You're right. We probably shouldn't even have tested him, and normally I wouldn't, but there is another cat in the house, Star. We had her spayed and initial vacs for distemper, rabies and FELV 2 weeks ago, and she's going to be boostered and tested tomorrow. I don't know exact ages on either - apparently healthy young adults.
On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Chris <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > 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* > > *914-632-4672* > > *Cell: 914-720-6888* > > [EMAIL PROTECTED] * > > > > *From:* [EMAIL PROTECTED] [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, neutered. > > 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 > question. > > 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. > > Kelley > > -- > Rescuties - Saving the world, one cat at a time. > > http://www.rescuties.org > > Vist the Rescuties store and save a kitty life! > > http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=rescuties-20 > > Check out our Memsaic! > http://www.memsaic.com/app/launch.cfm?sid=08D2CAB2A6E9 > > http://www.zazzle.com/rescuties* > > Please help with some of our kitties medical needs! > > http://rescuties.chipin.com/kitties-medical-expenses > > "Rather than helping, it's easier to point fingers and say "take them first > as long as you leave me alone". > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > -- Rescuties - Saving the world, one cat at a time. http://www.rescuties.org Vist the Rescuties store and save a kitty life! http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect-home?tag=rescuties-20 Check out our Memsaic! http://www.memsaic.com/app/launch.cfm?sid=08D2CAB2A6E9 http://www.zazzle.com/rescuties* Please help with some of our kitties medical needs! http://rescuties.chipin.com/kitties-medical-expenses "Rather than helping, it's easier to point fingers and say "take them first as long as you leave me alone".
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