The new one today said we'd talk about it again after we got his cytology 
report back Marylyn.  His primary care giver was the one who told my husband it 
would do him no good now.  We aren't giving up on anything where this boy is 
concerned.  This has just been a bad day for me.  They took fluid from both 
sides of his chest today and he's lost a pound in less than a week.  That may 
have been the fluid.  He looks kind of pitiful  with big chunks of his hair 
shaved away on both sides.  I'm very upbeat when I go upstairs to see him but 
I'm near tears the rest of the time.  I still don't think I have accepted this. 
 Tomorrow will be another day however.  We did raise his dish today, actually 
just put it on a book and it just seems more comfortable for him to eat that 
way.  Bob and I do manage to get a laugh every now and then with some of the 
ridiculous things we come up with to make him comfortable.  The cat must think 
we're nuts.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marylyn 
  Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 9:45 PM
  Subject: Re: new member with FeLV+ foster kitty Milli


  Please check with another vet re the interferon.  Vets have very different 
ideas on how and when to use it.  Second opinions don't hurt anything. 

  On Feb 24, 2008, at 8:34 PM, Lynne wrote:

    El, I am too new to this to give advice  but I am sure you will be 
receiving many replies shortly by many knowledgeable people on this group.  It 
sounds to me that you are doing every thing possible for these animals that can 
benefit them.  The fact that your girl is around 8 years old may be an 
encouraging sign.  Maybe the antibiotics are contributing to her diarrhea? and 
it is a temporary thing?  I can't imagine what more you can do for her.  She 
obviously seems happy which is a really important thing and of course it is 
necessary to keep yours isolated from the others.  You'll need to ask your vet 
about the interferon.  It could be useful.  Apparently it has shown some 
favorable results.  If I had that option now I would definitely try it but it's 
too late for my boy according to the vet.  Sorry I can't be of help, I so 
admire you for what you have done for these animals.  I'm sure others will come 
forward as soon as they see your email.

    Best of luck
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: whocares whocares
      Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2008 9:05 PM
      Subject: new member with FeLV+ foster kitty Milli


      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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