Thanks for the advice MC.
--- On Tue, 4/7/09, MaryChristine twelvehousec...@gmail.com wrote:
From: MaryChristine twelvehousec...@gmail.com
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Advice on 9 month old FELV + kitty
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 10:07 PM
my cats, negative or
I can't remember how old you said that Grr is but I foster lots of very
thin cats for the local shelter.
At first I used canned kitten food alot for extra calories but with
respect to an older (+10 years) cat,
my vet said that the high protein content in kitten food was not good for
i think that both the aafp and winn feline foundation's papers/guidelines
are listed under Management of Retroviruses--if you search the archives,
you should find the exact links as i tend to send them often, but i've just
moved, and can't even find stuff packed on the computer, no less in
My guy is a very big (15.5 lb) FeLV+. he's supposed to be taking interferon
on a week and off a week. It has gotten to the point that now after about 3
days on, he seems to feel bad, he curls up and won't leave the bed all day and
won't eat. I stop the interferon and he's good to go again
Thank you for the info, MC! Onyx's IFA test came up positive - do you know if
cats who are positive on that test ever revert to negative? Also, some vets say
that vaccinated cats always show up positive on later tests (because of the
vax), but two of them said that vaccinated cats do not show
yes, it is possible for a cat who tests positive on the IFA to test negative
later on, but it is MUCH less likely.
depends on two things, as far as i can tell, on two things: initially, the
same thing that holds for retesting with the ELISSA: it can take up to 120
days for the antigens to the
I know there are some who say they have cats that were IFA positive and are
now negative, I would say it is a rare thing.
The FeLV vaccine has no effect on the ELISA or the IFA test. It is the FIV
vaccine that will make a cat test positive for FIV.
Hey Sidney and The General,
There are different protocols for low dose oral (not injected)
interferon alpha, none of which has been
proven that I know of. One is 3 days on and 3 off. Another is 7 on,
7 off. Another is daily.
Vets of course are very individual in their attitude and
gary, it truly has to do with nothing more than the issue of exposure time
and time needed for the virus to be neutralized by the body: both the ELISSA
and IFA test for antigens, NOT antibodies. test with ifa at same time as
ELISSA, and you'll get the same result. test two weeks later, and you'll
many vets think that all cats should be on lysine all the time, symptomatic
or not, to prevent the spread and outbreaks of herpes. i wouldn't bother
worrying about that one!
and just because MOST cats might not react to any particular drug, it
doesn't mean that yours isn't doing so--if this
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