Ah, my Chuck used to sleep on my chest.  Lennie, our present geriatric cat has 
become much more affectionate toward me since Boo has come.  Len is a guys cat, 
has always been my husband's boy and when our son was at home, his boy.  Now he 
actually wants to sleep on my lap.  He still weighs 12 lbs but was a much 
heftier guy a couple years ago.  BooBoo is supposedly the runt of his litter 
but weighs 9 lbs 4 oz so he's a good size.  I'm going to try to sort out all 
the suggestions regarding feeding and give them the same diet.  I think I will 
get some liver and beef and see if BooBoo will eat that as well as his regular 
food and tuna.  I think he should have more iron in his diet.

Lynne
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Pat Kachur 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 6:26 PM
  Subject: Re: BooBoo is home!!


  Mandy is also a "little pig" cat....she is absolutely tiny (about 5 lbs.) but 
she eats constantly--and will eat just about anything.  She, like your Chuck, 
prefers chicken--so I buy the Wellness chicken canned food.  She is deaf but I 
swear somehow she "knows" when the refrigerator door opens--'cause she's right 
there.  I believe she would jump inside if I didn't watch closely.  And if 
there is ANY kind of chicken nearby she does her "wild animal" act and 
grabs/growls.  She is really a fun kitty.  I got her from a shelter for my 
birthday last July--and I fell in love immediately.  She sleeps on top of me 
each night (taking several breaks to visit the food dish).  Love to you and 
BooBoo.

  Pat
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lynne 
    To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
    Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 5:51 PM
    Subject: Re: BooBoo is home!!


    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.

    Lynne
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Pat Kachur 
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
      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.  

      Pat
        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Lynne 
        To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
        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.  

        Lynne

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