What I meant is that I don't mix leukemia positive cats into my general group 
as I would an FIV positive cat with a marshmallow personality who does not 
fight, not an alpha cat type. I did have two feline leukemia positive cats for 
over two years. They lived together in a separate room with each other. They 
were perfectly healthy for those two years, then suddenly turned symptomatic. 
One passed away quickly from what the vet diagnosed as bone marrow cancer. The 
other simply lost weight uncontrollably and followed his buddy over the edge. 
He probably also had bone marrow cancer or lymphoma. Those are the most likely 
two illness that kill the leukemia positive cats when the disease goes active. 
I also found a wonderful  person who had had losses from feline leukemia but 
was willing to go through the heartbreak again just to give a cat a chance at 
life. One of the cats I gave to her passed away in two years. The second one I 
begged her to take ( I think
 she was ready to shoot me when phoned to ask if she would foster another FeLv+ 
cat) is still living the life of luxury with her. It has been 6 years and 
counting so far. Keeping all fingers and paws crossed.

> From: Shelley Theye <ve...@bellsouth.net>
>To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
>Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:39 PM
>Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question about FeLV/FIV testing
>Thanks for describing your cats' histories.
>Can you explain what you mean in the last few sentences of your posting?  
>> However, I do not mix positive-for- leukemia cats with my regular group. 
>> Right now all the cats who are with me are either negative or turned. 
>On Sep 24, 2013, at 8:37 PM, Lee Evans wrote:
>> From: Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com>
>> To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org> 
>> Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:33 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question about FeLV/FIV testing
>> You are a good, caring and compassionate person. I don't feel that FeLv is 
>> as contagious as vets try to panic us into thinking. I had two cats mixed in 
>> with 8 others. They all lived together in cat harmony for many years, 
>> grooming each other, eating, drinking together and using the same litter 
>> boxes. They lived in love and happiness. Then Tiger and Twerp became ill. 
>> They were very old, around 15 years. I had had them tested twice throughout 
>> their lifetime when each had come down with a very stubborn URI. But they 
>> had tested negative both times. At the end of their days, I had them tested 
>> again to see if they were not suffering from old age but from something I 
>> could possibly treat. Along with the fact that they both had renal failure, 
>> they both tested positive for FeLv. Probably, the virus was dormant in the 
>> bone marrow all those years but when their immune system began to break down 
>> and their kidneys were failing, the virus took hold also. They
 passed away quietly within hours of each other. The other 8 cats who had been 
living with them tested negative for everything and all died of old age and 
renal failure. I don't know when Tiger and Twerp became actively FeLv+ but it 
doesn't matter. It shows that even with such close interaction, the cats that 
did not test positive still did not test positive. However, I do not mix 
positive-for- leukemia cats with my regular group. Right now all the cats who 
are with me are either negative or turned. However, I do have a few little 
marshmallows who are FIV+ mixed into the group because they don't fight. I also 
have a small FIV "shelter", a detached building of one large room and a 
wire-enclosed porch for four FIV+ cats who have a bit of an attitude and are 
not to be trusted to keep a friendly discussion friendly.
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