Re: [Felvtalk] Helping kitty with extreme congestion

2010-12-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
I'd also like to put in a plug for Zithromax and Convenia. Zithromax - I buy it dry, divide it into 3rds, and mix a 3rd at a time. Sometimes 1 day 1 dose will do the trick, especially for kittens. We've also had miraculous results with Convenia too, but you get the vet to give an

Re: [Felvtalk] Helping kitty with extreme congestion

2010-12-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
just wanted to say also, maybe you could call the front desk at your vet, and find out EXACTLY what meds were giving to your kitty... it's good to know that. Gloria On Dec 8, 2010, at 9:56 AM, Gloria B. Lane wrote: I'd also like to put in a plug for Zithromax and Convenia. Zithromax -

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Inegrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
The other thing is that among adult cats with healthy immune systems, it may not matter whether they're vaccinated or not. I'm of the camp that thinks it doesn't matter. I've seen articles about this but sorry don't have a reference right now - that healthy adult cats are going to throw

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Inegrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
The other thing is that among adult cats with healthy immune systems, it may not matter whether they're vaccinated or not. I'm of the camp that thinks it doesn't matter. I've seen articles about this but sorry don't have a reference right now - that healthy adult cats are going to throw

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Inegrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Natalie
I have read in holistic reviews that since rabies is required by law, and you take a chance on vaccinating or not. However, the FVRCP given to kittens, then again, and then a year later (new protocol says every 3 yrs), however, vets still do it yearly because they make money on them. After the

[Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
About 6 weeks ago, our cat Oreo got sick and tested positive on Felv. She went downhill since that point and we had to put her to sleep a week later. She was suffering! We panicked about our 6 other (indoor) cats and had them all tested the same day Oreo tested positive. They were all negative,

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Joslin Potter
I would call your vet, but i don't see why it would be a problem, just remember kittens immune systems are not as strong as your older cats, make sure you are keeping the water dishes, litter boxes and such clean... congrats on your new addition! From: Peggy

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Since all your other cats are negative, I would not hesitate to start a process of integrating into the household. I assume you're asking since you once had an FELV positive at one time, but as I understand that virus is very fragile and doesn't survive long outside the body. Gloria On

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Natalie
It all depends on the kitten's age - when tested too young, tests can have false results. -Original Message- From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Peggy Verdonck Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 11:52 AM To:

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
For now the kitten is seperated from all the others. Only if kitten is negative on the test and vaccinated, we will integrate after 2 weeks (if we decide to keep him). I clean litter boxes every day and they all have their own food bowl. They get fed twice a day. I can't leave food out because of

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
He is about 10 weeks old, if not older. When I look at some of his body parts (and testicals ;-) he even seems older then that. What do you think? Too young for testing, or okay? I have to go to the vet later this afternoon to pick up a prescription and I will talk to her about it. I've also

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
Well, yes we had a felv positive cat, but it was in our current group of cats, who are all negative so far. They need to be tested again (since our vet adviced us to do that in a couple of months, to make a 100% sure). 2010/12/8 Gloria B. Lane gbl...@aristotle.net Since all your other cats are

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Stephanie (Merkel) Sherry
Thanks Everyone.  I am lucky in that my vets have never recommended over vaccinating.  Other than rabies, which is required yearly by law in our state, we have never done additional vaccinating on my cats (current and prior) as they are indoor cats only.  It's part of the struggle with

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
Rabies is not necessary on indoor cats, but it's required by law in your state. I would get a second opinion on vaccinating your cats on a regular basis, other then rabies, because even you can bring in a disease that can make your cat sick. Especially cats who are Felv + need their yearly

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Natalie
According to my vet, cats with compromised immune systems should NOT be vaccinated; he also refuses to vaccinate cats that are sick and/or running a feverSince the FVRCP should last a lifetime, and rabies cannot be brought into the house, I would seriously think about not doing it. If a cat

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Natalie
You can test at any age, the question is whether the test result will be correct, or a false positive... If you can keep him isolated in your bathroom (the best isolation ward at our house) until he is over 3 months old, test result efficacy improves. Are your other cats negative or positive for

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
I agree on the Rabies, but not on the FVRCP. Of course a cat that is sick at the moment, shouldn't be vaccinated (no vet will do that), but my vet told me that healthy cats (even Felv+ with no problems at that moment) should be vaccinated annualy. Rather prevent a infection then a Felv+ cat that

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Natalie
The new protocol from the Veterinary Association (I have it) came around quite a few years ago that it shouldn't be done every year, but every three years. And that's exactly what I mean, vets don't even know that? It's disappointing. -Original Message- From:

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Gloria B. Lane
Rabies may be not be required by law for indoor cats, depending on your local. Even so, they're not going to come in your house to check on your house cats. For FELV, I've read quite a bit that healthy adult cats have a good immunity to it whether they're vaccinated or not. Gloria On

Re: [Felvtalk] Question About Integrating Positive and Negative Cats

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
Mmmm, now I'm thinking about it...i went to a different vet a couple of years ago and my Davos received a 3-year vaccine. I thought he did that because Davos has a chronic one sided sinus infection. Didn't know they are availble for all cats. But I guess it depends on what kind/type/brand of

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Melinda Kerr
My cat tested negative at 6 weeks old. She did not go out until she was 8 months old. Even then she rarely if ever came in contact with another cat. She was only out for very short periods close by the house. She never came home showing signs of a fight. Looking back at her medical history,

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Heather Wienker
Hi Peggy, Here is an example, when I rescued a double positive Mama and her kittens, at first (6 weeks old, and pulled from Mom at that point) 2 tested double positive, the other two positive for Fiv only. A vet and another rescuer told me that with kittens from an felv+ Mom sometimes

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
I understand and I'm very aware of that. I guess I just want this kitten to have a good home but it might not be with us. I lost 3 cats in this past year (only one to Felv) and I am just so ready for something positive to happen in this household. A new kitten is such a joy, but maybe not under

Re: [Felvtalk] Question on taking in kitten or not.

2010-12-08 Thread Peggy Verdonck
Yes, and that there is no rule makes it so hard for me. Basicly if you know that it can go both ways, you can't really add another cat to your household because every negative can turn positive at one point. This disease is just very complicated. We got a good scare over this one cat turning out