I had two FeLV+ cats living with quite a few healthy cats for 6 months - some cats were very young, some very old, and one or two with CRF at the time. After finding out - I had the youngest, oldest and sick ones tested immediately - all OK. Now I spot check the remaining ones when they go to the vet. NOBODY got infected!
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lee Evans Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 3:05 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten A false negative is possible but not probable since they were living together before you took them in or at least had contact with each other. FeLv is NOT as contagious as vets would have you think but I do isolate the positives from the negatives anyway. Steroids are only to be used in extreme emergency. They should not be given as a continuous medication. I do give my cat with stomatitis a steroid shot every two to three months if needed, maybe less if the stomatitis looks like it is interfering with his ability to eat. Other than that, I stay away from continuous medications in general. The liver and kidneys can be severely stressed and compromised by having to deal with continuous doses of medications (poisons is what they are even if they are supposed to only poison viruses and bacterium). Controlling disorders by a good natural diet is a terrific way to control or eliminate most problems. The occasional antibiotic shot or steroid should be given when needed of course, but always question the vet as to why it would be needed and would there be an alternative to giving the med. Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty neighbors too! _____ From: Forgotten Felines <toledoc...@gmail.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 1:13 PM Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten That's a huge relief. Not sure where I'd read the steroids thing, but my heart sunk seeing it, so I couldn't be more pleased to hear that's not the case. I'll definitely re-test Kaya, but I was also wondering, is there any chance the other kittens could've had a false neg? Like perhaps I tested them too soon after exposure? On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote: Kaya should be treated like a kitten who got sick. Kittens do this regularly and because their immune systems are not as fully developed as a cat's is, they tend to go downhill fast if not given extra food, meds, etc.. Do NOT put this cat on steroids. It will compromise her immune system even more and ruin her kidney function. Most of my FeLv cats were healthy until a week or two before the disease zapped them. Most of the kittens threw off both FeLv and FIV. Several adult cats with FeLv tested negative after 90 days. It's not a death sentence and it's not something you need to treat with meds for the rest of their lives. Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty neighbors too!
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