Yaay for Oliver!  Feline acne, especially in cats with some white fur is not 
serious.  I usually use a flea comb on their chin or other parts to remove the 
crud.  Then I use a very mild baby soap to gently wash the area, rinse it with 
wet wash cloth and pat it dry.  I do this until the acne finally goes away.  
Sometimes it returns and I have to do it again.  I think the cause is grease 
from the cat food getting on their fur and clogging their pores.  Some of my 
calicos, or white or tabby and white cats used to get it.  I have one cat who 
gets it quite frequently.  It's fortunate that she's a sweety and doesn't 
resent my washing her chin fur.
Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty neighbors 

 From: Don <mosquito.d...@gmail.com>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Need advice for our cat Oliver

Just an update. I took Oliver in today as he has some pretty bad acne on his 
chin and while we were there I had them do a retest (snap) 
FIV/leukemia test.  He was negative for both, so it appears as the first 
positive test we got about a month ago was a false positive and the 
infection he had was likely just another virus.  We pretty much expected this 
once the IFC tests were both negative but it was nice to have 
Thanks for the all the replies with advice.
Don and Oliver

On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM, Don <mosquito.d...@gmail.com> wrote:

>Our boy Oliver, has been doing well since his brothers passing due to 
CRF last Feb but in the past year or so we have seen some signs that we 
had been reading as old age (less grooming, weight loss...he just turned
 15 this August). Thursday night he was acting lethargic and seemed to be warm 
the touch. I dropped him off at our vet who suggest it might 
just be a virus (most of this blood panel was good, except a low white 
blood cell count, now 2% below normal HCT values since July, and a 105 F 
temperature). He suggested we might test 
him for leukemia and FIV as he wanted to rule it out even though Oliver 
has always been an indoor cat (he used a ELISA snap test...as far as we know he 
has never been tested for feLV or FIV). The bad news came 
later when he called to say he was positive for both. He said the FIV 
could be false if Oliver was every given an FIV vaccination (he has), but the 
other was likely true (and also explained the low white count and the 
fever, and now in retrospect some of the other issues). The vet thinks 
he may have had this all his life and is just now experiencing the 
symptoms. So now he is home and although I have read up some and don't 
see much hope, I wondered if anyone can offer any advice. We have sent 
the blood off to get the more sophisticated test but won't hear back 
until next week.
>Our vet, who is the best I have had, suggested perhaps he will last a few 
>weeks or 
months, given that he is showing signs that his body might be losing the
 battle (low white cells, anemia). I'm trying to be optimistic, but with no 
treatments I know this
 is probably a battle we cannot win.
>Here are my questions:
>1. We have 2 other cats who we think have had the feLV booster recently (they 
>are 14 and 16 years old and got the immunization as kittens).  Are they in 
>danger? If they got shots as kittens would they be still safe?  We have Oliver 
>with his own litter box and am making sure they use separate water and food 
>bowls.  There is not grooming among them.
>2.  Is there anyway to know if Oliver can still fight off the virus and become 
>free of it?  If he did have it for 14-15 years, then why does he have symptoms 
>now?  If it was a recent exposure (we cannot think of any way he would have 
>gotten it) then could he still be fine?
>3.  He seems fine now (no fever, eating, drinking, using the litter box, etc.) 
>so is this a good sign that perhaps he is able to fight it off or is this just 
>a false hope.
>4.  If the other test is positive, would anyone suggest using the LTCI 
>treatment?  I have not found good scientific info on it's effectiveness 
>although there appear to be no major side effects.
>Don and Oliver 

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