I’m very sorry to hear about Bunny. You did all you could for her.
Adult cats are more resilient against infection than kittens, but we don’t
really know just how much (a little or a lot). Since it doesn’t sound like the
cats were constantly biting and fighting, I think it’s less likely that they’ll
test positive. We had FeLV in our house for almost two years, and only one of
the four cats became persistently infected.
I really don’t know what could have happened with the positive to negative to
positive results. No one could, unless Bunny had been in a lab under constant
scrutiny. There are latent/regressive infections that the AAFP officially
thinks (in its paper on feline retroviruses) are unlikely to lead to illness or
later progressive/persistent infection. Perhaps while they are unlikely to lead
to progressive/persistent infection, this isn’t completely impossible.
It seems *extremely* unlikely that the virus could have gotten to the kitten in
sufficient quantities to cause her to be infected, so I don’t think I would
worry about that. I mean, I know I would personally worry, just because I do,
but I don’t think you have a reason to, other than the obvious concern you have
Take care, and best wishes for negative results for Samson and Delilah.
On Oct 31, 2013, at 6:49 PM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> She came to me two and a half years ago when she was around 9 months old. She
> had been abandoned at an apartment complex, rescued but then tested FeLv+.
> She was brought to me to see if she would turn negative. She did! I kept her
> anyway because she had a few bad habits, like biting my fingers when I was
> sleeping and trying to tear apart my iPod headphones. She was very
> mischievous. I named her Bunny because she was brought to me on Easter
> Sunday. She has lived with me and two other cats in my bedroom/home office
> since that Easter in 2011. About two weeks ago I noticed a change in her
> behavior. She no longer pestered Delilah, the resident female cat in the room
> and she seemed to lose interest in sleeping on the bed with me and Samson and
> Delilah (the two other cats in the room). However she was eating normally and
> nothing else seemed out of place. I assumed that it was the change in the
> weather from very hot to nice, cool evenings and then to rain. On Saturday of
> last week she seemed lethargic. She was not eating her usual amount of food
> and not drinking her usual amount of water. I checked her gums to see if it
> might be stomatitis or some bad tooth upsetting her but her gums were very
> pale and so was her tongue. I immediately thought it was flea anemia. I took
> her to the vet on Tuesday because Monday is usually very busy with dogs
> there. She was more lethargic and depressed by then and her appetite had all
> but disappeared. She was still drinking water. She had no fleas so I asked
> the vet to re-test her for FeLv. Sure enough, she was positive. She had all
> the classic symptoms of active FeLv. I was heart broken but still, I asked
> him to give her some meds to make her more comfortable and perhaps get back
> her appetite. He gave her cortisone. Today, she was no better. She just lay
> on her towel and couldn't make it to the litter box although it was just a
> few steps away. I took her in again and he gave her some fluids, not too much
> because he said it would make her even more anemic. He gave her a little more
> cortisone to try to kick start her appetite. I had been syringe feeding her
> by then. He also gave her a small dose of Convenia and some B-complex but
> nothing helped. She passed several hours after the vet visit. I probably
> should have had him help her pass but I just didn't want to give up hope.
> There is a question here, in all this upsetting dialog. My other two cats who
> slept with me and Bunny and groomed each other, ate with each other, drank
> and used the same litter box are around 7 years old. The vet told me that
> once they are into adulthood, they are not as likely to get FeLv as they
> would if they were under 2 years old. Is this true? I will have them tested
> in about 3 weeks anyway to see what happened, if anything. Also, has anyone
> had the experience of a young cat throwing off the virus and turning
> negative, then turning positive again after a year, or was that second test
> after I had held her in isolation for 4 months a false negative?
> Right now I'm fostering a kitten who has tested negative for FIV/FeLv. She is
> several rooms away from where Bunny has lived. They never came in contact
> with each other but I have walked from my bedroom into the kitten's room to
> feed, clean, etc.. Did I put her at risk?
> This is desperately upsetting. I have decided not to take in any more fosters
> with FeLv. I have never had this happen before. Most of my "turned" cats are
> still with me and are well into several years of adulthood. I usually don't
> have good results with getting turned cats adopted because most people don't
> want the possibility that the cat is harboring the disease. Maybe Bunny had
> it in her bone marrow and tested negative on the regular SNAP test. I should
> have tested with the IFA also but don't have much money to spare.
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