Re: I really need some advice

2008-04-08 Thread catatonya
I mix as well.  Only with vaccinated cats, of course.
  tonya

Pat Kachur [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
  Mixing has worked for me as long as the negative cat is up to date on felv 
vaccine. My vet says the vac is 90+ % effective and, if the other cat or 
cats are healthy, he sees very little reason for worry.


- Original Message - 
From: Gloria Lane 
To: 
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: I really need some advice


 What a difficult situation, my heart goes out to you. When I got my 
 Calawalla, she was 6 months old, a pretty little calico girl kitten, just 
 off the street. I couldnt' believe she would ever die, but she did at 
 about 3 yrs old. I kind of feel like if they make it past 3, they're 
 gonna be ok, but just my experience. I did keep Calawalla isolated from 
 the others, meticulously, for about 6 months. Then I did decide to mix 
 Calawalla with my other non-FELV cats, and it worked out fine for me. 
 They had been vaccinated, but I think a healthy adult immune system does 
 a lot whether they're vacc'd or not. I added another FELV cat to the 
 mix, and they were all great buddies. I really don't think it's as 
 contagious as we hear. I have a friend who also acquired a kitty that 
 tested positive - she uses interferon alpha daily, and mixes with another 
 non-FELV cat, and works for her. She's made it past the 3 year mark, and 
 everyone's doing fine.

 Not saying that you should necessarily do this,something to consider - 
 and others here don't do that, but several of us do and find it works.

 If you choose to find another home for your sweet kitty, I'm sure in that 
 Michigan area where you live, or NJ/PA, that you can find someone to 
 take and love Binxy.

 Best of luck and hope this gives you help in some way.

 Gloria



 On Apr 1, 2008, at 11:07 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I recently adopted a 4 yr old cat from an ad on the local Detroit Metro
 Craigslist. I also have Velvet whom I adopted from the SPCA 16 yrs ago
 who obviously has been tested then and free from both FELV and FIV.

 I had been keeping the new cat, Binxy, totally separate in the bathroom
 until she settled down a little and stopped cowering behind the pipes
 under the cabinet enough for me to take her to the Vet. Of course I knew
 in the back of my mind that she could have either disease since the
 people who gave her to me had obviously done little to care for her-- 
 not
 spayed, nails unclipped, no brushing, ear mites, no vet visits in four
 years, etc. But, I have a soft spot for callies and I figured that an
 older cat had a far lesser chance of being adopted since most people
 want kittens. She is really cute.

 Anyhow, she tested positive for FELV today---the Vet himself did the
 test so there is little chance that it was not done properly. This
 leaves me in quite a dilemma. For Velvet's sake, keeping Binxy just
 isn't a realistic option and she can't stay in the bathroom much longer.
 I am living in a shared housing situation and although my landlord does
 allow animals, he let me know that the house needs the downstairs
 bathroom back. Plus what kind of life is that for a cat who is very
 loving and social? Now that she is over her initial fear and shock over
 being unceremoniously dumped in a strange place, her cuddly, loving
 personality is emerging. Were she a more offish or mean type, the
 thought of having her peacefully put to sleep probably wouldn't be as
 difficult.

 Aside from the ear mites (and most likely worms) she seems to be healthy
 and I'm sure could have a good quality of life in a home as an only cat
 or with another pos. cat---but how to find such a situation? I am at a
 total loss and don't know where to turn. I have already called several
 rescue groups in this area and been faced with the obvious---with the
 highly contagious nature of this disease, they just don't have the
 resources or facilities to deal with this and put all the other neg cats
 at risk.

 If I take her to the Humane Society, I'm pretty certain she would be
 immediately put down if they would even allow her into the building at
 all. I have never been faced with a situation like this as all of the
 cats which I have had throughout my life were from a Shelter, or rescue
 group and tested before they even came through my door.

 Do any of you have any suggestions or know of anybody or any group in
 this area which specializes in placing pos. cats? I really don't want
 to see such a sweet cat be euthanized, but I just don't have a clue what
 to do now and I must do something soon. I found this list as I was
 doing a google search for fel-pos rescue groups. Any other groups I have
 encountered are either way out of my area or only take animals from
 other shelter or from off the street---not from the general public.

