Thanks everyone, Susan, good points on contacting local rescues. My partner doesn't seem to want to take another positive cat in (too much heartbreak maybe?), which I do understand.
Your little one might test negative in six months, so don't lose hope! On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:16 AM, Susan Grimes <sweet2bcota...@att.net> wrote: > Hi Maya, > My Sophia was just diagnosed with FeLV last week. I have 7 other cats who > have been living with Sophia since I saved her hours from being eu'd. She > was 8 weeks old when I got her and now she is 16+ weeks old. My cats age > from one to nine years old. My one year old Jacob has loved, played, and > groomed Sophia from her mouth to the other end. Everyone is fixed and has > had their vaccinations. My cats are 100% indoors and everyone gets along > good. I plan to have Jacob tested since he has so much close contact and > hopefully he will be FeLV- then everyone will get a booster just for good > measure. I am praying everyone's vaccines and immune systems are working > good, but no one will be isolated I will watch the older ones and treat > symptomatically then test as needed. > > I too have been in rescue for 3 yrs and you can check with local groups > and if you let them know you are looking for a + cat they will keep watch. > They usually have daily contact with local shelters in large cities and > will know if a + cat comes in. You can also look on Petfinders.com and can > find local rescue groups too. > > Best of luck, > Susan & Sophia > > > On Monday, August 11, 2014 4:24 PM, Maya D'Alessio <mde...@gmail.com> > wrote: > > > So, my one cat Merlot is clearly lonely. He is used to being second in > command to our cat Yang who passed away. > > I work with a cat rescue, and the cats there all live communally until > they are adopted (with a quarantine area for cats on meds/who are really > sick). She thinks that there isn't much of a problem with bringing another > cat in to the house, as long as the other cat is not immune compromised, > etc. This contrasts with what my vet says - no other cat contact. > > I'm not sure who to believe here. Obviously FELV is contagious, and it is > passed from cat to cat. The chance of that increases with increased > contact, but the lady made it seem that for the 20 years she's been running > the place she has only had a handful of FELV+ cats, none of them died from > it, and she had a 19 year old cat who had lived with all of them test > negative for FELV recently. I can't imagine being responsible for exposing > another cat to the virus and getting them sick, but I also feel bad for > Merlot who is lonely. I was thining maybe I would consider (in six months > or so), trying to take in a cat who was not going to find another home. > ie. an older cat, or a cat from a society that they were about to put down. > > What do you guys think / what has your vet said to you about this? > > -- > Maya D'Alessio > PhD student > B1 377B, x32320 > Graduate Student Endowment Fund Coordinator > Biology GSA Vice Chair > GSA Director At-Large > University of Waterloo > > _______________________________________________ > 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 > > -- Maya D'Alessio PhD student B1 377B, x32320 Graduate Student Endowment Fund Coordinator Biology GSA Vice Chair GSA Director At-Large University of Waterloo
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