Blessings to you for caring for the little ones. Others on the list
can give you better advise than I but I am going to put my two cents
in. I try to give colostrum to any stressed cat that I feed......my
Mom has several ferals/throw-aways/strays who come regularly for
food. I add brewer's yeast and whatever supplements I can to the wet
food they get. Dixie, my FeLV+ cat who is extremely healthy and happy
and has been for the three years she has graced me with her presence,
gets interferon to help with her teeth. None of us (her regular vets
or her holistic vets) know whether the FeLV or miserable diet as a
throw-away caused the problems but the interferon + PetzLife Brush
Away + a very high quality, no grain diet with lots of veggies (finely
chopped or baby food) have that problem under control. Probiotics are
great. The cats are stressed and I use Feliway spray and Cat Nap to
calm cats when I need to. Most of Mom's can't be touched, much less
handled. Occasionally I have to live trap them and Feliway seems to
help as does Rescue Remedy, Cat Nap is new to my tool box but I have
seen it work with Dixie and other cats. Provide them with places to
hide and feel safe. Spraying the bedding and yourself will help. The
other cats in the house may benefit from RR in their water. The
addition of the lovely little ones has to be stressful for them too.
They really know much more than we give them credit for.
Personally, I would check with a holistic vet as a companion, not
replacement, for regular vet care. When my very wonderful regular
vets told me Dixie tested positive and
after we decided what to do with her (long story but she could not be
released as planned because of the FeLV) I took her to see a holistic
vet. Again, as a companion, not a substitute.
On Feb 24, 2008, at 8:05 PM, whocares whocares wrote:
This is my first post so please bear with me. I'm posting this
through email. If there's a more efficient way please let me know. 2
weeks ago I took in 7 filthy, reeking, matted, very, very ill cats
from a horrific shelter in the area. All were emaciated, dehydrated,
infected eyes, URI's, ear mites/infections, severe diahrea, etc.. My
vet didn't think they'd make it through the first night but here
they are getting healthier by the day. Some still need injectable
antibiotic combos daily but they are improving.
One of these had severe gingivitis - very infected teeth that had to
be dealt quickly. She survived the anaesthetic and had all except 4
teeth removed (her canines were sticking sideways out of her mouth
they were so infected).
She had a blood panel done and she tested positive for FeLV. Her
other levels correlate with the positive diagnosis. She may be up to
8 yrs old? She has a severe URI which is improving. However, she has
terrible diahrea. She is on a daily injectable antibiotic combo and
also gets injectable B12 and injectable B complex. I have her on
probiotics and Standard Process Whole Body Support. I have
Collostrum. Do you recommend it and how much should I give her?
She's tiny and fragile - 4 - 5 lbs now. Do you recommend Interferon?
What else can I give her? She is isolated in a very large sunny warm
bathroom and very happy and very active (even a bit hyper). She has
gone from NASTY cat in the beginning to sweet cuddly lap cat now.
Two of the others have been tested (awaiting results) and the other
4 will have blood panels this week. Some of these new cats are
isolated together and some are isolated alone. My own cats and other
permanent fosters I have are fragile and don't get vaxed - can't due
to auto immune diseases, severe HCM, vaccinosis, etc. so the new
ones have no contact with mine.
Any and all suggestions, advice would be gratefully accepted.