 If there are no resources in my current area in Pontiac-Detroit- Metro in
 Michigan, if you know of any near Philadelphia, Pa or nearby New Jersey,
 I am scheduled to go back

Re: I really need some advice

2008-04-02 Thread Pat Kachur
Mixing has worked for me as long as the negative cat is up to date on felv 
vaccine.  My vet says the vac is 90+ % effective and, if the other cat or 
cats are healthy, he sees very little reason for worry.



- Original Message - 
From: Gloria Lane [EMAIL PROTECTED]

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 1:32 AM
Subject: Re: I really need some advice


What a difficult situation, my heart goes out to you.  When I got my 
Calawalla, she was 6 months old, a pretty little calico girl kitten,  just 
off the street.  I couldnt' believe she would ever die, but she  did at 
about 3 yrs old.  I kind of feel like if they make it past 3,  they're 
gonna be ok, but just my experience.  I did keep Calawalla  isolated from 
the others, meticulously, for about 6 months.  Then I  did decide to mix 
Calawalla with my other non-FELV cats, and it worked  out fine for me. 
They had been vaccinated, but I think a healthy  adult immune system does 
a lot whether they're vacc'd or not.  I added  another FELV cat to the 
mix, and they were all great buddies.  I  really don't think it's as 
contagious as we hear.  I have a friend who  also acquired a kitty that 
tested positive - she uses interferon alpha  daily, and mixes with another 
non-FELV cat, and works for her.  She's  made it past the 3 year mark, and 
everyone's doing fine.


Not saying that you should necessarily do this,something to consider  - 
and others here don't do that, but several of us do and find it  works.


If you choose to find another home for your sweet kitty, I'm sure in  that 
Michigan area where you live, or NJ/PA, that  you can find  someone to 
take and love Binxy.


Best of luck and hope this gives you help in some way.

Gloria



On Apr 1, 2008, at 11:07 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

I recently adopted a 4 yr old cat from an ad on the local Detroit  Metro
Craigslist. I also have Velvet whom I adopted from the SPCA 16 yrs ago
who obviously has been tested then and free from both FELV and FIV.

I had been keeping the new cat, Binxy, totally separate in the  bathroom
until she settled down a little and stopped cowering behind the pipes
under the cabinet enough for me to take her to the Vet. Of course I  knew
in the back of my mind that she could have either disease since the
people who gave her to me had obviously done little to care for her-- 
not

spayed, nails unclipped, no brushing, ear mites,  no vet visits in  four
years, etc. But, I have a soft spot for callies and I figured that an
older cat had a far lesser chance of being adopted since most people
want kittens. She is really cute.

Anyhow, she tested positive for FELV today---the Vet himself did the
test so there is little chance that it was not done properly. This
leaves me in quite a dilemma. For Velvet's sake, keeping Binxy just
isn't a realistic option and she can't stay in the bathroom much  longer.
I am living in a shared housing situation and although my landlord  does
allow animals, he let me know that the house needs the downstairs
bathroom back. Plus what kind of life is that for a cat who is very
loving and social? Now that she is over her initial fear and shock  over
being unceremoniously dumped in a strange place, her cuddly, loving
personality is emerging.  Were she a more offish or mean type, the
thought of having her peacefully put to sleep probably wouldn't be as
difficult.

Aside from the ear mites (and most likely worms) she seems to be  healthy
and I'm sure could have a good quality of life in a home as an only  cat
or with another pos. cat---but how to find such a situation? I am at a
total loss and don't know where to turn. I have already called several
rescue groups in this area and been faced with the obvious---with the
highly contagious nature of this disease, they just don't have the
resources or facilities to deal with this and put all the other neg  cats
at risk.

If I take her to the Humane Society, I'm pretty certain she would be
immediately put down if they would even allow her into the building at
all. I have never been faced with a situation like this as all of the
cats which I have had throughout my life were from a Shelter, or  rescue
group and tested before they even came through my door.

Do any of you have any suggestions or know of anybody or any group in
this area which specializes in placing pos. cats?  I really don't want
to see such a sweet cat be euthanized, but I just don't have a clue  what
to do now and I must do something soon.   I found this list as I was
doing a google search for fel-pos rescue groups. Any other groups I  have
encountered are either way out of my area or only take animals from
other shelter or from off the street---not from the general public.

If there are no resources in my current area in Pontiac-Detroit- Metro in
Michigan, if you know of any near Philadelphia, Pa or nearby New  Jersey,
I am scheduled to go back there to visit friends soon and could take  her
along.

