You've come to a great place for information and support.  Others have much
more experience with these babies, but I can tell you that diet and stress
control are paramount.  If you can give your new guy (what's his name?) the
best food possible and keep him as happy as possible, that's a great first
step.  You can also supplement his diet with L-lysine (from natural food
stores, without the additives found in the kind you find in most drugstores,
which is toxic to cats).  Make sure your vet is knowledgeable on FeLV -- if
he/she didn't immediately suggest euthanasia, that's a good sign.  If he/she
isn't, look around for one who is.  Some people here like holistic vets, if
there are some in your area, in addition to their regular vet.  
There's no way to know how long any of them will last.  Some people here
have kitties who have lived long and well with FeLV, and then there are some
(like my Patches, who came to me as a stray, too, who only stayed with me
six weeks.)  What's important is to enjoy him every minute he's with you,
fight the good fight together, but know when it's time to let go.  Not easy,
but doable.  Good luck with your guy.
Diane R.


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Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Melina. I am new to this site and
really know nothing of this terrible disease. I have recently (just bringing
him home from the vets today) adopted the sweetest little boy who sadly has
this virus. He showed up a few days ago as a stray. My husband and I fell in
love with him and took him to the vet for shots, etc. Sadly, we were
informed that he has tested positive.
I really do not know what this means. Any information will be greatly
appreciated. I especially would like to know what I can do to keep him well
for as long as possible. The vet suggests Vitamin C. Any information will be
greatly appreciated.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 8:20 pm
Subject: Re: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 

I'm so saddened Sherry that Melina couldn't rally yet another time.  My
heart honestly aches everytime I hear of another passing.  It sometimes
makes one wonder just how much a body can endure.  But I guess the courage
and trusting nature of these dear creatures makes it possible to go on.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Sherry DeHaan 
To: Felvtalk 
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 10:44 PM
Subject: Melina Please add to the CLS :( 

First of all I want to thank all of you for your prayers and good thoughts
for this beautiful baby.The aweful disease was way too much for her this
time.She was a VERY spunky little girl.My heart aches without her in my
life.I need to keep telling myself that I gave her so much love that she was
happy until the end.I will miss her little loving head butts and rubbing her
sweet face on mine.Ok now the tears are coming out. :( Once again thank you
all so much for having to listen to all my sadness.But I also get ALOT of
goodness out of these creatures.


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