You know, there are probably thousands and thousands more undiagnosed cats
then diagnosed ones.  What matters most for these little ones, at least in
my opinion, is the overall care and love they get.  If they're safe, not
hungry, and in general good health-that's half the battle.  The rest is
great and I do give my some higher quality foods but everyone just does the
best they can.  I'm not sure frightening this disabled woman would help Jack
in the long run.  There are decent foods at the supermarket and my guess is
that these kitties also get tastes of human food as well.  Perhaps talking
to her about supplementing their kitty food with some plain chicken or beef
or even veggies when she has extra wouldn't hurt.  Listen, my family had 3
cats who lived to 23, 22, 24 and they survived on 9 Lives and human food!  


Explaining FELV or FIV is tricky because people think aids or leukemia.
Maybe just saying that Jack's got a virus that makes him more prone to
develop infections, etc. would be less frightening.  Do you know how old the
kitties are?


Christiane Biagi


Cell:  914-720-6888



[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Kelley Saveika
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2008 8:55 PM
To: felvtalk
Subject: Neighbor's cat double pos


Hi guys,

Lately Rescuties has been expanding our services to include a limited amount
of free spay/neuter for the pets of handicapped or housebound folks in the
area.  I have a neighbor who is wheelchair bound, so we took her female cat
up to be spayed a couple of weeks ago.  Today we had their male cat, Jack,

Sadly, Jack is double positive.  I guess we can have him tested again in 6
months, but we aren't going to be able to do the IFA and certainly no
aggressive treatment if he gets sick.  We just don't have the funds.  I wish
we had enough money to help every kitty in Austin, but our primary focus is
adoption, and this kitty already has a home.  

I have no clue what to do here, or how to advise this woman.  She is
wheelchair bound and the food she feeds the animals comes from the grocery
store, which she rides to on her wheelchair.  The family does not own a car
and I am assuming whatever money they get comes from disability (I didn't
ask, I don't like to pry and my primary focus is the cats) but premium
foods, supplements and the things we usually advise are probably out of the

I didn't want to distress or scare her too much - does anyone have any links
to "non scary" FELV info for the lay person?  These are nice kind animal
loving people, but not highly educated in cat diseases.  I don't know if
they have internet or not.  There is another cat in the home we will be
having tested tomorrow (which really is getting outside of our scope again,
but what can you do?).

Any advice is appreciated.


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