No, I wish I had known my cat was positive a year ago and I would have put him 
on interferon then.  By the time we did, it was way too late.  Actually I gave 
the Interferon to the Clinic and it was going to be used for a healthy positive 
cat.  I'm sure this will be of great benefit to your little girl.  

Lynne
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kathy Dillard 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 6:33 PM
  Subject: Re: re spaying my kitten


  The last time she was at the vet was for shots and the vet told us to bring 
her back in three weeks for a distemper shot and to discuss having her sapyed. 
I believe they said they would do  blood work at that time. After she tested 
positive for feline leukemis I think their protocol is to just keep her on 
interferon all the time. Do you think that is a bad idea?

  Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
    Well, I guess you have to trust your vet.  I still have misgivings about it 
but will be getting my girl spayed also.  I must confess I am very nervous 
about having it done.  She will never be an outdoor cat so there is no cause 
for worry there but I think part of my adoption agreement was that I do get her 
spayed.  Why is your little one on interferon?  Has she had routine blood work 
done to make sure her CBC is ok?  There was a young leukemia positive cat, 
around 8 months old, at our vets whose bloodwork was excellent and she was 
going to be spayed.  So I don't know what the best thing to do is.  I never had 
a cat that was terminally ill before until Boo and it just seemed everything 
went downhill rapidly after he was neutered.  I'm just a little paranoid these 
days.

    Lynne
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Kathy Dillard 
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
      Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 6:14 PM
      Subject: Re: re spaying my kitten


      She was just checked by the vet and she has gianed weight (6 lbs) and the 
vet said she seems very healthy.  The vet said that cats that are not spayed 
have more problems with cancer. She has be en in heat twice now and it does 
seem to stress her out some and she eats less during that time

      Lynne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: 
        < STYLE> 
        Kathy, personally, unless she has had bloodwork showing she is the 
healthiest positive cat on the planet, I would not do it.  I was told that the 
stress of wanting to breed is harder on a cat than the stress of undergoing 
neutering but if I had to do it again, I would never have had my positive male 
neutered.  Although he was pretty far advanced leukemia wise, I truly believe 
his neutering caused him many additional problems that hastened his death.  As 
we know, spaying is a much bigger procedure than neutering.  If she is going to 
be an indoor cat onl y and you are willing to go through heats I would not do 
it.  Just my take on things.  I now have a 3 year old female who has Feline 
Herpes Virus, inactive at the moment, and I've only had her for a week.  I am 
not even going to think about spaying for at least a month.  I want her to be 
in excellent health, stress free etc before I'll even consider it.

        Lynne
          ----- Original Message ----- 
          From: Kathy Dillard 
          To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
          Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 10:18 AM
          Subject: re spaying my kitten


          My female kitten Foxy is about 8 1/2 months old. She has tested 
positive for feline leukemia and is currently on a daily dose of interferon. My 
vet has recomm ended having her spayed . Please advise and discuss pros and 
cons. I feel very anxious and scared about having this procedure done but want 
to do the right thing for Foxy.


          kathy

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