Hi Lee,

 

       I am in no way claiming that I have the answer to this :). What I have put together from all my recent compulsive research _seems_ to be that while a cat tests negative, even though the virus may still be present, it is dormant, and not transmissible. Once they test positive, they are contagious. Take with a grain of salt.

 

      I am also going through this dilemma. 18 months ago, all negative cats. Now, 2 are positive. And it remains to see if there will be more in the future.

 

sigh

 

Margo

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Evans
Sent: Jun 5, 2013 11:17 AM
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org"
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] a tough and sad day

I know that FeLv is infectious but I had two carrier cats who tested negative until they were old and had renal failure, then tested positive. However, if FeLv were so contagious their housemates would have been infected early on because everyone slept in a pile and groomed each other. After Tiger and Twerp passed away, I had the other 6 tested. No one was infected and each passed away from ordinary cat issues, usually renal failure. I really don't feel like one hissy fit between your cats will cause any permanent damage.

 
Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty neighbors too!



From: Margo <toomanykitti...@earthlink.net>
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] a tough and sad day


Hi Lance,
 
                      Have they ever been vaccinate against rabies? That's usually enough to allow a "home quarantine" if it even comes up.
 
                      A little late (I'm sorry, I just got to this) but bathing the negative cat to remove any saliva or other bodily fluids might help prevent infection if it should happen again. Chances are Callie will be fine, FeLV is not that easily transmitted.
 
All the best,
 
Margo
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Lance
Sent: Jun 5, 2013 9:55 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] a tough and sad day

Thanks for the good thoughts, everyone. Sharyl, I hope I'm the only one with a puncture wound. I don't know that for sure. I've felt around on Callie's neck, tail, and legs, and I haven't found anything yet, but I doubt that I'd know it if I were touching it. I wish there was something that could be given within 24-48 hours to prevent an FeLV infection, but I know of nothing like that.

Callie is not up on her rabies vaccine. She doesn't go outside, so my parents chose not to vaccinate her. Ember  is in the same boat. I'm not sure, but I'm hoping that this wasn't reported to the health department. That Callie could now be dealing with an FeLV infection is nightmarish enough.

On Jun 5, 2013, at 5:44 AM, Sharyl <cline...@yahoo.com> wrote:

Lance, if you are the only one with a puncture wound I wouldn't worry either. 
 
Is Callie current on her rabies vaccine?  Since you went to the doc for abx you may get a call from the Health Dept.  I know I did when I went to the ER for treatment of an infected cat bite.  I had to agree to quarantine my cat for 10 days..
 
Sharyl

From: Lance <lini...@fastmail.fm>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:53 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] a tough and sad day

Hi everyone,

I wanted to ask for prayers and warm thoughts for my FeLV+ girl, Ember as well as my mother's (hopefully) negative cat, Callie. Somehow, Callie got into Ember's room, not once, but twice. The first time only lasted for a few minutes, but I discovered a terrible cat fight in progress when I got back upstairs. To disrupt the chase, I grabbed Callie to remove her from the room. I got a bloody finger with three puncture marks in the process.

Later, I realized I should really get abx for the bite, so my dad took me to the doctor. We were gone about an hour. When I got back, I was saddened to find that I had stupidly managed to not completely close one of the doors to our rooms, and Callie had again gotten in. I don't know that the cats fought the second time. I think Callie might have explored the normally off limits rooms. I found Ember hiding but unshaken behind some clothes, and Callie didn't act like she was on edge, but I have no idea what happened.

Needless to say, I'm very concerned about Callie's possible exposure to the virus. We've had a few run-ns over the last seven years, but nothing like the fight/chase I broke up today. My hope is that Callie being seven years old puts her at low risk for infection. She hasn't had any recent vax for FeLV, but she had the FeLV (including booster) when she was a kitten. She also seems very healthy.

There was actually more tough cat stuff today involving a 17 yro diabetic who had to go for a dental (this ended on a good note), and my usual concerns about Ember. The radiologist hasn't contacted the surgeon after almost a week, and Ember probably needs surgical intervention for her diaphragmatic hernia.

Please think of the two girls.

Lance
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