I am so hoping

RE: I really need some advice

2008-04-02 Thread Rosenfeldt, Diane
If you would rather keep this baby than adopt her out, I say go ahead
and have Velvet vaccinated (unless s/he is sickly) and let Binxy out of
that bathroom.  The only thing might be to introduce them gradually,
like with Binxy in a cage for a few days, to see if they're going to be
aggressive.  Of course, that's actually prudent for any new arrivals.  I
have only had one cat with FeLV, and only for a very short time, but his
first night in our house he got out of the back hall where we were
isolating him and intermingled with the other cats in our household, and
they are all fine after almost 2 years since their exposure to him.  He
hadn't bit anybody, and I don't know if he shared food/water/litterbox
with them, but very obviously he didn't transmit anything by just
interacting with them.

I'm glad you found this list.  It's a wonderful resource.

Diane R.

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Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:07 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: I really need some advice

 I recently adopted a 4 yr old cat from an ad on the local Detroit Metro
 Craigslist. I also have Velvet whom I adopted from the SPCA 16 yrs ago
 who obviously has been tested then and free from both FELV and FIV.

I had been keeping the new cat, Binxy, totally separate in the bathroom
until she settled down a little and stopped cowering behind the pipes
under the cabinet enough for me to take her to the Vet. Of course I knew
in the back of my mind that she could have either disease since the
people who gave her to me had obviously done little to care for her--not
spayed, nails unclipped, no brushing, ear mites,  no vet visits in four
years, etc. But, I have a soft spot for callies and I figured that an
older cat had a far lesser chance of being adopted since most people
want kittens. She is really cute. 

Anyhow, she tested positive for FELV today---the Vet himself did the
test so there is little chance that it was not done properly. This
leaves me in quite a dilemma. For Velvet's sake, keeping Binxy just
isn't a realistic option and she can't stay in the bathroom much longer.
I am living in a shared housing situation and although my landlord does
allow animals, he let me know that the house needs the downstairs
bathroom back. Plus what kind of life is that for a cat who is very
loving and social? Now that she is over her initial fear and shock over
being unceremoniously dumped in a strange place, her cuddly, loving
personality is emerging.  Were she a more offish or mean type, the
thought of having her peacefully put to sleep probably wouldn't be as
difficult.

Aside from the ear mites (and most likely worms) she seems to be healthy
and I'm sure could have a good quality of life in a home as an only cat
or with another pos. cat---but how to find such a situation? I am at a
total loss and don't know where to turn. I have already called several
rescue groups in this area and been faced with the obvious---with the
highly contagious nature of this disease, they just don't have the
resources or facilities to deal with this and put all the other neg cats
at risk.

If I take her to the Humane Society, I'm pretty certain she would be
immediately put down if they would even allow her into the building at
all. I have never been faced with a situation like this as all of the
cats which I have had throughout my life were from a Shelter, or rescue
group and tested before they even came through my door. 

Do any of you have any suggestions or know of anybody or any group in
this area which specializes in placing pos. cats?  I really don't want
to see such a sweet cat be euthanized, but I just don't have a clue what
to do now and I must do something soon.   I found this list as I was
doing a google search for fel-pos rescue groups. Any other groups I have
encountered are either way out of my area or only take animals from
other shelter or from off the street---not from the general public.

If there are no resources in my current area in Pontiac-Detroit-Metro in
Michigan, if you know of any near Philadelphia, Pa or nearby New Jersey,
I am scheduled to go back there to visit friends soon and could take her
along.  

I am so hoping that some of you may know of some resources. Thanks in
advance for any advice you could give me.  I really appreciate it.

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RE: I really need some advice

2008-04-02 Thread Rosenfeldt, Diane
I forgot to mention, even though your vet may have administered the
in-house test correctly, that test sometimes shows false positives (and
negatives).  You should have Binxy retested using the Western Blot,
which is more accurate.

Diane R. 

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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of
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Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 11:07 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: I really need some advice

 I recently adopted a 4 yr old cat from an ad on the local Detroit Metro
 Craigslist. I also have Velvet whom I adopted from the SPCA 16 yrs ago
 who obviously has been tested then and free from both FELV and FIV.

I had been keeping the new cat, Binxy, totally separate in the bathroom
until she settled down a little and stopped cowering behind the pipes
under the cabinet enough for me to take her to the Vet. Of course I knew
in the back of my mind that she could have either disease since the
people who gave her to me had obviously done little to care for her--not
spayed, nails unclipped, no brushing, ear mites,  no vet visits in four
years, etc. But, I have a soft spot for callies and I figured that an
older cat had a far lesser chance of being adopted since most people
want kittens. She is really cute. 

