Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread Melinda Kerr
My kitten was diagnosed at around 8 weeks.  He had a few minor health issues at 
the time and I had him treated several times with antibiotics.  Since then he 
has had no obvious health issues.  He is now a year old.  I have never used any 
kind of supplements.  My treatment has been lots of love, trying to give 
somewhat healthy food (my options are limited) and making certain he remains 
healthy. 

 I have another FeLV cat that was diagnosed with lymphoma at 13 months, which 
led to discovering the FeLV.  I can't be certain, but the kitten may have 
become exposed due to my carelessness in allowing him to interact with my other 
cat too soon.  That being said, all of the signs were there and it is quite 
possible he was born with it.  I did not bother with follow-up testing because 
it would not have affected my treatment of the kitty.  

There are many treatments designed to prolong their lives.  However, my babies 
are too clever to trick by putting things in their food, water or treats.  You 
would think I was committing murder when pilling and I think injections would 
put them both over the edge!

Bottom line, I have two seemingly healthy FeLV cats, one who receives monthly 
treatments for cancer.  Both are quite playful, appear perfectly healthy and 
are completely loving life.  

There is a vast amount of experience with this group.  Many will give you 
varying opinions.  Most mix older vaccinated cats with FeLV kitties.  My 
experience and dread that I might have made VooDoo sick by exposing him too 
soon is probably an exception to the rule!

However, just know that your baby can live a long life!  Even as a college 
student on a limited budget, you can care for him and love him to keep him 
healthy!

Melinda, Fuji and VooDoo
On Sep 14, 2011, at 3:26 PM, Anna Yeutter wrote:

 My previous foster baby (and now adopted baby, after a couple weeks absence) 
 who was found when he was two weeks old in a Costco parking lot and who I 
 bottle fed and fostered from when he was three weeks old, went in for his 
 first vet visit today. The first thing the vet did was do the FeLV/FIV snap 
 combo test after drawing some blood (oh boy Jean-Luc screamed and even 
 growled).
 He walked back in later and showed me the kit with the blue dot at the top 
 and the slight positive result for FeLV. I made another appointment to bring 
 him in in three weeks to check again, but walked away feeling very negative 
 (the vet made me feel like he was doomed). As of this moment, Jean-Luc has 
 been doing well, gaining weight, playing actively and eating normally.
 I was going to have my parents bring my 11 year old cat up to live with me as 
 well on Saturday (I'm a college student and just recently moved off campus 
 into a pet-friendly apartment), but of course that has been put on hold. This 
 means Jean-Luc is a very spoiled only-kitten, getting lots of love.
 I've tried to do some reading but it is so overwhelming and I'm exhausted 
 from reading all the conflicting opinions. I would love to hear from some 
 other people. 
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread dot winkler
You are in a situation almost like me.  I have a one year old positive cat who 
came down with the virus in June.  I have had her separated from my other two 
cats since and it has been a crazy situation as I have a small house.  I have 
been trying to adopt her out with no luck yet.  A lot of people on this site 
say they integrate their healthy cats with the feline leuk positive ones and 
have had no real problems.  I am hesitant about it as my other healthy cat is a 
biter/nipper/claws when he plays.  There are a lot of conflicting opinions.  I 
have read they only can contract the virus through a bite where blood is drawn 
and then on the other hand, I have read that they can contract the virus 
through saliva, urine and feces as well.  What will you do with your 11 year 
old cat?  What will you do with the kitten?  



