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:
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.