Originally Posted by katiecnm
I had decided that I could not give them to people that had other cats. I will tell anyone that takes them that the mother is positive if she turns out to be. The babies are 11 days old, and she hasn't brought them out from under my sons bed yet. Only one of them (she only had two) has their eyes open. Do you think I should bottle feed them, or is it too late?
I found this link on Felv:http://www.animalhealthchannel.com/FeLV/
I know the pet store next to me sends all the kittens to be tested for Felv before admitting them into the store, so, I imagine you could test young kittens as well as their mother.
"What about a pregnant or nursing queen who is FeLV positive?
In both of these cases, the kittens are at high risk of contracting FeLV. If a pregnant queen is healthy, she should be spayed; this is kinder than waiting until the kittens are born and then taking them away. If she has already had the kittens, they can be tested for FeLV as soon as itâ€™s possible to obtain a blood sample."
"At what age should a cat be tested?
Cats and kittens can be tested from birth onwards. Cats should have two tests 12 weeks apart. If cats have only been recently infected, they may not yet have virus in their blood. The interval from getting infected to producing virus in the blood can be as little as two weeks or as long as eight weeks. For this reason, when cats are tested for the first time, it is recommended that they be tested twice, 12 weeks apart. A very small percentage of cats which are FeLV positive are in the process of developing immunity after which they will become negative; this is another reason for testing healthy cats twice. Cats which test positive twice at a 12 weeks interval will be permanently infected. In nature, many cats which are exposed to FeLV recover from the infection. Recovered cats have no FeLV p27 in their blood but may have antibodies to the virus. There is a test for these (virus neutralising) antibodies and it is important not to confuse this test with either the p27 or the virus isolation test."http://www.gla.ac.uk/companion/ofelv.htm#What