Okay.  I know that no one can diagnosis- but just to have people 
compare/contrast/confirm, that might be helpful.  His Holistic vet seems to 
think it's scarring- permanent damage from untreated uri's- which I have never 
seen in a cat before.  So if more experienced people that have seen that and 
can say one way or the other, it "MIGHT* make me feel better (not about him 
having permanent eye damage :( , but more so that, yeah, it doesn't look like 

Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:35:29 -0600From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: [EMAIL 
PROTECTED]: Re: OT: sick 6 mo kitten follow-upCaroline,I am not a vet but if it 
will make you feel any better I'll look at it.
On Jan 10, 2008 12:30 PM, Caroline Kaufmann < [EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

The saga continues with my sick cat Brumley.  I don't know what to do any more. 
 The conventional vet that saw him on Dec. 24 got the results back from the 
Toxoplasmosis test and is was neg. (I can't remember if I reported this info 
this site or not).  So when the Toxo test came back neg, the vet totally 
reversed gears from the day before (when he said he didn't think it was FIP b/c 
Brumley only test pos. for high globulin and high protein, but not a corona 
virus, antibody, etc.).  So he completely went back on that and said, 
basically, he thinks it's FIP b/c he has nothing else to go on and b/c Brumley 
is showing 2 of the 3 indicators of it (but still no "wet" indicators like the 
swollen belly).  I think it's the eye that is really throwing him off and I 
can't for the love of god, get any vet to explain/diagnose/tell me what to with 
that eye.  I have asked if I should be putting anything in it and both the 
conventional vet and my holistic vet just say "no."  So, I had a phone consult 
about Brumley with my holistic vet and she reviewed the blood work and said she 
doesn't think it's FIP- that a severely dehydrated cat will have high globulin 
and high protein in the blood panel.  And the fact that is his neg. for corona- 
she just doesn't think it's FIP.  She has of course treated FIP cats/kittens 
and had some herself and she told me she has NEVER seen the "dry" form of FIP 
in a kitten (Brum's 7 mths)-- only in older, adult cats does the dry form come 
out.  She said she always sees it in kittens in the clear wet form with the 
swollen belly and other signs of fluid retention and then they die quickly.  
And Brum's been lingering on like this for a while now   So, I just went about 
feeding him and making him comfy- moving him into the room with the other other 
guys (he'd already been exposed to them before I had him); stopped the subcu 
fluids b/c I didn't think he needs them.  I guess it's been two weeks since 
then and he just kind of hangs out-- eats- he always eats good- no matter what. 
 But about last week he seemed to lose some personality and he laid around a 
lot and stopped batting around toys.  By this past Sun., my mom and I were 
discussing that he had gone down, down and we were worried.  I don't have a 
thermometer for cats, but I could tell he had a fever and just felt crappy 
(altho he still eats and drinks water when feeling bad!).  I gave him a fluid 
treatment- I thought his pink looked really white and thought it couldn't hurt. 
 The fluid bump hung around forever tho?  I got him in to see the holistic vet 
on Monday evening and my mom took him.  The Dr. kind of laughed off my mom's 
concerns that Brumley was going to die and that his eye looked horrible.  She 
told my mom she thinks he has something else going on besides the eye-- like 
some kind of infection somewhere else in the body, but she doesn't know where.  
So she wanted me to stop his Clavamox and try some other immune boosting 
things.  Again, my mom asked about the eye and should we be putting anything in 
it to treat it, and the Dr. was just like no.   So of course, Brum was better 
just the next day (Tues.) and I could tell the fever broke.  He was batting 
around a toy the very next morning.  Still eating great. But then by Wed. 
night, he was just sleeping the whole time in a cubby hole, seemed to have a 
fever again and not playing (still eating tho).  So I thought, well maybe his 
holistic vet is right, he is working on fighting off some infection and when it 
gets too hard for his body to fight it, he succumbs a little bit and the fever 
comes back, etc.  So, this morning, it's the same.  Lots of sleeping and fever 
still around.   Even worse, his eye looks worse.  I swear, it looks like the 
cavity or something is filled with blood b.c the eye appears to be a diff't 
color than the other and you can see that it looks like blood behind the eye.  
So now, it looks "bloodier" and as if the blood has settled down to the bottom 
of the eye more- like it pooled there.  And now, there are even more 
cloudy/greyish white spots on the surface of the eyeball.  Ugh.  I'm worried.  
But my mom is worse-- she's a worry-wart prone to histrionics and having these 
two sick/down cats (Brum and Possum) with her around, literally sucks my will 
to live.  She just wants to keep running Brumley to vets b/c she thinks he 
needs something put into the eyeball and then she asks me "how long can this go 
on" (meaning how long do we give Brumley a chance to fight this off- which I 
now recall is the same GD thing my stupid sister said to me about Monkee after 
the blood transfusion...sigh).  And it's just killing me- the stress.  She 
totally makes it worse, so keeping her at bay is a draining task too.   Plus, 
it's like, this isn't even my cat!  He technically belongs to the no-kill group 
I vol for, yet I am the only one dealing with the stress of his care and 
illness!!!!  It's only the other run-of-the-mill vols that call me and ask 
about him.  But his original foster, and the lady who is I guess "in charge" 
and the bane of my existence and she's also on the board (sigh)- she doesn't 
even ask about him anymore!  She had a teleph. convo with my holistic vet 
before I first talked to the vet about Brum where she actually told the vet, 
"well you know, we're going to lose some of them" and now my vet won't deal 
with her due to that comment (and rightfully so), b/c it's like, you pulled 
these kittens out of Metro AC in June and they have struggled ever since and 
Brumley's in the condition he's in, in part because of lack of care and 
attention by this group and so now, we're just going to "play the numbers" and 
let him linger on until death instead of getting the necessary vet care for a 
cat that we agreed to take on the minute he was pulled from Metro?!?  I could 
scream.     I'm so frustrated.   I think I can take a picture of Brumley's eye 
tonight with my webcam and email it, so if anyone is willing to take a look at 
it, let me know so I can email it directly b/c this site won't take it if I try 
to send to all.  I would really just like to hear someone say "yeah, I've seen 
that before!" when it comes to his eye- instead of these two vets who act like 
they have never seen it before and don't address the eye care directly...  

Date: Sun, 6 Jan 2008 08:39:55 -0800From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]: Re: OT: sick 6 mo 
kitten follow-upTo: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 

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 PROTECTED]: Thursday, December 27, 2007 8:39:08 PMSubject: OT: sick 6 mo 
kitten follow-upOkay, 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 
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