Janine, you wrote that some of their moms tested negative.  How about the 
positive kitten’s mom - was she pos or neg?  I would retest with the ELISA.  I 
find it strange that a kitten would show a weak positive if the mother was 
positive because their kittens are positive, or should be.  If the kitten’s mom 
is not positive, could this kittens have been exposed to a positive cat and 
therefore be a weak positive?  What was the vet’s explanation?

I don’t have much experience with FeLV – I have quite a few FIV.  I had a FeLV+ 
kitten years ago, and he died within 2 months.  Last year, I had 2 FeLV+ adult 
cats (already in the bone marrow), one died of CRF and the other one was 
adopted by a veterinarian and still doing really well.

Those two FeLV+ cats were living with a large group of healthy cats for about 6 
months…I have retested, starting with the youngest and oldest, and then 
everyone in the middle – not a single cat contracted FeLV!  I consider myself 
quite lucky!  But there are many on this list who have FeLV+ cats living with 
healthy ones, some vaccinate the healthy ones, and some do not.



From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of janine 
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:21 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] 9 kittens, one testing pos


Can anyone explain to me why if from point of exposure to actually testing pos 
is 28 days, if this is correct, why we can't just retest in one month using 
Elisa?  And if all excepting the one testing weak pos, stjill test neg, is this 
good enough?  All 8 kittens and some of their moms tested neg, just the one a 
weak pos.  I am asking because I am trying to make this make sense to me and 
keep everyone safe.  And foster homes understanding. 






From: Natalie <at...@optonline.net>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Fri, October 5, 2012 8:52:00 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] (no subject)

I agree, they have been very civil!  Natalie

From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Diane 
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2012 8:23 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] (no subject)


Thanks, Lee, I was about to say that I have never seen anyone not get responded 
to on this list in their time of need and emotional turmoil. Going offtopic is 
almost inevitable when you’re on a specialized list like this. I think the OT 
discussion has been amazingly civil and respectful. As it happens, I will be 
voting Democrat because I feel they are in touch with, and care about, the 
people that the Republicans have referred to as the 47% they’re not interested 
in reaching. My reasons have to do with the way the most vulnerable among us 
would be treated under each party. I feel people like most of us, who are sort 
of getting by or not quite getting by or getting by only because we get a 
pension or disability or whatever, need people in government who are interested 
in reaching us.


Diane R.

From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lee 
Sent: Friday, October 05, 2012 2:54 PM
To: felvtalk
Subject: [Felvtalk] (no subject)


In the middle of our chit-chat about politics and hunters and vegetarian diets, 
if someone had come in with the subject line: Cat Bitten by Cobra, we would 
have been off the chatty stuff in an instant and onto Google to look up what 
could be done for the cat while the caregiver was taking him to the vet 
emergency clinic.  So if we wander around the hospital isles occasionally when 
everyone is asleep and babble a bit, don't worry.  We can switch in a moment.  
I actually did switch when I saw how agonized you were and posted about vets 
treating FeLv cats differently from non-FeLv cats to get us back on topic. But 
occasionally on every specialized list I have been on there is a subject with 
OT listed and then it's either a funny article copied from a magazine or other 
online source or some cute pictures of cats doing silly things, or even a 
heated political discussion about who will be President and how it would effect 
our ability to financially keep our heads above water and still feed our 
rescues and take our cats to the vet when needed.  It really does tie into the 
FeLv+ cat group because we are very money intensive in trying to keep our 
rescued special needs cats as healthy as can be for as long as can be.  If I 
lose my Social Security and Medicare benefits or they are reduced, I would have 
to cut down on food for myself  and air conditioning in the summer and heat in 
the winter to pay my mortgage on this house that I bought to keep my cats safe 
from being seized by Animal Control in a city where there are cat limits.  Even 
though I still work and have an online job, I would be in dire straits.  So it 
is very important to my cats who I vote for.  And since I live in a rural area, 
hunting becomes a problem for me also.  If the NRA controls the government, 
then my 3 outside cats and my peacock are in danger.  I actually hear gunshots 
sometimes in the daytime on weekends and it makes me tremble.



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