I've heard several people refer to 3 as the magic age.  Exactly what do you 
mean?  I am unsure of Dixie's age but she has been with me for almost 3 years 
now and is as healthy as she can be most of the time.  Just normal minor 
problems except for the teeth and that seems to be ok now.   

                                                 If you have men who will 
exclude any of God's creatures
                                                 from the shelter of compassion 
and pity, you will have men who 
                                                 will deal likewise with their 
fellow man.
                                                                  St. Francis
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Gloria Lane 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 8:10 PM
  Subject: Re: Interferon Question

  Hi Gary,

  Never heard of that for interferon alpha.  LIke Lance said, maybe it's for VO.

  I can't see the harm for a diabetic cat.  But my experience with FELV cats is 
that they can look so great, then turn symptomatic, and in my experience theres 
not much that can be done when they're symptomatic, at least for the young ones 
that I've had.  So I'd probably try it out.  I remember when I got Calawalla 
Banana and she was about 6 months to a year.  She looked so healthy and hearty. 
 Then at 2.5 yr she developed lymphoma and nothing we did would touch it.  I'd 
wished I'd had her on interferon prior to her being symptomatic.

  (The interferon alpha protocol I use is a daily dose - not the on and off.)

  On the other hand, I now have 2 FELV cats that are over 10, and 1 that's 4-5. 
Go figure.  They were over the magic age of 3 when I got them, so it's nothing 
I've done that's kept them going...

  Good luck,


  On Nov 14, 2007, at 5:26 PM, gary wrote:

    First time I've ever heard of that protocol.  Mostly I've heard 7 days on 
and seven days off because they can develop an immunity to the human interferon 

    Can't see why it would harm a diabetic cat. However, that's just a guess on 
my part.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Belinda Sauro
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
      Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:12 AM
      Subject: Interferon Question

             Got this from a friend, anyone know or heard anything about this??

           I have a feline interferon question.  If you don't know the answer, 
would you mind asking the group? I followed the prophylactic regimen 
recommended in studies for asymptomatic felv+ cats, which is every day for five 
days in three runs starting the 1st, 14th, and 60th days. This regimen in 
studies seems to double cats' chances of being alive a year later. I gave it to 
Patches this past February. I have another batch of feline interferon and am 
wondering when to give it to her again. None of the studies I have say anything 
about repeating it, or when to do so. Do you know? Also, I can't find anything 
on whether it is ok to give to diabetic cats. Any idea?

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