Ask the person who told you this to document it. And find out how s/he thinks it _IS_ transmitted?
I don't think it's transmitted by casual minimal contact, but I USED to believe that adult cats were pretty much immune. Now I am convinced it is transmitted by close contact, shared food and water, and mutual grooming. And although I don't know who gave it, and who got it, I have two positive cats, who are great buddies, and both tested negative within the last 18 months.
Do most foster homes in your area mix fosters with their personal companions? I ask because I never did, and never considered it. They were always kept seperately, and I asked my foster homes to do the same. Maybe we were unusual?
All the best,
From: "Amanda K. Payne"
Sent: Jun 11, 2013 8:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Rescuing Kittens and Positive Kitty w/ Flatulence-AmandaBeth,Everyone I've spoke with tests with the exception of some of the rescues I work with. I'm going to approach the folks in charge about testing. One of them recently told me that scientists not longer believed FeLV was transmissible through saliva (sharing water bowls, ect) so foster cats have a hard time passing it. I read a lot about FeLV and haven't read that ANYWHERE. Ugh, this whole thing makes me feel terrible. I don't want to potentially infect other cats but I also don't want to scare away potential fosters.
On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 5:46 AM, Beth <create_me_...@yahoo.com> wrote:
Our shelter tests on intake on the snap test. Positives are immediately re-tested to make sure there was no error. If retest is positive we do an IFA. If the IFA is negative we wait & retest on the snap
In an ideal world all rescues that tested negative would be quarantined for 3 months & rested to make sure they really are negative, since the virus can take 3 months to show up on the snap test. But that just is not feasible.
I don't have any suggestions on your second question.
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From: Amanda K. Payne <amandak.pa...@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 9, 2013 4:57 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Rescuing Kittens and Positive Kitty w/ Flatulence
Hi Everyone!I have two questions today regarding FeLV.First, for anyone who has worked in the rescue world, what is your testing protocol? I volunteer w/ several cat/kitten rescues in Los Angeles. I recently found a litter in my garage and they're staying in my guest room until I can find a foster. I have two FeLV+ cats so I'm overly cautious and don't want other cats in the house, even if they're in the spare room away from my cats. One of the rescues found another foster for the litter but the new foster has a cat. I got to talking to her about FeLV and now she won't take the kittens without them being tested--which I TOTALLY agree with. However, the rescue doesn't seem to think it necessary. Am I just paranoid? I think all cats and kittens should be tested before being introduced into a new household. However, I feel like an ass for talking too much because I may have wrecked their potential foster home. I also know that testing isn't the most economical thing to do--LAAS doesn't even test their animals until they are adopted out. How does everyone feel about testing vs. not testing?Also, my girl, Polli (the one who wasn't eating a few weeks ago) has terrible gas. It clears the room. She's eating, drinking and using the litter box fine. She's always had problems with flatulence but now that she's showing signs of leukemia related illnesses, I once again just want to make sure it's not a sign of something bigger. Anyone have FeLV kitties with gas? Or a gassy cat for that matter?Talk to ya'll soon and I hope everyone's kitties are doing well!Best,-Amanda
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