Update for the day: I spoke with my vet today at Creekside, and surprisingly enough he was very receptive and wrote the referrals for UT. They have an appointment on Tuesday, September 11 for, as Dr. Dolen wrote, "FeLV workup and medical supportive therapy." It gives me some hope. We'll see. Ideally, I'll be able to consult with UT at least twice a year, and use the very close vet for emergent situations and maintenance. The girls continue to eat the fancy feast with the Lysine and Missing Link supplements in it. They actually didn't seem to mind it at all. They're working on the conversion to the Innova EVO dry food. Right now it's about 80% Purina naturals and 20% EVO. They're eating it, but a bit slower than they were the Purina Naturals alone, but this is normal from what I read?
I'm also looking into buying a thermometer, as a temperature is one of the early warning signs of infection. I've done my research, and found the WNL temperature for a cat is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and the heart rate is 140-220. (This site has great information on it: _http://www.cathelp-online.com/emergency/vitals.php_ (http://www.cathelp-online.com/emergency/vitals.php) ). I really am hoping I can give them many more years with very careful care and attention. Do you guys have any thoughts on thermometers? I've found this one (_http://www.pet-temp.com/pet_temp.htm_ (http://www.pet-temp.com/pet_temp.htm) ) , any of you own one or have a better recommendation for an ear canal thermometer? I am really 95% positive they absolutely would not tolerate a rectal thermometer. Also, I just wanted to mention that I recently looked over the FeLV Fund store, and just loved the "Feline Leukemia is NOT a death sentence" and "There is LIFE with Feline Leukemia" messages. It provides hope. You all know I've had a rough time with this, and that's a message I needed. I'm going to order the license plate frame! Thanks for everything guys, and I'll email again when I have an update. Michael ************************************** Get a sneak peek of the all-new AOL at http://discover.aol.com/memed/aolcom30tour