Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Lorrie
Some vets say to euthanize FelV cats right away, but most vets now realize many positive cats revert to negative in time. My 4 positive kittens look so healthy, and they're playful and adorable. I will give them the happiest life I can and hope they revert to negative when I retest. Lorrie On

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Lorrie
Melissa, I'd certainly have him retested. He may well be free of FelV by now. Many cats throw off the virus as they have strong immune systems. Lorrie ___ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread McKenna's
Thank you everyone for you input. We never entertained for a second the thought of euthanizing Tickles. My vet thought I was crazy for taking him, but he's not the only one. ALL life deserves a chance. We live in a disposable society and many believe if something isn't perfect, it's a waste of

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread GRAS
Some vets even tell people to kill FIV+ kittensunless they were exposed to FIV directly, they are never positive even with a FIV+ mother! Why are some vets so damned stupid? -Original Message- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread GRAS
Which test did he have? My new email address is:atia@gmail.com -Original Message- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:02 PM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread longhornfans
My FeLV kitty had blood in his stools but he also had coccidia. Lynda Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile -Original Message- From: GRAS g...@optonline.net Sender: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:11:54 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Reply-to:

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread GRAS
Sorry, I meant which FeLV test was done on him? -Original Message- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of longhornf...@verizon.net Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:32 AM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re:

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Lee Evans
They are so ignorant because they went to veterinary medical school and they never looked outside the book, at the actual animal.  Buttercup, a lovely Turkish Van mix came to me deathly ill and pregnant.  She was probably dumped when some people in the neighborhood moved.  A week after she

[Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Forgotten Felines
One of the 3 kittens I recently rescued tested positive for FeLV on the snap test. Although we're going to run the advanced test in about a month, Kaya gets sick very easily and loses several ounces when she does. Kaya is almost 5 months old now, 3 lbs 2 oz, and we've had her for nearly 2 months.

Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Lee Evans
Kaya should be treated like a kitten who got sick.  Kittens do this regularly and because their immune systems are not as fully developed as a cat's is, they tend to go downhill fast if not given extra food, meds, etc..  Do NOT put this cat on steroids.  It will compromise her immune system

Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Christiane Biagi
Didn't find out my Tucson was FELV+ until several years after after I brought her in (as a kitten) with my other cats. She had tested neg on ELissa. So when I discovered she was pos, there was no choice for me about keeping them integrated. I had the others vaccinated. I subsequently brought

Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Forgotten Felines
That's a huge relief. Not sure where I'd read the steroids thing, but my heart sunk seeing it, so I couldn't be more pleased to hear that's not the case. I'll definitely re-test Kaya, but I was also wondering, is there any chance the other kittens could've had a false neg? Like perhaps I tested

Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Lee Evans
A false negative is possible but not probable since they were living together before you took them in or at least had contact with each other.  FeLv is NOT as contagious as vets would have you think but I do isolate the positives from the negatives anyway.  Steroids are only to be used in

[Felvtalk] FW: Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Natalie
I had two FeLV+ cats living with quite a few healthy cats for 6 months - some cats were very young, some very old, and one or two with CRF at the time. After finding out - I had the youngest, oldest and sick ones tested immediately - all OK. Now I spot check the remaining ones when they go to

Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten

2012-08-22 Thread Beth
All the kittens need to be retested after 3 months on the SNAP test. The virus can take 12 weeks to show up on the test after exposure. Beth Forgotten Felines toledoc...@gmail.com wrote: One of the 3 kittens I recently rescued tested positive for FeLV on the snap test. Although we're going to

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread McKenna's
Tickles had what is called the IDEXX? test done on him. Does that sound familiar to you, GRAS? @LINDA, I have heard of coccidia, but what exactly is it? Can it be cured with meds? Our vet can't seem to figure out the source of the blood and feels he may rupture some small capillaries when he

[Felvtalk] FW: FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread GRAS
No, I haven't heard of IDEXX - looked it up and it seems to be equivalent to the SNAP test but used on large animals like cows. Coccidia is a parasite that can easily be taken care of. Natalie -Original Message- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Christiane Biagi
Coccidia's a parasite==real to kill. But would likely involve diahrea as well. My Romeo would sometimes get dark blood on outside of feces--or in box--vet thought he likely was straining to defecate, hence the blood. Didn't happen often but more than once. IDDEX is the name of the company that

Re: [Felvtalk] FW: FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Beth
Idexx is the name of a company processing lab tests. We send them blood samples from animals at our shelter they perform the necessary test. It could have been an ELISA or an IFA (usually only done after a positive ELISA). Beth GRAS g...@optonline.net wrote: No, I haven't heard of IDEXX -

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread McKenna's
Ok, thank you, Christine. I will get the IFA done then. Tickles does not have any diarrhea with the blood and the blood isn't always there. The only other thing about his stool is that it is particularly odorous! LOL I'm hoping these next set of tests shows him to be negative. Thanks again for

Re: [Felvtalk] FW: FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread McKenna's
Thank you, Natalie. I had another gal tell me that IDEXX is the name of the company that manufactures the stick test which I guess is equivalent to the ELISSA. I will have him retested and the IFA done also. Thank you for your help and advice. Melissa -Original Message- From: GRAS

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Christiane Biagi
Does his stool always have a bit of blood or is it just once in a while? If only once in a while, maybe another food might work better for him... but that's my own bias about the prescription food. I had much better result w. a grain free food with veggies in it found their stools were just

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread McKenna's
More often than not, there is a bit of blood in it. Sometimes, there is not. I have tried several different foods. Still blood in stool. What brand name of grain free food do you use please? I would be willing to try it. -Original Message- From: Christiane Biagi Sent: Wednesday,

Re: [Felvtalk] FelV positive kittens

2012-08-22 Thread Christiane Biagi
I use the regular Wellness canned food--its grain free. I supplement w. a little of the dry Wellness weight mgmt. at night. One question--has the vet done blood work on him? If he's bleeding that much, his hemoglobin count would be real low And good for you for hanging in w. Tickles--he's