am cracking up reading the description of his antics around the
house--stealing the greens from the birds, indeed! (maybe he wants CORN? an
inside joke, sorry.)

one of the most amazing things about FeLVs is that, especially with the
young ones who aren't meant to be here long, they seem to KNOW that they
have to express all their cuteness, and all their sweetness, and all their
brattiness into a shorter period--and as much as i've cried when young one
had to go home, i've known that those little ones have enjoyed every minute
of their lives...... 3 months, 6 months, 3 years, 12 years--just love them.

MC

On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 10:31 PM, Beth Noren <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Hi Heather,
> Of the 5 kittens, one was positive right away, and one turned positive
> several weeks later.
> We lost the first one to FIP, which I partially blame on vaccinating too
> soon and too short a regimen of antibiotics.  She was vaccinated a couple of
> days after the antibiotics were stopped, they were still in her system
> then and were masking the fact that she hadn't really kicked her URI.  Her
> immune system just got tired, and she came down with FIP.  She was a very
> sick little runt when we found her, so she may not have made it even without
> our mistakes.  When one of her brothers came down with a high fever, we had
> him retested and he came up positive.  He got prednisolone for 1 or 2 days
> and was put on Clavamox.  The fever came back within a week, one
> prednisolone tablet was all it took to break the fever.  After all I had
> been through with the first one, there was no way I was letting him off the
> antibiotic.  He was on Clavamox as a preventative for *months*.  Everyone
> says that it will kill the good bacteria along with the bad, and that may be
> true for some cats, but he never had a problem.  He has always been my best
> and most enthusiastic eater, no diarrhea or anything.  I think that the
> antibiotics allowed his body to concentrate on its fight with the
> virus instead of wasting its energy on any bacteria.  Just my layman's
> guess.  I think that the typical 10 day antibiotic prescription is way too
> short.  Then again, he was much healthier than his sister when I found them,
> so maybe he has stayed well *despite* my meddling.  Anyway, I was kinda
> flying under my vet's radar getting Clavamox refills, finally I took him in
> to have his mouth checked 'cause he wouldn't eat his crunchy treats (it was
> fine) and she said that she couldn't in good conscience see any reason to
> continue prescribing meds to such a healthy looking cat.  He's solid muscle
> from playing all day long.  The only supplement I use with him is L-Lysine
> powder in his wet food.  Food brands have changed a few times, but for a
> lot of their lives they have been on California Natural chicken and rice
> dry.  Current wet food is Pet's Promise chicken from Petco.  I avoid fish
> flavors because they can have a flame retardant chemical in them (from
> pollution).  Once in awhile they get a plate of wet baby greens or romaine
> lettuce, otherwise they try to steal it from our birds.  That's it.  Oh,
> and I waited longer to have him neutered (7 months).  He is healthier
> than his three remaining siblings (all negative, but two have food allergies
> and one broke her femur).  I know that the odds are long on making 3 years,
> but I have hope, and I try to concentrate on the joy of his company right
> here and now.  Even when he's hell-bent on stealing used Q-tips from the
> bathroom trash.  :o)
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> Sending good thoughts for Sissy,
> Beth
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> > Thank you all for your condolences and thoughts, I sent Jann a link to
> > the archives so that she would know that many thoughts are with her, with
> > wishes of peace and love for Hobbs.
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