Caroline, Bless you for taking care of these babies. You are truly going above and beyond and it sounds like you've found your calling. I hope you got conclusive yet good news for the sick kitten on Friday.
:) Wendy "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!" ~~~ Margaret Meade ~~~ ----- Original Message ---- From: Caroline Kaufmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: email@example.com Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:39:08 PM Subject: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-up 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 The best games are on Xbox 360. Click here for a special offer on an Xbox 360 Console. Get it now! ____________________________________________________________________________________ Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your home page. http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs