To test or not to test
I'm packing caregiver packets for tomorrow's workshop and going through the snail mail. Thanks to everyone who have sent in their renewals so promptly.
One thing that I noticed when people send in their vet reimbursements. On occasion it seems as if people test for quite a few things, some of which may not be strictly necessary. For example, caregivers have limited funds. If for example, the cat has a urinary tract infection, it's a good idea to discuss with your vet if it's necessary to test for FIV. It may not alter the way the cat is treated, so it may be better to just save your money for something else. Some vets may not know this is a community cat and this is a factor that you should bring to their attention. If you bring the cat back to your own home, you may decide that, knowing your own cats are all FIV free, that you want to test the cat for its FIV status as well. However if you have a whole colony of cats that are not tested, and you do not think that knowing the FIV status is necessary in deciding on the treatment you give to the cat after talking to the vet, then save the money.