Re: need help - a negative, later positive - ?

2005-05-02 Thread MamaKitty1
Gloria: I'm an old member, but don't get here as often as I'd like... or should.. but heres our experience. We found Lucky, at about 5 weeks old,the result of a "hit and run". She survived the weekend in the ER and the next Monday went to our vet for further evaluation and testing. She tested

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2005-04-26 Thread Hideyo Yamamoto
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: RE: need help - a negative, later positive - ? Gloria~~the test on one of my FeLV kittens wasn't dependable. Flavia tested negative the day I met her--she was 14 weeks. The rescuer and I were thrilled. A month later she was re-tested when she was spayed

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2005-04-07 Thread Susan Loesch
You know, I tend to wish that, too. Gloria and I are part of the same rescue group and we both are really concerned that this issue has come up with one of our cats. Several years ago I was so freaked out by FIV and Feleuk that when Gloria and I first met over a couple of cats who'd always been

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2005-04-07 Thread Nina
Hi Susan, I think you're doing a wonderful thing, helping as many, as best you can. Thanks to you and all those who take on so much. What else could anyone ask for? Ah, a perfect world... The cost of the feline interferon is high, $250 for a full 5 day treatment. Yes, that will exclude so

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2005-04-07 Thread Susan Loesch
You're right, it is the same way. I hope our vet will go ahead with the paperwork - and maybe we can find a way to come up with some $$. I sometimes wonder if it would be better to take in fewer animals and be able to concentrate more time and money both on their care - but then along comes

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2005-04-07 Thread catatonya
That's why I say don't bother testing. There's no telling how many have been put down because they tested positive when they could have just been exposed and would havetested negative 90 days later. Also, there's no telling how many they've adopted that are positive because they tested negative

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2005-04-07 Thread Nina
Oh Susan, I understand completely. I've, sort of by default, opted for taking in fewer in order to do more for each one. The only way I can do that though, is to stay inside the house with the door locked. Sometimes when I'm driving down the streets of my neighborhood, I'm afraid of what

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2005-04-07 Thread Hideyo Yamamoto
@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: need help - a negative, later positive - ? You're right, it is the same way. I hope our vet will go ahead with the paperwork - and maybe we can find a way to come up with some $$. I sometimes wonder if it would be better to take in fewer animals and be able

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2005-04-06 Thread Gloria B. Lane
I've got a question - our group took in a kitten from animal control , 8 weeks old, in May 2003. He was tested for FELV/FIV (Elisa snap test) in November 2003, and tested negative. We adopted him out about March 2004. The new owner just reported back that he was havine URI problems, and he

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2005-04-06 Thread carlas
off the virus. Carla Date sent: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 09:29:00 -0500 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org From: Gloria B. Lane [EMAIL PROTECTED] Copies to: Subject:need help - a negative, later positive - ? Send reply

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2005-04-06 Thread MacKenzie, Kerry N.
reflects this advice. Kerry -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Gloria B. Lane Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 9:29 AM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: need help - a negative, later positive - ? I've got a question - our group took

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2005-04-06 Thread TenHouseCats
bottom line seems to be that ANY cat that tests positive for FeLV needs to be retested in 90 days the problem, of course, is that what rescue/shelter has the holding capacity for this i've been thinking about this for awhile--whether folks with confirmed FeLVs would be willing/able to

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2005-04-06 Thread MacKenzie, Kerry N.
] On Behalf Of TenHouseCats Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 1:32 PM To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: need help - a negative, later positive - ? bottom line seems to be that ANY cat that tests positive for FeLV needs to be retested in 90 days the problem, of course, is that what rescue

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2005-04-06 Thread TenHouseCats
well, this is where we have to get the science people in if a cat tests positive, it means it's been exposed to the virus. i would THINK that if it's gonna be able to throw the virus off (develop an immunity to the virus), it's gonna do that anyway. ie, if it's a healthy cat to start with who

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2005-04-06 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Dear Delusional - No, MC, just kidding! It is a problem - how do you find those exceptions that pop up? And I'll bet it's harder on the breed rescues, when they encounter the FELV cats. Right now, we just have people who'll take them. Or, when They've already adopted and are in love, they

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2005-04-06 Thread MacKenzie, Kerry N.
PROTECTED] On Behalf Of TenHouseCatsSent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:07 PMTo: felvtalk@felineleukemia.orgSubject: Re: need help - a negative, later positive - ?well, this is where we have to get the science people in if a cat tests positive, it means it's been exposed to the virus. i would THINK

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2005-04-06 Thread TenHouseCats
the good news is that vets aren't automatically euthanizing all cats who test positive for FeLV, the bad news is that vets aren't automatically euthanizing all cats who test positive for FeLV... outreach to rescues? it's not that hard to find breed rescues, and even if we all just individually

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2005-04-06 Thread TenHouseCats
again, this is where my grasp of the medical falls short. i don't know what research has been done re: prevalence of false positives, how/if they relate to the tests used, and other factors. which, again, brings up the issue of whether a healthy, adult cat that's exposed to the virus (even if

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2005-04-06 Thread Tad Burnett
I say "The Bottom Line" is what I just read on another listEvery 9 seconds an animal is put tp sleep becouse there is no one to care for it...And most of those are FeLV neg The bottom line is that we should encourage anyone to care for an animal however they are comfortable doing...If

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2005-04-06 Thread TenHouseCats
i don't think the issue is trying to convince people to do what they cannot or are not comfortable doing--but you were able to do what you have done because you adequate information to make the decision i am grateful that i have learned what i have about FeLV, and discovered things about

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2005-04-06 Thread catatonya
but negatives need to be retested too, because they may have been recently exposed. I just wish now that shelters didn't test at allTenHouseCats [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: bottom line seems to be that ANY cat that tests positive for FeLVneeds to be retested in 90 days the problem, of course,

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2005-04-06 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Perhaps giving one test is going to be the best some shelters can do - and just try to do the best we can... Gloria At 07:57 PM 4/6/2005, you wrote: but negatives need to be retested too, because they may have been recently exposed. I just wish now that shelters didn't test at all

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2005-04-06 Thread TenHouseCats
i think that is the best we can do--at times at the sanctuary, as all the info swirled around re: which tests do what, when they work, if they work, what they test for, how often they need to be repeated, is PCR the answer, is the IFA the best, the director wondered if there was a point to testing

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2005-04-06 Thread catatonya
I agree Tad. If you adopt or take in a cat that has ever been exposed to another cat you really have no idea. My opinion is vaccinate your cats/kittens when you get them, and hope for the best. If someone gets sick, test. If positive, treat as best you can. I don't think there's any way you can