I wish I could you give you something more definite - but the truth is you just 
don't know - I know of many people whose kittens became negative later on, but 
also know many who remained positive.
I have one felk kitty, Ginger, I have had her since she was 6 months old - now 
she is 8 years old and doing very well - 
One suggestion, if you can afford it - I would recommend LTCI on the kittens as 
some of the users of LTCI, their kittens became negative - I can't be sure if 
it's because of it or just a coincidnece - but my Felk kittens did really well 
on LTCI -

Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:07:50 -0400
From: jlsphotograp...@gmail.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Foster mom devastated at a FELV positive test result

Hi!  I am a foster mom for a high kill shelter in Philly.  I am fostering my 
3rd litter which was my first litter of bottle feeders.  I've spent the past 24 
hours researching like crazy online and trying to talk to others with 
experience but really getting a lot of contradicting information.  

The background:
I pulled this litter from the shelter about 5 weeks ago as borderline bottle 
feeders.  They were dumped on a doorstep in a box and brought to the shelter.  
Apparently there were 2 additional dropped off a day later that they assume was 
from the same litter but they were euthanized due to space/kitten season.  When 
I brought them home they were all around .65lbs.  Two of them were eating wet 
food and 1 refused it.  I ended up having to bottle feed the 1 for 3 weeks 
before being able to wean him completely.  All 3 have been active, healthy and 
playful.  No signs of illness.  Gaining weight steadily..actually faster than 
any of my previous litters. 
Today I dropped them off to be spayed and neutered.  My biggest boy weighed 
2.6lbs, girl 2.2lbs and than my smallest boy who was the bottle feeder the 
longest came in at just about 2lbs.  I got a call this afternoon that the 
Feline Leukemia test came back positive.  They only tested 1 at the time so I 
brought them right to the clinic when I picked them up and they tested a 2nd 
one who also tested positive.  
At this point they have been completely unhelpful in giving me any info or 
reassurance.  The only good thing I got out of them was that they did tell me 
that they have a rescue that specifically pulls FIV/FELV+ cats and if my cats 
didnt "flip" they would be able to place them in the rescue.  That rescue 
claims they have a 90-95% flip rate of FELV/FIV+ kittens they pull under the 
age of 12 weeks...but they are grouping FELV and FIV together and I honestly 
have no idea how many kittens they have pulled to create this statistic for 
themselves (it could be 2 litters or hundreds)...they claim I have a high 
chance of my kittens still flipping negative.

I have/had adopters lined up for all 3 kittens.  I have contacted them all.  
One is going to look for another kitten.  Two have actually requested to 
wait..one is willing to wait "as long as it takes" to see if he will 
flip...even if it takes 6 months.  

For the past week I had given the kittens much more freedom in my house.  I 
know for a fact they drank from my 2 resident cats water dishes.  I also caught 
my 1 resident cat sneak into the kitten room and eating from their dish.  So 
they have been exposed. 

My main questions really are about the possibility of them flipping.  I cant 
seem to get any kind of consistent answer on this.  I have tons of other foster 
parents that keep reassuring me that the chances of them flipping to negative 
and just that they tested positive bc they are too young to have an accurate 
test and than looking online or talking with some others make it sound like the 
chance is higher of a flip if it was FIV not FELV. So what are the chances of 
them flipping?  Am I setting myself (and the potential adopters) up with false 
hope thinkng there could be a reasonable chance of them flipping to negative?  
Do I just keep testing every month for 6 months? 

They did the quick snap test.  Should I continue to do that test or at what 
point should I request or bring to my own vet to have another type of test 

If they flip to negative- does that really mean they are in the clear and its 
safe for them to be adopted into a home with other cats? 

Someone is suggesting that I take my resident cats in and have them FELV 
vaccinated immediately even though they were already exposed...should I do 
this?  I had called my vet and they told me to bring my cats in 2 months to be 
tested for FELV. 

So much mixed information has been given to me Im just so emotionally drained 
and confused on my next steps.  I've grown to love these kittens very much but 
Im in no position to make them permanent resident cats here for long term. At 
the most I think I could consider hanging onto the boy Henry who has the 
adopter willing to wait for him for the 6 months to see if he flips negative if 
its worth waiting that long.  I just dont know at what point to turn them over 
to the FELV rescue.  I hate to "dump" them but I feel like if they truly are 
positive I cant provide them with what they need so the rescue specific for 
FELV is the best for them..but I dont want to put them there and have them 
placed in foster care with other FELV cats to have them just flip to negative 
but now be infected bc of exposure to other positive cats.  I want to know they 
are truly positive before making that choice.  

Thanks again.  I really appreciate any information or suggestions.  Sadly the 
shelter is not offering me a lot of support or advice and at the clinic I felt 
the vet tech had no idea what she was talking about.  
Jamielynn  Storch

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