* I'm posting for Laura because she can't subscribe, list problems,
Jim is working on them. You can post on the list to answer she is going
to read the archives for answers! Her message is below:*
I've tried subscribing to this list but for some reason the form won't
go through. I've sent an e-mail to the list holder. I figured for now,
I'll just read from the archives but would like to introduce myself to
you all :)
My name is Laura, I live in Jersey and currently have 7 wonderful
kitties. My newest family member is FeLV+, 2 years old, and also named
Laura, (I'll fill you in on that in a bit) she is blind (very bad herpes
infection as a kitten) has one bad eye and the other was removed last
Her background: About 2 years ago my neighbor and I had to "clean up" a
colony down the street from us of about 50 cats and kittens, we had them
all "fixed", some were TNR'd and the adoptables were given to a local
rescue to find homes. I fostered all the kittens except 2 which who
went straight to my vets office since they had eye issues, and I knew
the rescue I deal with would not take them and try to place them. The
kittens were named Laura and Dave, and tested Neg for FeLV. About a 3rd
of this colony tested Pos, so we knew it was in the colony...but all the
kittens were testing Neg.
I ended up keeping one of the kittens (Rusty) and had him tested 3
times, because one of the kittens we adopted out later tested positive
when the family vet tested her. Anyway, Laura and Dave lived at my
vets for the past 2 years with several other cats. My vet took Dave
home several months ago and Laura started having problems with a new cat
that was bullying her. I found out about it and offered to take Laura,
since I already have a blind cat and have no problem with it.
I brought her home and put her in a room with a screen door, so she
could smell my other cats and get to know them without any issues, plus
I work long hours and didn't want her wandering around my house
unsupervised yet. My vet had sent out an IFA test for Laura just to be
sure she was Neg, at my request. Well, it came back positive. She then
did snap tests on cats that were living with Laura and 2 were also
positive (ironically the bully is pos too). She also tested Dave who is
living with her and he was pos.
So, for now I'm keeping Laura in her own room with the screen door, I
also put up a baby gate so that she can't dart out when I go in and out
of the room, that would be disastrous when I'm leaving for work at 5:30
am....I just don't have time. Aside from the FeLV, Laura also has
herpes, and has lots of bald patches which my vet thinks is from the
stress of living with the bully. I'm not so sure, so I put her on
Wellness instead of the crappy fancy feast she was eating to see if it
might be food related? I don't know, I'm hoping in time, she'll settle
in and her fur will grow back, she is a beautiful tortie.
That's our story, sorry so long! I just wanted to say hello and ask if
you all had any advice, especially when it comes to food for these
kitties....Since I have Laura confined, I can feed her anything. I'm
going to start putting L-lysine in her food for the herpes but is there
anything else I should be giving her? I don't want to throw too much at
her at once, her stools are lovely and I don't want to mess that up, and
also want to see how her coat reacts to these small changes.
Thanks in advance~!
happiness is being owned by cats ...
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