I have had a lot of success with adult cats who threw off the virus in about 2
months and tested negative from then on. For kittens, they may or may not have
been actually positive. Since their immune system is not fully developed, they
might not throw off the virus as soon as adults. Too bad
Can you explain more about the 2 month period for the adults that you have that
threw off the virus?
Do you know when they were first exposed, in other words could they have had
the FeLV virus for more than 2 months
before they ever were tested?
On Sep 24, 2013, at 11:15 AM,
Hi Shelley - I'm not sure as to when they were exposed. These were cats rescued
from different places at different times. One, a male who I have had not for
about 6 to 7 years, was rescued when he was not neutered, around age 2, street
cat, but tame. Since I was going to get him adopted after
I agree with Lee completely. It angers me that someone can get through
Vet school and still not be knowledgable about this disease. I rescued a
male cat, two years old, and only then learned he was FelV+ after he was
neutered. He has thrown off the virus twice. He is over 6 now. mingels
I can't be so hard on Vets anymore. Getting thru Vet school can't educate where
the whole disease process is so little understood. I have researched FeLV up
down and sideways, and NOTHING is certain. Two years ago I had a house full of
negative cats. All my FL cats (we moved to SC) had been
Thanks for explaining. Not sure if there is hope for Leo to still turn
negative. He tested positive last July, when trapped and neutered, and then
again in Nov. I haven't retested yet, and am thinking of doing the IFA too.
Does the woman who has Taffy have all of her other cats
I lost a cat to FL in the 90's. After that I panicked and faithfully
vaccinated my next five cats every year. Then I rescued another FL cat.
Separated him from the others while he was symptomatic. He threw off the
virus. As fate would have it, other rescues came to my door. I
Shelly all I can d I tell you what I did. When I was rescuing FeLV kittens I
did have all my negatives vaccinated. It has been over 3 years since my last
FeLV cat died. All of my negatives are still with me and are fine
From: Shelley Theye
To answer if the foster mom has her cats vaccinated, NO. However, Taffy has her
own litter box and own feeding bowl and only mingles with the other cats for a
short time during the day, then back to her room with her pooch friend. I'm not
too keen on vaccines. I have heard nasty things about
From: Lee Evans moonsiste...@yahoo.com
To: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Question about FeLV/FIV testing
You are a good, caring and compassionate person. I don't feel that FeLv is as
MY ANNIE STIL TESTS POSITIVE, BUT SHE IS SO HEALTHY IT IS RIDUCULUS. THE
NEGATIVE CATS GET FELV VACCINE. THEY EAT, DRINK AND PLAY TOGETHER, SQUABBLE
SOMETIMES, BUT JUST SLAPPING AND HISSING, NO BITTING.
I lost a cat to FL in the 90's.
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