complete and then my vet said give them another week or so just to be sure. After that, I mix them because it is too hard on them and me to keep them locked up in a room by themselves. So far, it works. None of my negatives have contracted it and everyone is healthy as can be.
---- Georgetta Brickey <gebr...@hotmail.com> wrote: > > Just wanted to insert a few thoughts. > > Last year when I ended up with a FeLV kitten I did strict quarantine and a > LOT of googling research. In a nutshell, here is what I found - in general > terms. > > 1. FeLV even in a kitten with an active infection is not easily spread from > cat to cat. The virus is much like Human HIV - very fragile in the > environment - some sources say that it dies in minutes unless conditions are > optimum - temperature, humidity, etc. To contract it, they have to have > close contact - grooming, licking, etc. We did have one negative kitten in > foster care contract FeLV from a positive kitten she had very close contact > with - they were Best Buddies. The other littermates repeatedly tested > negative but they were not as closely associated with the kitten who tested > positive first. > > 2. Adult cats are apparently less susceptible to contracting it, even when > exposed longterm in an unvaccinated (FeLV vax) multicat household - > apparently a healthy mature immune system is strong enough to eliminate the > virus in most adult cats even with close contact. > > 3. Some cats can have positive tests and live long and apparently healthy > lives; others die in the first year of life. > > 4. I am now very careful with quarantine on "sickly" kittens that arrive with > problems such as persistent "colds", mange mite or ringworm infections - I > think it is possible that these kittens may have a compromised immune system > from birth that may make them more vunerable to contracting FeLV. > > Hope this sparks some serious googling! There is a LOT of info out there! > Just use your brain and evaluate what you read - there are some sketchy > sites/cures too. > > Georgetta _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org