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RE: kittens

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Posted by: PHKitkat at Fri Jun 1 18:44:14 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHKitkat ]  
   

Hi Pam,

Actually, kittens can be tested for FeLV at any time. Even a one-week-old kitten can be tested, as long as you can get 3 drops of blood for an in-house test. In tiny kittens an insulin syringe works pretty well.

You are right in not putting the younger, untested kitten with the others. I know of no reason why this baby cannot have the test done, and if negative, allowed to join the others. I hate to think of such a young baby by itself for 2 weeks, unless it is absolutely necessary.

If your vet is flat against testing a four-week old baby, I would want to know why and consider going elsewhere just for the test.

At the cat hospital where I work we routinely test very young kittens, at least for FeLV. FIV results may not be accurate in baby kittens because if the mom has antibodies, the kittens may test as false positive.

Regards,
PHKitkat


   

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