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hey guys as you know i lost my kittens and want know what flv disease
that cat have also i heard that if cat has she spread to other cat
what i want to know is can autumn spread flv disease to her kitten also i heard ther no cure for flv disease and yes that what autumn has also oreo p.s autumn late kittens who died i already post in
crossing bridge forums and fkv kill little six weeks old kittens
post #2 of 6
Ok, I'm hoping that I answer your questions...I'm not sure I understood all of it. FeLV is a virus that is passed fairly easily. It can be spread through grooming, fighting, drinking bowls, etc. Not every cat exposed to it will become infected however. Also, if a mom cat has it, the kittens will be infected and generally don't live past a few months. There is no cure, only supportive treatments to help keep the cat healthy. Kittens with FeLV generally don't live past their first year and adult cats that get it can generally live a few years with a good diet and excellent vet treatments.
post #3 of 6
Vee pretty much covered all the bases. I would suggest you get rid of grooming tools, litter boxes, food bowls, and toys and start over fresh. I also would not introduce any new cats to your home for quite awhile, the virus is very virulent and can live for years. If the kittens are infected, there is little hope they will survive. But the older cats can overcome the disease with proper diet and stringent hygiene actions on your part.

I am sorry for your loss. I would also scrub out your home with bleach and water, the walls, etc. This virus is very stubborn.
post #4 of 6
Below is some information from the Cornell University web site on FeLV concerning reintroduction of cats. More recent studies have indicated that the virus can't survive more than a few days and that a retest can be done in 30 days. I suggest you err on the side of caution and follow the Cornell recommendation. The full web site is:


To protect healthy cats when a cat is diagnosed with FeLV:
In either a cattery or a multicat household, the most effective procedure is to test by IFA and remove all FeLV-positive cats. The remaining FeLV-negative cats should then be vaccinated and retested every three to six months for the next year, and any that become positive during that time should be removed. The household cannot be considered "free" of FeLV until all remaining cats have tested negative in two sequential tests taken at least three months apart. No new cats should be brought into the household until all the cats already there test negative repeatedly. All new cats should test negative initially, be quarantined for at least two months, and retest negative before being allowed to mingle with other resident cats.

How long to wait until a new cat is brought into the home:
Feline leukemia virus is relatively unstable and will not survive outside an infected cat for an appreciable length of time. The Cornell Feline Health Center recommends a waiting period of at least thirty days after removal of an FeLV-positive cat before a new cat is acquired. Other precautions that should be taken are identical to those described above to protect healthy cats. Thoroughly disinfect or replace the food dishes, litter pans, and bedding that were used by the infected cat. Floors that are covered with tile or other hard surfaces should be cleaned and then disinfected with dilute bleach solution (4 oz. household bleach to 1 gal. water). Thorough vacuuming of rugs, plus the thirty-day quarantine, should be sufficient to eliminate the virus from carpeting in the household.

I am so sorry about your kittens!
post #5 of 6
I don't remember where I was reading it , but the FeLV can stay up to 2 years in a rug .
post #6 of 6
I have 10 FeLV negative cats in a household that had a positive FeLV experience 2 months ago. I did a tremendous amount of research, including calling universities and specialists that do studies in this area. 2 years is far longer than any study indicates.

Current studies at the University of Colorado are finding that the FeLV virus is not as virulent as previously suspected. There is a lot of renewed research going on because of it's similarity to HIV in humans. They have gone as far as saying that in a warm, dry environment, the virus can dissipate in 4 hours. Of the 50+ sites that I researched in the last 2 months, the Cornell University site is one of the most conservative on the topic (of the respected research centers).

If given the ability to wait, a full cleaning, new supplies and a 30 day wait period should be sufficient. If there are other negative cats, a MAJOR cleaning and retesting is mandatory.
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