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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-09-2015, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there! Advice needed about fostering untested kittens/FELV

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I'm Shannon! Proud mother of a black cat named George and a Tortoise Shell named Pasta who I am obsessed with!

I wanted to see if anyone had insight to the following.. I'm currently fostering 3 kittens who's mother abandoned them. Kitten Rescue (an organization in LA) will be putting them up for adoption when they're old enough. Right now they are about 6.5 weeks and have been living with me for about 2.5 weeks. Anyway, I have the two cats already and have been super concerned about them catching FeLV from these kittens (if they're infected) since they're too young to be tested yet. I've been keeping the baby cats secluded in they're own room and scrub my hands every time I leave the room where the kittens are and have done my best to not track any litter when I go into the other parts of the house. The cats have had no contact with the kittens but i'm still worried. Every time one of my cats have a runny nose or takes an extra long nap i'm fearful they've contracted something.

Has anyone had a similar experience with housing non-tested fosters or have any additional info about FeLV and how easily it's contracted? I just don't know how paranoid I should be and am trying to ease my mind since i've been taking what I think to be proper precautions. Anything would help!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-09-2015, 05:00 PM
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It sounds to me like you're pretty safe already. The only other thing you could do (which is overkill for anything short of fleas, mites, and ringworm - IMO) would ba having special 'foster' smocks or sweats to wear that you change out of immediately after leaving the foster room.

FeLV is spread via direct contact - deep bites, mutual grooming, mother's milk (assuming the mother is FeLV+) or very rarely through sharing litter, and food/water bowls.

Basically, your cats are safe. It's a good thing to be aware of though, as you should be keeping the kittens separate from your cats until everyone is cleared for all possible communicable diseases.
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Mine are vaccinated against that but we have found kittens who have not been tested and , thankfully, have never had anyone pick up anything from them. As I understand it, and I'm sure people will correct if necessary, that is more easily passed on between friendly cats than FIV is but you seem to be doing everything possible - they aren't exchanging fluids (even via dishes) so all should be well.
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