It is so hard. I hope you have the luck I have had with Dixie. If
you need to just vent and can figure out how to email me directly,
please feel free. Again, don't let your frustration, anger, grief and
all those other very understandable emotions, emotions we have all
felt, cheat you of all the wonderful time you have with him. The time
may be long or short but it is a very special time for you all.
On Feb 24, 2008, at 8:53 PM, Lynne wrote:
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 -----
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
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.