Lynne it is so great that BooBoo has a great appetite. That will help him enormously.

There is a yahoo group called 'Raw Paws' that is devoted to natural diets for cats. There are very knowledgeable people on the list, as well as vets who think that a diet that is 'species appropriate' is the best diet for cats.
You might check it out at some point.

I understand your despair at discovering BooBoo's FeLV. Just know that it is not a death sentence and that you may discover that the process of caring for him and helping him thrive may be one of your most rewarding experiences. We've all gone through shock and depression, and it seems that FeLV kitties are the most wonderful and loving ones ever. Just know that there is hope and that if you can educate yourself as to the best treatments and
supplements and care, you'll help him fight the battle.

I've gone through the shock and depression of discovering my kittie was Felv. That was 11months ago. As I type this she is flying around the kitchen terrorizing two Scotties. Keep him purring.


On Feb 8, 2008, at 5:51 PM, Lynne wrote:

Pat, BooBoo is a little pig cat. He would eat all day long if we'd feed him. He's eaten a whole can of tuna since he got home from the vet as well as some hard food and is still wanting more. Tuna in spring water seems to be his favorite. He also likes a bit of sardines for snack. I bought him a really good dry and canned food at the vets but he only seems to like the hard stuff. You know, our first cat, Chuck, who lived to 19 was a very finicky eater. Actually his favorite foods were chicken and steak. He also ate some hard crunchies but that cat loved chicken more than anything. We used to buy a bunch of friers and bake them and make up a bunch of meals in bags for him. If we ate beef, he got beef. It couldn't have been too harmful because he lived a long and healthy life.

----- Original Message -----
From: Pat Kachur
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: BooBoo is home!!

I join the chorus of don't be depressed and don't give up. I agree with just about everything the others have said. It can't be stressed too much that BooBoo needs to eat and keep eating. My Mandy gets Wellness brand food from Whole Foods and she is 6+ years old and still no symptoms other than being deaf (which may or may not be related to the leukemia virus). I hope you and BooBoo enjoy yourselves for many years.

----- Original Message -----
From: Lynne
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 4:12 PM
Subject: BooBoo is home!!

BooBoo just came home from his neutering. He had no trouble whatsoever with the anesthesia, has eaten, had a drink and can't stop purring. He's really happy to be home. The vet went over his blood work with us and told us it didn't look good. He's already anemic. I was so hoping for some good news. He's checking into some drugs for the future if needed and we choose to go that route. He said they are very expensive. This whole experience has sucked the life out of me. I look at this precious little guy and he has absolutely no signs of a disease yet I know he does. I am so angry with his previous owners right now. They emailed me last week when I told them the news and they pretty much suggested that we gave him this disease because he was always healthy and happy. This coming from a family who never took him to a vet. He was a mess when we got him, totally matted, fleas and a terrible case of earmites. Now he's beautifully groomed, clean and seemingly overjoyed at being here. This all so totally new to me. We've never had a pet with an illness, let alone something like this. I swear I'm becomming depressed. I'm not gonna let BooBoo know it though.


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