Originally Posted by keith p
This is for anyone who cares for stray cats who are aids/leukemia positive. Ok so I care for stray cats outside. Eventually I want to get them all examined and get them a bloodtest, and hopefully find them homes because they are friendly. Trying to get them all fixed as well.
My question is if they come back positive for aids or leukemia, are they able to live a normal life or do they have to be put down? (meaning while i'm caring for them outside) Do they NEED medication or do they live like normal cats, and is any of these contagious?
I rescued 4 ferals last summer; 3 turned out to be a faint positive. My vet said (when we only had the one positive cat--the other 2 tested negative 1st, then later tested a faint positive) that, after our "real" cats got their FeLV vaccinations (a set of 2, 3 weeks apart), that the cat could live with the rest, out of quarantine. However, this being said, PLEASE ASK YOUR VET'S ADVICE FIRST, PLEASE!!!!! We listened to uninformed advice, and let out the former negatives, thinking that they were truly negative, and let them live with our others, who were not up-to-date on their shots (we did not rush to to this, as prior to this, they would never have had any exposure to any FeLV cats; and they are indoors cats. In fact, one vet told us, this was ok, as long as the positive cats were strictly quarantined--the other cats were not ask risk, even living in the same house. However, keeping them quarantined was a nightmare, and you always run the risk of escapees mingling with your other cats, or eating out their dishes, using the littter boxes, etc., which can spread FeLV).
Are you keeping the "new" cats quarantined from you other pets? Even if there's no FeLV present, other communicable diseases, such as rabies, can be passed not only to cats, but other pets.
If they are living in a single-cat household, or if they all turn out to be positive together, they can live in that situation. Some cats, especially when very young, can kick the virus, to become negative and healthy. Frankly, if they turn out positive, especially a faint +, I'd re-test in no less than 90 days; some vets say 6 months. You never know--they may end up negative. I had a lot of advice to put mine to sleep, even though they are the picture of health right now, and growing (they are under 1 year old). they have very healthy appetites, their fur is glossy and thick, their eyes are bright, and they are full of energy and love. No way am I going to put them to sleep! They can live happy (sometimes very short) lives.
Wishing you all the best of luck! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.