[Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Julie Dalesio Gladnick
Hi there- I don't know if this is the right place, but I am hoping for some feedback. I recently adopted two kittens, a brother and sister. At 7 weeks, I had them tested for FeLV. The boy kitty is positive but the girl kitty is negative. Is that even possible? They have been living together

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Kathi Clark
Julie, I, too, freaked out when I found out my new kitty was positive. She lives in a my household with 4 other cats and as far as I know, none of the others have been infected. I do get each one of them (except for the + one) FeLV boosted every year. She's now 4 years old and is a fun,

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Julie Dalesio Gladnick
Thank you so much, Kathi- I'm needing as much support as I can get. I love these two more than anything and can't stand thinking about them in pain. Yes, they have been playing and grooming each other for 7 weeks; I'm hoping that the test was faulty, because if not, it sounds like Maggie will

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Chris
You are definitely in the right place! You'll get lots of good ideas here... As someone owned by 3 FELV - 1 FELV+ cat, I can understand how frightening this all is. My Tucson is 8 + years old I've had her since she's a kitten. I never seperated them no one has turned pos in all these

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Chris
There is no rhyme or reason for who fights the virus off who doesn't... Don't assume she'll automatically become positive. My youngest 2 cats were with my Tucson as kittens before I knew she was positive. They were kittens from the street though not in horrendous shape, they hadn't eaten

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Julie Dalesio Gladnick
Hi Chris, Again, thank you for your support and experience. I had cats all my life growing up, and this is my first experience with FELV, so I am certainly still learning. I certainly am waiting (and praying) for the IFA tomorrow. He's a tough little guy and I have to keep believing in him. Do

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2010-05-31 Thread Tad Burnett
Hi Julie You have come to the right place... We all have a similar story to tell... Your story is exactly like mine.. Two black and white tux kittens.. Boy was pos and girl was neg... I didn't have room to separate them and the vet advised that she surely she had been exposed and she might be

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Julie Dalesio Gladnick
Hi Tad- Thank you so much for your supportive words. I am so sorry to hear about your girl kitty, but it certainly does bring some perspective and reality. I think I will take your advice and let them be together at least until the second test; they are so much happier. I guess my hesitancy is

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Diane Rosenfeldt
Julie, you've gotten some great advice here already, but just one more thing I don't think anyone has mentioned at length: your boy is asymptomatic now, and that's great. But as has been mentioned, he is more liable to pick up opportunistic infections and the like, and they may be likely to hit

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Tad Burnett
There is a disease that pregnant women can get from the litter box cleaning... It is very rare and I think you have to stick your fingers in your mouth after handling litter in order to get it... I don't think it has anything to do with FeLV It can cause brain damage to the fetus if you

Re: [Felvtalk] needing support

2010-05-31 Thread Julie Dalesio Gladnick
Hi Diane- Thank you for your note. I definitely agree to letting my kitties be together makes them the happiest. Of course, I am still praying that his first test was a false positive, but if not, will hope that Maggie has built some immunity and I can keep them both happy and loved as Iong as