Rosita\'s mom with a question here:
Last summer I fostered a mom and litter of kittens for our shelter. Mom was tested for FeLV right away and tested negative. The kittens were tested at three months and all tested negative. ELISA snap tests with blood samples were used each time.
All had a few health problems - URI and some ringworm, but recovered. The two females were the strongest and healthiest of the litter. The male was smaller and sicker.
I kept the male and one female, and the other female was put up for adoption. They are all right around six months old at this point.
The kitten was adopted about a month ago. Last week we got a call from her adopter saying that her kitten had tested positive for FeLV. They had taken her in to get declawed and the pre-surgery bloodwork showed she was anemic. They ran two snap tests and both came up positive.
They almost euthanized her because they have other cats, but at the last minute they opted to run a PCR test. That test came back negative.
They did some more bloodwork to look further into the low RBC problem, and I am not sure what the exact results of the new tests are, but their vet is now telling them she thinks the cat has latent FeLV.
I\'ve done some research, and many of the resources I looked at said PCR testing should find a latent infection, and that it is also used to confirm whether or not a cat is truly infected. So if it\'s negative, the cat should be considered negative.
The adopter wants me to talk to my veterinarian and our shelter\'s veterinarian - and I am doing that - but I am wondering if anyone here as any knowledge, advice or words of wisdom.
Any thoughts on the PCR test? Anyone been through something similar?
If this kitten really is infected, I will take her back and find her a sanctuary or something, because she is awesome. But her adoptive family is emotionally distraught because they love this girl so much, and I am praying that she can stay with them somehow.
Also, as soon as I heard that she had tested positive, I took my two kittens (her littermates) and had them retested with snap tests - both were negative.
Sorry this is long, and thanks in advance for any advice,