That is great news, that everything is negative.
Is he drinking normally?  Is he dehydrated?  If he is not dehydrated....I
would not see any need for fluids (but I'm not a vet, this is not to be
construed as veterinary advice, yadda yadda)


On Dec 27, 2007 8:39 PM, Caroline Kaufmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

> Okay, the results are not all in, but I finally talked to the Vet about
> the blood tests from the sick kitten I took in- which he suspect FIP in.
> The cat was NEGATIVE for Felv (so that's the second time he's tested neg.-
> first at approx. 2 mths old, now at 6 mths).  He NEGATIVE for FIV (which he
> had not yet been tested for ever).  The vet also says that so far, it looks
> like it's not FIP and he talked about how there is no conclusive test, etc.,
> so for now, he has to go by the presence of antibodies- which he says are
> usually higher if the cat has "dry" FIP and then even higher if it's "wet"
> FIP.  He says the antibodies are just not high enough to for it to be FIP-
> either the dry or wet form.  So he remains concerned tho that it's a an
> infectious (i.e., contagious) disease.  *What he is waiting on now is the
> toxoplasmosis test b/c now he is suspecting that.*  He said the results of
> that test will be in tomorrow.  He also said the blood is showing high
> globulin levels and high white blood cells- both of which indicate some kind
> of an infection, but he just doesn't know what kind yet.
> I do have a phone consultation appointment tomorrow at 5:00 with the
> holistic vet (Marylyn-- Dr. Maier) who treated Monkee at the end of his life
> and whom Monkee loved- at a time when he was utterly miserable and fed up
> with vets!  We are consulting on this kitten and then also to discuss
> general care of fosters and things I can do holistically to help them rehab
> faster.  I may end up taking Yoda to her anyway b/c of the diarrhea that I
> can't get traditional vets to address.  Hopefully, I will have the blood
> tests results on my sick kitten emailed to me before then, so I can forward
> them to her for her review and "second" opinion.  I feel better because I am
> finally getting some freaking vets lined up so that I can finally take care
> of these fosters without always feeling like I'm supposed to do so without
> ever having veterinary access unless a cat is pretty much dying in my arms.
> Monkee died in my arms despite all the things we did to save him and there
> is NO WAY I'm going to allow another cat to die in my arms- especially these
> fosters who seem to have totally treatable (possibly preventable) things
> going on with them!  Urg.  So we continue to forge ahead.
> Poor kitty feels so much better and I'm worried about continuing to give
> him fluids.  Dr. Maier said in an email that if he is doing that much better
> and has had 3 treatments of subcu fluids, it's probably not necessary to do
> them today.  But when I talked to the conventional vet that saw the cat on
> Monday, he said to continue them b/c "extra fluids are extra fluids," "it
> can't really hurt him" (I beg to differ- it's very traumatic b/c it's just
> me and him in a contest of wills and strength and it's pretty horrible- he
> gets that huge needle out everytime and I have to re-stick him-- which is
> hell for me and him), and "without really seeing the cat, he can't tell me
> to discontinue fluids."  Well, my mom and I have discussed it and I'm doing
> them tonight.  It's too much on him and me.  He's feeling too "good" now so
> that he really fights the fluid giving.  I always recall that Dr. Maier- in
> all her holistic wisdom- said (when I first took Monkee to her), that "you
> don't want the treatment to be worse than the disease."  I think that solves
> my dilemma for now.
> Caroline
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