Anyhow, she tested positive for FELV today---the Vet himself did the
test so there is little chance that it was not done properly. This
leaves me in quite a dilemma. For Velvet's sake, keeping Binxy just
isn't a realistic option and she can't stay in the bathroom much longer.
I am living in a shared housing situation and although my landlord does
allow animals, he let me know that the house needs the downstairs
bathroom back. Plus what kind of life is that for a cat who is very
loving and social? Now that she is over her initial fear and shock over
being unceremoniously dumped in a strange place, her cuddly, loving
personality is emerging.  Were she a more offish or mean type, the
thought of having her peacefully put to sleep probably wouldn't be as
difficult.

Aside from the ear mites (and most likely worms) she seems to be healthy
and I'm sure could have a good quality of life in a home as an only cat
or with another pos. cat---but how to find such a situation? I am at a
total loss and don't know where to turn. I have already called several
rescue groups in this area and been faced with the obvious---with the
highly contagious nature of this disease, they just don't have the
resources or facilities to deal with this and put all the other neg cats
at risk.

If I take her to the Humane Society, I'm pretty certain she would be
immediately put down if they would even allow her into the building at
all. I have never been faced with a situation like this as all of the
cats which I have had throughout my life were from a Shelter, or rescue
group and tested before they even came through my door. 

Do any of you have any suggestions or know of anybody or any group in
this area which specializes in placing pos. cats?  I really don't want
to see such a sweet cat be euthanized, but I just don't have a clue what
to do now and I must do something soon.   I found this list as I was
doing a google search for fel-pos rescue groups. Any other groups I have
encountered are either way out of my area or only take animals from
other shelter or from off the street---not from the general public.

If there are no resources in my current area in Pontiac-Detroit-Metro in
Michigan, if you know of any near Philadelphia, Pa or nearby New Jersey,
I am scheduled to go back there to visit friends soon and could take her
along.  

I am so hoping that some of you may know of some resources. Thanks in
advance for any advice you could give me.  I really appreciate it.

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Re: I really need some advice

2008-04-02 Thread Linda Johnson
Hi,
What groups have you been in contact with?  I live in
the Detroit Metro area and, while I don't know of any
groups that take in Felv+ cats, I do have a great vet
who is supportive regarding the treatment of my Felv+
cat  is the medical director of my local shelter.  I
can contact her office to see if they know of any
groups in the area.
Linda




  

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Re: I really need some advice

2008-04-02 Thread Gary
Western Blot is for FIV, IFA is for FeLV.

If the snap test is positive for FeLV and the exposure
was recent, it can 
take 8 to 12 weeks before it will show in the IFA
test.  It could also have 
been a false positive and there is the possibility
that if it was a true 
positive and the exposure was recent the cat may be
able to mount an immune 
response and eliminate the virus.  That would usually
happen with 12 weeks 
after exposure.

If vaccinating other cats that may become exposed keep
in mind that to 
obtain the full immunity the vaccine provides requires
a series of 2 shots 3 
to 4 weeks apart so, the vaccine is not fully
effective for about 4 weeks.

Gary

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From: Rosenfeldt, Diane [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 8:34 AM
Subject: RE: I really need some advice


I forgot to mention, even though your vet may have
administered the
 in-house test correctly, that test sometimes shows
false positives (and
 negatives).  You should have Binxy retested using
the Western Blot,
 which is more accurate.

 Diane R.



  

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RE: I really need some advice

2008-04-02 Thread Rosenfeldt, Diane
Oops, sorry, was replying re FIV on another list, have Western Blot on
brain. 

Diane R.

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From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Gary
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 11:24 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: I really need some advice

Western Blot is for FIV, IFA is for FeLV.

If the snap test is positive for FeLV and the exposure
was recent, it can 
take 8 to 12 weeks before it will show in the IFA
test.  It could also have 
been a false positive and there is the possibility
that if it was a true 
positive and the exposure was recent the cat may be
able to mount an immune 
response and eliminate the virus.  That would usually
happen with 12 weeks 
after exposure.

If vaccinating other cats that may become exposed keep
in mind that to 
obtain the full immunity the vaccine provides requires
a series of 2 shots 3 
to 4 weeks apart so, the vaccine is not fully
effective for about 4 weeks.

