Hello Everyone, My name is Michael Roberts.? I just received word a few hours ago about one of my "babies" being diagnosed, so bear with me if this takes me a while to get out.
First of all, a bit of background information.? I currently have three cats, all Siamese and all from rescues.? The oldest, and the one with the FeLV diagnosis, is approximately 6-7 years old, and the other two are?a little over two.? The first one came from a local rescue shelter here in Tennessee called Angel Wings, which has since been shut down. The other two came from VA Siamese Rescue, an organization that my partner and I are still somewhat active in.? We volunteer to transport on occasion and remain in the newsgroups/email lists. I took all three for their checkups today, and the vet asked if we watned them tested for FeLV, to which we agreed.? The test on Grizzabella came back positive. The test on Penelope was negative, and they ran out of tests, so Poppy hasn't been tested yet.? I did request them to retest Grizzabella (even though they charged me again), and the blood was drawn and sent out for Grizzabella's retest and Poppy's test today, and we should have results by tomorrow. Here's my issue....this is my first time dealing with FeLV, and I don't know what to do or what to expect.? All three of those cats are our children, and I can't bear the thought of seperating them or giving Grizzabella up because she's sick, but I don't know how likely it is the other two will contract the disease, or how to seperate them.? I'm not sure what to do about treatment, either.? I've heard there's no treatment, then I've heard there's meds, and diet changes.? I'm just not sure what my next step should be.? I noticed there are six stages to the disease, and four different types...I don't have any of that inforomation yet.? Can anyone give me a heads up and let me know where we should start with this?? Not sure what I need to do, guys.? I know lots of you have a lot of experience with this, and i'd be interested in any advice you can give. Thanks in advance. ________________________________________________________________________ AOL now offers free email to everyone. Find out more about what's free from AOL at AOL.com.