From: Anna Yeutter blackbelt.trek...@gmail.com
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Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:26 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive


My previous foster baby (and now adopted baby, after a couple weeks absence) 
who was found when he was two weeks old in a Costco parking lot and who I 
bottle fed and fostered from when he was three weeks old, went in for his first 
vet visit today. The first thing the vet did was do the FeLV/FIV snap combo 
test after drawing some blood (oh boy Jean-Luc screamed and even growled).
He walked back in later and showed me the kit with the blue dot at the top and 
the slight positive result for FeLV. I made another appointment to bring him in 
in three weeks to check again, but walked away feeling very negative (the vet 
made me feel like he was doomed). As of this moment, Jean-Luc has been doing 
well, gaining weight, playing actively and eating normally.
I was going to have my parents bring my 11 year old cat up to live with me as 
well on Saturday (I'm a college student and just recently moved off campus into 
a pet-friendly apartment), but of course that has been put on hold. This means 
Jean-Luc is a very spoiled only-kitten, getting lots of love.
I've tried to do some reading but it is so overwhelming and I'm exhausted from 
reading all the conflicting opinions. I would love to hear from some other 
people.  
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread Natalie
I am so sorry to hear that.

Unfortunately, my expertise is with FIV, and the two cats that we had who
tested positive of FeLV on the combo tests, after being retested with the
IFA, were both negative! 

How old is Jean-Luc now?  Maybe it's too early to test, I now that with FIV,
it is.

 

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Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 2:26 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

 

My previous foster baby (and now adopted baby, after a couple weeks absence)
who was found when he was two weeks old in a Costco parking lot and who I
bottle fed and fostered from when he was three weeks old, went in for his
first vet visit today. The first thing the vet did was do the FeLV/FIV snap
combo test after drawing some blood (oh boy Jean-Luc screamed and even
growled).

He walked back in later and showed me the kit with the blue dot at the top
and the slight positive result for FeLV. I made another appointment to bring
him in in three weeks to check again, but walked away feeling very negative
(the vet made me feel like he was doomed). As of this moment, Jean-Luc has
been doing well, gaining weight, playing actively and eating normally.

I was going to have my parents bring my 11 year old cat up to live with me
as well on Saturday (I'm a college student and just recently moved off
campus into a pet-friendly apartment), but of course that has been put on
hold. This means Jean-Luc is a very spoiled only-kitten, getting lots of
love.

I've tried to do some reading but it is so overwhelming and I'm exhausted
from reading all the conflicting opinions. I would love to hear from some
other people. 

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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread Lynda Wilson
Hi Anna!

Glad to have you aboard.  I would make sure your older cat is vaccinated 
against FeLV before having them together.  Even though the vaccine is 80% 
effective, it's better than no protection at all.  The vaccine has to be given 
in two doses, 3 weeks apart (so don't expose your older cat to the kitten until 
after the 2nd shot).  I know FeLV mostly effects kittens and senior cats.  With 
that said, there is still a chance the kitten can fight off the virus.  I would 
wait till he's at least 3 mos old and test him again. If he's positive on the 
ELISA test, then do an IFA as well. The IFA will indicate whether it is in the 
bone marrow. The IFA test has to be sent out to a lab.  Once the IFA is 
positive, then generally the cat is positive for life.  Please keep in mind 
that the ELISA test can have false positives so you still have hope. Either way 
though, please get your older kitty the vaccination. 

I hope this helps.  I hate this disease and all the if's and but's that go with 
it!

Lynda
**NOTE**  Never get a cat/kitten vaccinated against FIP, or it will be positive 
for FIP for life whether it has it or not!


- Original Message - 
  From: Anna Yeutter 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:26 AM
  Subject: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive


  My previous foster baby (and now adopted baby, after a couple weeks absence) 
who was found when he was two weeks old in a Costco parking lot and who I 
bottle fed and fostered from when he was three weeks old, went in for his first 
vet visit today. The first thing the vet did was do the FeLV/FIV snap combo 
test after drawing some blood (oh boy Jean-Luc screamed and even growled).

  He walked back in later and showed me the kit with the blue dot at the top 
and the slight positive result for FeLV. I made another appointment to bring 
him in in three weeks to check again, but walked away feeling very negative 
(the vet made me feel like he was doomed). As of this moment, Jean-Luc has been 
doing well, gaining weight, playing actively and eating normally.