Gary

- Original Message - 
From: Rosenfeldt, Diane [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2008 8:34 AM
Subject: RE: I really need some advice


I forgot to mention, even though your vet may have
administered the
 in-house test correctly, that test sometimes shows
false positives (and
 negatives).  You should have Binxy retested using
the Western Blot,
 which is more accurate.

 Diane R.



 


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Re: I really need some advice

2008-04-01 Thread Gloria Lane
What a difficult situation, my heart goes out to you.  When I got my  
Calawalla, she was 6 months old, a pretty little calico girl kitten,  
just off the street.  I couldnt' believe she would ever die, but she  
did at about 3 yrs old.  I kind of feel like if they make it past 3,  
they're gonna be ok, but just my experience.  I did keep Calawalla  
isolated from the others, meticulously, for about 6 months.  Then I  
did decide to mix Calawalla with my other non-FELV cats, and it worked  
out fine for me.  They had been vaccinated, but I think a healthy  
adult immune system does a lot whether they're vacc'd or not.  I added  
another FELV cat to the mix, and they were all great buddies.  I  
really don't think it's as contagious as we hear.  I have a friend who  
also acquired a kitty that tested positive - she uses interferon alpha  
daily, and mixes with another non-FELV cat, and works for her.  She's  
made it past the 3 year mark, and everyone's doing fine.


Not saying that you should necessarily do this,something to consider  
-  and others here don't do that, but several of us do and find it  
works.


If you choose to find another home for your sweet kitty, I'm sure in  
that Michigan area where you live, or NJ/PA, that  you can find  
someone to take and love Binxy.


Best of luck and hope this gives you help in some way.

Gloria



On Apr 1, 2008, at 11:07 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
I recently adopted a 4 yr old cat from an ad on the local Detroit  
Metro

Craigslist. I also have Velvet whom I adopted from the SPCA 16 yrs ago
who obviously has been tested then and free from both FELV and FIV.

I had been keeping the new cat, Binxy, totally separate in the  
bathroom

until she settled down a little and stopped cowering behind the pipes
under the cabinet enough for me to take her to the Vet. Of course I  
knew

in the back of my mind that she could have either disease since the
people who gave her to me had obviously done little to care for her-- 
not
spayed, nails unclipped, no brushing, ear mites,  no vet visits in  
four

years, etc. But, I have a soft spot for callies and I figured that an
older cat had a far lesser chance of being adopted since most people
want kittens. She is really cute.

Anyhow, she tested positive for FELV today---the Vet himself did the
test so there is little chance that it was not done properly. This
leaves me in quite a dilemma. For Velvet's sake, keeping Binxy just
isn't a realistic option and she can't stay in the bathroom much  
longer.
I am living in a shared housing situation and although my landlord  
does

allow animals, he let me know that the house needs the downstairs
bathroom back. Plus what kind of life is that for a cat who is very
loving and social? Now that she is over her initial fear and shock  
over

being unceremoniously dumped in a strange place, her cuddly, loving
personality is emerging.  Were she a more offish or mean type, the
thought of having her peacefully put to sleep probably wouldn't be as
difficult.

Aside from the ear mites (and most likely worms) she seems to be  
healthy
and I'm sure could have a good quality of life in a home as an only  
cat

or with another pos. cat---but how to find such a situation? I am at a
total loss and don't know where to turn. I have already called several
rescue groups in this area and been faced with the obvious---with the
highly contagious nature of this disease, they just don't have the
resources or facilities to deal with this and put all the other neg  
cats

at risk.

If I take her to the Humane Society, I'm pretty certain she would be
immediately put down if they would even allow her into the building at
all. I have never been faced with a situation like this as all of the
cats which I have had throughout my life were from a Shelter, or  
rescue

group and tested before they even came through my door.

Do any of you have any suggestions or know of anybody or any group in
this area which specializes in placing pos. cats?  I really don't want
to see such a sweet cat be euthanized, but I just don't have a clue  
what

to do now and I must do something soon.   I found this list as I was
doing a google search for fel-pos rescue groups. Any other groups I  
have

encountered are either way out of my area or only take animals from
other shelter or from off the street---not from the general public.

If there are no resources in my current area in Pontiac-Detroit- 
Metro in
Michigan, if you know of any near Philadelphia, Pa or nearby New  
Jersey,
I am scheduled to go back there to visit friends soon and could take  
her

along.

I am so hoping that some of you may know of some resources. Thanks in
advance for any advice you could give me.  I really appreciate it.

Buttons
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