I have some sad news regarding Squashies.
The specialist that did Squashies' bone marrow on Tuesday, called this afternoon. The results of the aspiration were not good. Although the FeLV and FIV tests have been negative 3 times in the last month, FeLV was found in her bone marrow. The doctor said that it is most likely that Squashies fought off the virus when she was a kitten, which she got either before she was born or from her mother's milk. He believes that her age and/or some other influence triggered it to active. He also mentioned that it could be a sub-group that is caused by recombination of DNA cell structure. (It was a very technical conversation.)
We tested her blood again today, she still tests negative for the virus, so It is not outside of the marrow. Everyone agreed that she is not contagious, which is some relief given that she and the boys are quite close.
The dilemma I now face is heart-breaking. The only ill effect the virus is having to-date is the lack of red blood cell development. She does very well for about 3 weeks after blood transfusions. But she has a rare blood type for which there is a finite amount in the US. If we keep taking it, will some other little kitty, with a better prognosis, suffer?
I love my little girl...