For the ones who have never seen or heard of this happening, it happens more than some might think!
I have a cat, now, Awesome Pawsome, who was one of a litter I socialized from a feral mom. There were 4 kittens--two siamese, a gray, and a tortie, in this litter. Mom was TNR'd from a feral colony, here in San Diego. When tested at about 9 weeks old, all except the gray were positive. 60 days later, only the tortie was positive. So 1/4 of my litter was born negative from a positive Mom. WE did not test the mom, because the neuter scooter was out of those test tubes that day. However,it was discovered, post-mortem, that she was positive. You see, she died, at the colony, several months later. Back to the kittens, 3/4--the negatives--were adopted out to good homes, with the understanding that 2 had previously tested positive, but "flipped" to negatives. All of those kittens are still negative and alive. One of the four, the tortie, who was the most difficult to tame, persistently tested positive, and the rescue I was then with, was considering putting her up for adoption, for free--on Craigslist! I could not let that happen to her, so I adopted her myself, and this was about 25 months ago. She now is probably the healthiest ,Kitty I have here, of all my fosters and personal cats, except for the fact she is FeLV+ status. I did almost lose her once, to killer calici, and she had such swollen joints and was lame on all fours, alternating 3 legs at a time, for over three months, besides the sores, and all of the other oddities that accompany calici. All my cats got it, even though Pawsome lives in my room, ISO, did not come into contact with any others... and I almost lost her. Other than that, she has only had sniffles and a sneeze, which I immediately start antibiotics at the tiniest indication of. I do realize that she is on her third year of life, and usually kitties don't make it this far, and dread every day she might be sick from something minute. I watch her like a hawk, for fear of losing her. But she has beat the odds so far, and I hope she continues to be healthy and happy and playful, like she is now, for a long time to come. Kat > *From:* felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [ > mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org<felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org>] > *On Behalf Of *Lee Evans > *Sent:* Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7:14 PM > *To:* firstname.lastname@example.org > *Subject:* Re: [Felvtalk] Transmittal via fleas**** > > ** ** > > Some kittens born to FeLv+ mothers do turn negative but it's more likely > that an adult who contracted the disease from another adult will fight it > off and turn negative, like my cats Moses and Percy. Percy is FIV+ > though. He's a young street fighter rescued in terrible condition. I'm > really happy he fought off the FeLv. I have an FIV+ area for my little > colony of positives so no problem. Percy is going to join them this week. > He's all shiny and fat now.**** > > ** ** > > The bad news about FeLv kittens is that most of them never make it to > adulthood. The ones who do will live for about 2 years. Taco and Smooch > were rescued as adults already. They were FeLv+. They lived with me for > about 2 years. They were buddies, from different street situations but > they bonded nicely the last year of their lives.**** > > **** > > *Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty > neighbors too!***** > > ** ** > ------------------------------ > > *From:* GRAS <g...@optonline.net> > *To:* email@example.com > *Sent:* Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:50 PM > *Subject:* Re: [Felvtalk] Transmittal via fleas**** > > ** ** > > In the 20 years of cat rescue, with so many FIV+ mother cats, not a single > kitten EVER was FIV+! And when and if tested, there was absolutely no sign > of it by age 3 months, although some vets say that it could be up to 6 > months. They shed the virus quite rapidly as their immune systems develop. > **** > > I have never heard of kittens born to FeLV mothers ever being negative.*** > * > > **** > > **** > > > > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: Beth <create_me_...@yahoo.com> > To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com> > Cc: > Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 06:44:39 -0700 (PDT) > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: FIV & FeLV kittens > I've always seen FIV kittens turn negative after being taken away from mom > for a period. I've never seen a kitten positive on an FeLV test turn > negative later. I have seen litters where 1 might consistently test > negative on an Elisa & the others are positive, but the negative has always > eventually turned positive, even after being removed from mom. > I know there are others with different experiences, but this has always > been my experience.. > > Beth > > Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org <http://www.furkids.org/> > > >
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