Laurie, I think she's being treated very well by this foster woman.  She has 
cared for her day and night since she was taken from this so called shelter.  
There was a before and after picture of "Snowball" and her eyes were swollen 
completely shut.  Now her eyes are open.  The woman said they don't let the 
females go until the staples or sutures are out so I think she will be well 
cared flooked after following her spaying.  This lady did say she wanted 
Snowball to go to a family where she would have no stress and preferably no 
kids.  I don't know why no kids but the only kid I have is grown up and married 
so I think that makes us qualified.  I can only wait and see now. AND hope my 
husband is agreable if she calls us.  

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: laurieskatz 
  Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 4:59 PM
  Subject: Re: Herpes virus

  Lynne, there is a great herpes yahoo group that I belong to. You might look 
into it. My vet thinks 2 of my cats may have this virus. Stress causes it to 
flare. It can cause eye (and mouth?) problems. I give L-lysine twice a day 
during a flare up. I have never had to do more than that with mine whose 
symtoms are minor. Winston occasionally (about once a year) gets an unexplained 
high fever and quits eating. My vet thinks it's related to the herpes. He 
recovers with anti-biotics. I don't think herpes is a big deal in most cats.

  I do think it can be spread, though if my 2 have it the other 5 didn't get 
it. Also, my vet didn't warn me about contagion when he told me he thought Lucy 
may have herpes (cat number 5) or when he told me he thought Winston had it 
(cat number 7). Mine have not been tested for it so can't say for certain that 
they have this. Lucy's eyes run with clear tears when she is stressed and 
Winston winks his eyes and they get red rimmed when he is stressed. 

  You might ask the shelter/vet what they will do to reduce her stress during 
and after her spay. Getting her out of the shelter is a GREAT way to reduce her 

  Congrats if you adopt her!
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Lynne 
    Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 2:53 PM
    Subject: Herpes virus

    Could any of you give me some first hand info and experience with the 
herpes virus in cats.  There is this young cat I saw a picture of who is in a 
rescue shelter at the moment . The poor little thing was a total wreck when 
this woman took her in and she is now in the process of getting her eyes 
cleaned up.  They look a whole lot better than they did before this woman got 
hold of her.  Apparently the vet who is taking care of the cat said her eyes 
would have to be cleaned at least twice a day and when and if she has flareups 
the appropriate treatment will have to be given.  She is being spayed very 
shortly and is going to be up for adoption fairly soon.  I said I would take 
her probably because she reminded me a lot of BooBoo.  She's all white and from 
the picture looks like she may have persian in her.  She has that same flat 
little face that Boo did.  Would I be getting myself into something like I just 
went through with Boo or is there more hope for these animals. This kitty has 
tested negative for feline leukemia.  I haven't even told my husband yet.  I 
just blurted out that I would take her.  I don't even know if I'll be chosen 


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