as we know, a loving, stress-free environment seems to be the most effective treatment for FeLVs. good nutrition is important, but less so, in my seldom-humble opinion, than the former.
see if http://www.petsfortheelderly.org/ have any suggestions--i seriously doubt that your local shelter <makes warding signs> is one of their partners, but there are a lot of shelters around the country now that have meals-on-wheels for local elderly and disabled folks. you might also want to contact the local center for independent living and ask them if there are any local programs they know of--some food banks have animal food banks, too. (one has to wonder if this woman is aware of the various programs that she, herself, if quite possibly eligible.) after you find out what the other cat's diagnosis is, i think doing what has been suggested is good--as long as we're talking FeLV. i don't see any particular reason to say much about the FIV..... that the cat has a virus that might never become activated, just keep closer watch for changes, etc. i might not use the word leukemia right away, cuz that in and of itself scares people. start a food pantry..... contact the CIL and senior programs and find out about the ones that are operated in other parts of the country--it's a GREYT idea, and the need is incredible.... On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 8:55 PM, Kelley Saveika <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > 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 > > -- Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors! Maybe That'll Make The Difference.... MaryChristine AIM / YAHOO: TenHouseCats MSN: [EMAIL PROTECTED] ICQ: 289856892
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