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 Post subject: Las Vegas Family Adopts Feline Leukemia-Positive Cats
PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2005 8:06 am 
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It may have looked like one of our cat buildings, Kitty Motel, was having its very own earthquake but it was just the staff jumping for joy when three, count ‘em, three! kitties with feline leukemia all went home with the same fabulous family. That’s a record.

Bonnie and Jon Paul of Las Vegas had been thinking about adopting a couple of cats. When Bonnie saw Charcoal’s sweet face in the Best Friends magazine she thought that he looked like the cat for them. Then she read his story and found out he was feline leukemia positive. Many people get scared off by that description but Bonnie was already in love and let her heart do the thinking. Of course she was bringing Charcoal home, so what if he is special needs?

Since she and Jon knew that a cat by itself is a lonely cat, they decided to adopt a second feline leukemia positive cat, George.

“And then Lezlie Sage (cat adoption coordinator) started talking to us about Ethel….” And so Ethel was kitty number 3.

People should not be afraid to adopt a feline-leukemia positive cat, said Best Friends veterinarian Dr. Mike Dix. Like life itself, there are no guarantees when adopting one of these kitties. They may live with you for only a few months or for several years.

“They usually do not live as long as a healthy cat, with some exceptions, but they can live happy lives for several years. They do have weaker immune systems, so when they get sick, you have to stay right on top of it: a case of the sniffles can turn into pneumonia if left untreated. They should be indoor only cats,” Dr. Mike said.

The ideal is a household like Bonnie and Jon’s where there are no other cats but, Dr. Mike said in his opinion, this is not an ironclad rule:

“There is controversy over whether you can mix feline leukemia-positive cats in with other cats. But as long as the other adult cats are healthy, fully immunized and there are no serious fights, they don’t run a big risk of catching the disease. Kittens should be kept separate from the feline leukemia positive cats until they are fully vaccinated.

“The biggest reason you should consider adopting a feline leukemia cat is you are giving an animal a chance at a loving home who would not otherwise have one,” Dr. Mike said.

Bonnie reports Ethel, Charcoal and George (now named Smokey), are having a blast at home in Las Vegas. “They watch TV, sprawl out on the bed, enjoy the view out of their window. They are doing fabulously.”

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