  I was going to have my parents bring my 11 year old cat up to live with me as 
well on Saturday (I'm a college student and just recently moved off campus into 
a pet-friendly apartment), but of course that has been put on hold. This means 
Jean-Luc is a very spoiled only-kitten, getting lots of love.

  I've tried to do some reading but it is so overwhelming and I'm exhausted 
from reading all the conflicting opinions. I would love to hear from some other 
people. 



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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread ccarlsberg
Hi Anna! I am so sorry about your situation. I have an 11 week old FELV+ kitten 
and we need to relocate it bc I have 2 cats at home. Its heart breaking. He 
seems so healthy and happy and is growing too. Its so hard, but they can live 
decent lives for a few good years
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread dot winkler
Yes, I need to find a home for my cat also who is one year old and has the FELV 
and I can't keep her with the other 2.  I can't seem to find a home for her.  
She is a viable cat, cute and spunky and pretty, doing wonderfully right now,  
other than that she has the FELV.  People don't understand that.  They are 
afraid as soon as they hear that word.  If you know of anyone who can help me 
as well, please let me know.  I have been in touch with various organizations, 
Rescue Ridge, Jersey Cats.  Still nothing.  Dotty Freehold, NJ



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Hi Anna! I am so sorry about your situation. I have an 11 week old FELV+ kitten 
and we need to relocate it bc I have 2 cats at home. Its heart breaking. He 
seems so healthy and happy and is growing too. Its so hard, but they can live 
decent lives for a few good years
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread April Johnson
Dot have you tried Best Little Cat house, 
http://www.thebestlittlecathouseinpa.com/
 
They take in FELV and FIV + cats and the cats live out their lives there.  

From: dot winkler venus7ora...@yahoo.com
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Yes, I need to find a home for my cat also who is one year old and has the FELV 
and I can't keep her with the other 2.  I can't seem to find a home for her.  
She is a viable cat, cute and spunky and pretty, doing wonderfully right now,  
other than that she has the FELV.  People don't understand that.  They are 
afraid as soon as they hear that word.  If you know of anyone who can help me 
as well, please let me know.  I have been in touch with various organizations, 
Rescue Ridge, Jersey Cats.  Still nothing.  Dotty Freehold, NJ

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Hi Anna! I am so sorry about your situation. I have an 11 week old FELV+ kitten 
and we need to relocate it bc I have 2 cats at home. Its heart breaking. He 
seems so healthy and happy and is growing too. Its so hard, but they can live 
decent lives for a few good years
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread Natalie
Did you mean FIV?  

Although the FIP, does as well - because it's a corona virus,  much the same
as a common cold.

 

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lynda Wilson
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9:43 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

 

Hi Anna!

 

Glad to have you aboard.  I would make sure your older cat is vaccinated
against FeLV before having them together.  Even though the vaccine is 80%
effective, it's better than no protection at all.  The vaccine has to be
given in two doses, 3 weeks apart (so don't expose your older cat to the
kitten until after the 2nd shot).  I know FeLV mostly effects kittens and
senior cats.  With that said, there is still a chance the kitten can fight
off the virus.  I would wait till he's at least 3 mos old and test him
again. If he's positive on the ELISA test, then do an IFA as well. The IFA
will indicate whether it is in the bone marrow. The IFA test has to be sent
out to a lab.  Once the IFA is positive, then generally the cat is positive
for life.  Please keep in mind that the ELISA test can have false positives
so you still have hope. Either way though, please get your older kitty the
vaccination. 

 

I hope this helps.  I hate this disease and all the if's and but's that go
with it!

 

Lynda

**NOTE**  Never get a cat/kitten vaccinated against FIP, or it will be
positive for FIP for life whether it has it or not!

