November 7, 2008 2:16 PM Subscribe
My kitten has been diagnosed as leukemia positive. What should I expect?
posted by ialwayscryatendings to Pets & Animals (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I adopted a very sweet 6 month old kitten from the humane society 2 months ago, and immediately fell in love with him. My roommate and I are very doting cat parents, and little Edward Appleby is as affectionate as they come. Everything was a picture of domestic bliss until I took him for his 8 month check up/vaccination vet appointment yesterday and was devastated to hear that his feline leukemia test was positive. His previous test had been negative, and they are sending out slides to double check, but my vet did not seem too hopeful that this would turn out to be a mistake.
My vet emphasized that now is not a time to panic, and that she has known FeLV+ cats that have lived long lives in spite of the virus, but I don't know what to expect. Internet results have given me mixed information--some people seem to advocate immediate euthanasia, some say the virus hasn't really affected their cats' lives. For what it's worth, Edward is an indoor kitty, and has not had any contact with other cats. My roommate and I both have cats living at our parents' houses, and the vet advised making sure to wash hands/clothes before visiting between the cats. Edward seems healthy right now, though he was fighting a persistant cold until recently.
I had been picturing him as a part of my life for a long time to come, and am really just trying to get a handle on what this will mean for our lives right now. If any mefites have experience with this and can offer advice or experience, it would mean a lot.