Lynn - You said it so well when you say it is a drain on one.  I keep watching 
Buzz and wondering if what he is doing is OK.  There are so many things that I 
would not have thought twice about if the other cats were doing them, but I am 
worrying about every little thing that Buzz does that seems unusual. 
  Charlie, one of my other cats has asthma.  He stretches his neck out close to 
the floor and makes coughing sounds like he is going to bring up a hair ball 
but nothing ever happens.  He is on prednisone (not sure if that is spelled 
right) and it seems to help him.
BooBoo is a lucky little cat to have finally found a place with people who love 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynne 
  Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 1:36 PM
  Subject: [PHISH]Re: [PHISH]RE: Immuno-Regullin and exercise

  Sue, I so know how you feel.  I just posted about our little guy coughing.  I 
didn't believe the positive test at first and asked for more blood work and 
it's worse than I thought.  Now every little thing I think is unusual I panic 
about, like this coughing.  I just don't know how none of this concerned the 
previous owners.  He's also becoming a ridiculously fussy eater.  I've tried 
many different can foods and some hard foods and he just sticks his nose up.  
Fortunately our 19 year old pig-cat likes it all so it isn't totally wasted.  
It is all just such a drain on one.  

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Sue & Frank Koren 
    Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 1:23 PM
    Subject: Re: [PHISH]RE: Immuno-Regullin and exercise

    Thank you for your advise.  Yes, he love to run around and play like a 
maniac - after all he is only 8 - 10 months old and really still a kitten.  He 
seems to get out of breath and his breathing is a little raspy when he has been 
playing hard, but maybe that is something that is normal for any cat.  Because 
of the FeLV I am just noticing things differently with him.  Right now I have 
to decide what will help him most and what I can afford.  I have already 
switched him to an all canned Wellness diet.  The Immuno-Regulin sounds pretty 
expensive.  I also have two boys in college that I have to think of also.  
    Do you know how many cats actually ever end up eventually testing negative 
with this?  I guess there is a part of me that is still in denial.  He tested 
negative when my brother first rescued him, then he tested positive when he had 
the in-office test at the vet when I got him.  They then gave him the blood 
test which was also positive.  I think April is when I will test him again.  
Meanwhile I will spoil him as much as I possibly can when he has to be stuck in 
one room. It's so nasty and snowy today that there isn't even a good view out 
the window from his chair.
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Caroline Kaufmann 
      Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 9:56 PM
      Subject: [PHISH]RE: Immuno-Regullin and exercise

      I don't know about the IR, but as far as the vaccs- it sounds like he 
handled them fine, so there's no need to stress yourself out about it now.  Now 
you know better tho and can better protect him in the future by being better 
      And you are very to lucky to have found this site so early on.  I only 
got to it when Monkee was in the throws of the illness and most hope was lost.  
And I felt horrible when I realized all the knowledge and information that was 
out there on the internet that I didn't think to take advantage of.  I just 
took Monkee's incredible health for granted and thought if I kept him happy and 
not stressed, his beefy body would beat the odds.  When I realized I could have 
been more proactive with things- like no vaccs, better diet, supplements, even 
meds to ward off the disease, I felt horrible, but I didn't have time or energy 
to cry over spilled milk at the time b/c I was so desperate for immediate help 
with Monkee's sick condition.  It's since his passing that I realized the depth 
of what I allowed myself to miss out on.  Could any of those things have made a 
difference in Monkee's individual case?  I don't know?  I never will.  But if I 
can help someone else get to resources and better information SOONER than I 
did, then my guilt is lessened.  
      You should feel really happy that you are taking full advantage of what 
is out there now- early- while Buzz is healthy.  You have the chance to do all 
you can for him early on.  
      Don't worry about him playing- if he's happy and healthy for now and he 
wants to run around like a maniac and play toys, by all means, let him do it.  
It's important to not treat him like an invalid, especially if he does not feel 
like one/doesn't know he is one b/c he will pick up on that.  For most of 
Monkee's illness my mom kept telling me to stop crying around him and treating 
him like an invalid because at that point (until the last 2 wks), he didn't 
know he was sick- even when he was getting chemo.  She didn't want Monkee to 
pick up on my cues and then in turn, get depressed and get further stressed.  
Asymptomatic Felv cats don't know they are sick, so allowing him to play and 
act like a normal boy is all part of providing him a stress-free environment 
which is really key for Felv+ cats.

        From: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
        Subject: Immuno-Regullin and exercise
        Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 21:32:52 -0500

        When is the best time to start Immuno-Regulin?  When they still have no 
symptoms?  I can still hardly believe Buzz has this horrible disease.  He seems 
so healthy and loves to play and has a great appetite.  How often do the 
success stories like Minstrels come along?  These postings have so much new 
information and the internet sights have so much conflicting information that 
it is hard to know what to think.  I just know the little guy cleaning himself 
in my lap right now deserves all I can do for him.
        Does anyone know if a lot of playing exercise is good for a FeLV + cat? 
He chases his toys so hard that he gets out of breath sometimes.
        Buzz had some vaccinations about a month ago, is he still in danger?
        I have always had cats but this is so new and I feel so ignorant.  I am 
so glad for this site, I have already learned more real information that seems 
like it will actually help Buzz then from all the reading I've done for the 
last several weeks since I learned he was FeLV positive.
        Thank you everybody for all your advise.

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