 

 

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From: Anna Yeutter mailto:blackbelt.trek...@gmail.com  

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 

Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 1:26 AM

Subject: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

 

My previous foster baby (and now adopted baby, after a couple weeks absence)
who was found when he was two weeks old in a Costco parking lot and who I
bottle fed and fostered from when he was three weeks old, went in for his
first vet visit today. The first thing the vet did was do the FeLV/FIV snap
combo test after drawing some blood (oh boy Jean-Luc screamed and even
growled).

He walked back in later and showed me the kit with the blue dot at the top
and the slight positive result for FeLV. I made another appointment to bring
him in in three weeks to check again, but walked away feeling very negative
(the vet made me feel like he was doomed). As of this moment, Jean-Luc has
been doing well, gaining weight, playing actively and eating normally.

I was going to have my parents bring my 11 year old cat up to live with me
as well on Saturday (I'm a college student and just recently moved off
campus into a pet-friendly apartment), but of course that has been put on
hold. This means Jean-Luc is a very spoiled only-kitten, getting lots of
love.

I've tried to do some reading but it is so overwhelming and I'm exhausted
from reading all the conflicting opinions. I would love to hear from some
other people. 

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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread ccarlsberg
Pa is so far! I am in Los Angeles :(
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread Natalie
Sorry, Anna - I asked how old the kitten was, and I see that it's on the
subject line.My vet believes that at that young age, test results are not
definitive, and often come out positive, false or not.it's a toss-up! 

 

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Dot have you tried Best Little Cat house,
http://www.thebestlittlecathouseinpa.com/

 

They take in FELV and FIV + cats and the cats live out their lives there.  

From: dot winkler venus7ora...@yahoo.com
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

Yes, I need to find a home for my cat also who is one year old and has the
FELV and I can't keep her with the other 2.  I can't seem to find a home for
her.  She is a viable cat, cute and spunky and pretty, doing wonderfully
right now,  other than that she has the FELV.  People don't understand that.
They are afraid as soon as they hear that word.  If you know of anyone who
can help me as well, please let me know.  I have been in touch with various
organizations, Rescue Ridge, Jersey Cats.  Still nothing.  Dotty Freehold,
NJ

 

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To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

Hi Anna! I am so sorry about your situation. I have an 11 week old FELV+
kitten and we need to relocate it bc I have 2 cats at home. Its heart
breaking. He seems so healthy and happy and is growing too. Its so hard, but
they can live decent lives for a few good years
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Re: [Felvtalk] 10 week old baby with slight positive

2011-09-14 Thread Marcia Baronda
You arent kidding when you say there is conflicting info. That is exactly
why I got on this list. Everyone on here really cares about cats and the
diseases that affect them. You came to the right place. There is a  vet
online, Mike Richards DVM, who has some pretty good info on FeLV. Try to
give the best food you possibly can. Nutrition is extremely important.
Take care
Marcia

On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 1:26 AM, Anna Yeutter
blackbelt.trek...@gmail.comwrote:

 My previous foster baby (and now adopted baby, after a couple weeks
 absence) who was found when he was two weeks old in a Costco parking lot and
 who I bottle fed and fostered from when he was three weeks old, went in for
 his first vet visit today. The first thing the vet did was do the FeLV/FIV
 snap combo test after drawing some blood (oh boy Jean-Luc screamed and even
 growled).

 He walked back in later and showed me the kit with the blue dot at the top
 and the slight positive result for FeLV. I made another appointment to bring
 him in in three weeks to check again, but walked away feeling very negative
 (the vet made me feel like he was doomed). As of this moment, Jean-Luc has
 been doing well, gaining weight, playing actively and eating normally.

 I was going to have my parents bring my 11 year old cat up to live with me
 as well on Saturday (I'm a college student and just recently moved off
 campus into a pet-friendly apartment), but of course that has been put on
 hold. This means Jean-Luc is a very spoiled only-kitten, getting lots of
 love.

 I've tried to do some reading but it is so overwhelming and I'm exhausted
 from reading all the conflicting opinions. I would love to hear from some
 other people.

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