I have had a lot of success with adult cats who threw off the virus in about 2
months and tested negative from then on. For kittens, they may or may not have
been actually positive. Since their immune system is not fully developed, they
might not throw off the virus as soon as adults. Too bad about the idiot vet
who gave the adopters such ridiculously incorrect advice. Keep the kittens for
another 4 weeks, then re-test. You really should find them a home with a person
who understands that a positive test does not mean the kitten should be killed.
If they are still looking and feeling well, let them live. A home with no other
cats or with cat-friendly dog is the best for this type of kitten.
> From: Betheny Laubenthal <bailleyspetc...@gmail.com>
>Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 7:04 PM
>Subject: [Felvtalk] Question about FeLV/FIV testing
>What's the earliest that testing using a SNAP test for FeLV/FIV can be done so
>that it is accurate? I know that if it is done early on, it can be inaccurate.
>The reason I asked is that we adopted out a 10 week old kitten July 16. We
>did not test. I don't like testing before 16 weeks. We pulled the kitten and
>her sister from another state. Mom was in a high kill shelter. She was PTS
>before we could rescue her. The rest of the litter was PTS. Miles and
>Journey were the only ones left.
>Today, the kitten (Miles) tested positive for leukemia and was PTS (the ill
>informed vet used scare tactics on the owner and made the owner think that her
>dogs could get it). I was called after the fact.
>What is proper testing protocol? Vaccination protcol? I use a 4 way with
>feline leukemia, killed virus.
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