I can't be so hard on Vets anymore. Getting thru Vet school can't educate where the whole disease process is so little understood. I have researched FeLV up down and sideways, and NOTHING is certain. Two years ago I had a house full of negative cats. All my FL cats (we moved to SC) had been tested at LEAST twice. No new cat (2) was added without a doubly negative (60 days apart) FeLV test. One of the new ones was my first symptomatic +. I now have 2 positives, and probably two others, as well. I'm now (to my great distress) vaccinating against it.
Can't figure out what else to do. Margo -----Original Message----- >From: trustinhi...@charter.net >Sent: Sep 24, 2013 1:09 PM >To: firstname.lastname@example.org >Cc: email@example.com >Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question about FeLV/FIV testing > >I agree with Lee completely. It angers me that someone can get through >Vet school and still not be knowledgable about this disease. I rescued a >male cat, two years old, and only then learned he was FelV+ after he was >neutered. He has thrown off the virus twice. He is over 6 now. mingels >with my other rescues and no one has gotten sick. Killing kittens >becasue they carry the virus (or some test says they ahve it) is >irresponsible. > > >On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM, Lee Evans wrote: > >> 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> >>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org 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. >>> --Beth >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Felvtalk mailing list >>> Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org >>> >>> http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org >>> >>> >>> >> >> ------------------------------ >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Felvtalk mailing list >> Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org >> http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > >_______________________________________________ >Felvtalk mailing list >Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org >http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org