Hi El,

Thank you for taking in those severely neglected cats. I cannot believe (though that's a figure of speech) that the FeLV+ girl was in such horrible shape, coming from a "shelter." You have given all of them a new lease on life. I'm always grateful that there are people like you out there, and you'll find like-minded souls here.

There is support on the list for colostrum and a similar product called Transfer Factor. I'm currently using neither on my FeLV+ girl, but you will probably get responses from people using one or the other. If you're using a specific brand, see if they have a web site with information on dose strength. Or, you might call and consult with a holistic or homeopathic vet in your area. They usually have good ideas about these types of supplements.

Interferon? Yes! Interferon alpha is very affordable, and most vets should have the ability to get it for you. My cat is on a 5 days on/5 days off regimen. I also highly recommend Vetri-Science's Liquid DMG product. One bottle costs in the $30-35 range and lasts my cat for three months, easily. She is asymptomatic, and it's possible that the DMG and interferon are helping her to stay that way.

FInally, I think giving these cats lots of love, play-time and a stress-free environment goes a long way toward helping them have fewer or no symptoms.



On Feb 24, 2008, at 8:05 PM, whocares whocares wrote:

To:     felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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.

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