Another question. My kittens tested positive with the ELISA test. May they have their vaccines? Mom gets tested Friday. If positive, may she have her vaccines? May she be spayed?
--- On Wed, 10/29/08, MacKenzie, Kerry N. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > From: MacKenzie, Kerry N. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Stray Kitty I took in tests positive > To: email@example.com > Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 3:16 PM > Brenda, > You're an angel for opening your heart and home to > Spazzy. Thank you on behalf of all homeless kitties, and > particularly FeLV kitts. > You've come to the right place for info. > My first advice would be to find an informed, > FeLV-competent vet. While your vet sounds nice, nice > won't help Spazzy if she's uninformed about FeLV. > And it's evident from your email that you are better > informed than your vet---definitely do not allow her to > vaccinate Spazzy. Also, keep Spazzy indoors. It stops him > from spreading the FeLV and prevents him from coming into > contact with cats that may pass on other illnesses to him. > As you already learned, the most important goal is to do > everything possible to help his immune system. In my > opinion, if a cat is enjoying life--alert, playing, eating, > enjoying cuddles etc--there is every reason to help him > continue to do so. > To that end, buy the highest quality cat food you can > afford--ideally, one without by-products, additives or > preservatives. (Last time I looked, Iams didn't measure > up). Add 500mg L-Lysine--grind it to a powder--to his food > morning and night. Add a teaspoon of Anitra Frazier's > vita-mineral-mix recipe twice a day. (See recipe below.) > Wholefoods or a health store should have all the > ingredients, and you can make enough at one time to keep you > going for weeks. And provide as stress-free an environment > as you can---lots of attention, cuddles and care goes a long > way to boosting the immune system. > Some cats will throw off the virus--one of my 5 FeLV cats > is now negative. (The others succumbed around the age of 2.) > The test your vet likely means is an IFA test, to find out > if the FeLV is in the bone marrow. Once in the bone marrow, > the FeLV is confirmed, and won't be thrown off. > Ask her what medication she is referring to--feline > interferon? Immunoregulin? > > Here's the Vita-Mineral Mix recipe. > > Into the wet food, morning and night, I mix: > > 1 tsp Vita-Mineral Mix which is made up of: > > 1 1/2 cups yeast powder (brewer's yeast, nutritional > yeast or tarula). (I use nutritional yeast.) > > 1/4 cup kelp powder or 1/4 cup mixed trace mineral powder > (I found kelp first, so I use that) > > 1 cup lecithin granules > > 2 cups wheat bran > > 2 cups bonemeal. > > Here's another excerpt from the same book---The New > Natural Cat--A Complete Guide for Finicky Owners, by Anitra > Frazier-- it's in the Feline Leukemia section on pages > 326/327): > > "When a positive cat---one carrying the virus--comes > into contact with a negative cat--one not carrying the > virus--the negative, but exposed cat may: > > *not become affected in any way; > *become infected (positive), develop immunity, and revert > again to being negative; > *become positive, but not become ill and remain > positive--thus becoming a new carrier of the virus; > *become positive and develop lymphosarcoma, leukemia, or > other cancer; or > *become positive and be ill from the virus infection, much > like flu; and then recover and remain positive or become > negative. > > A positive cat who has not developed cancer can be tested > again in three months. If he has been treated by an > experienced veterinary homeopath and put on a high-quality > diet designed to build general health and strengthen the > immune system, chances are good that he will have reverted > to negative. "(my emphasis) > > You will get lots more great advice here. Bless you for > loving and looking out for Snazzy. > Kerry M. > > > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of > Brenda Waterson > Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:13 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: [Felvtalk] Stray Kitty I took in tests positive > > Hello, > > I recently took in a stray cat that had been hanging around > my neighborhood for some time. He's such a nice boy and > I had been feeding him for a few months before I took him > in. What made me take him in was he became very sick with an > upper respiratory infection and I had just felt so bad > because the mucous that was coming from his nose was green, > not too mention he was having a hard time breathing. I took > him to my Vet who said he was a very sick kitty, he was > close to pneumonia treated him with antibiotics and sent us > home. I was to follow up with vaccinations and a neuter. He > did finish his course of antibiotics, and days after I went > on a family vacation for 10 days. My pet sitter stopped by > daily to feed my animals, and walk the dogs. I received a > call from the pet sitter stating she was sorry but the cat > (Spazzy) had ran past her when she was taking the dogs out. > I told her not to worry just try calling him and he should > come back. Well that went > on for days and no Spazzy. When I finally got home from > vacation I was worried about him because he had been gone > for about a week, I looked around the neighborhood but > couldn't find him. Well about a month and a half had > passed one morning while I was heading out the door to work, > he was sitting at my back door. I was happy to see him, but > was concerned because it seemed his upper respiratory > infection was back. I brought him in the house, feed and > watered him and off to work I went. I called my Vet who was > booked for the weekend and couldn't see him until > Monday. I was too concerned to wait so I figured it would be > best to see a different Vet. Well Mr. Houdini as I like to > call him (Spazzy) had gotten out. I was heartbroken and > worried because he was sick . I again searched the > neighborhood for him but had no luck at finding him. About a > week had passed and I spotted him while I was walking my > dogs. I was able to grab him, brought him back home and > called the Vet. I took him in the following morning but > seen a different Vet at the practice. Dr. McGinn had said he > was sick but she wanted to check for Feline Leukemia because > where he was treated not that long ago chances are he > probably did have it. Not too mention he also had ulcers in > his mouth which she stated is common for cats with feline L. > Well those 10 minutes were very long just waiting, I hoped > and prayed it was negative but it turned out he was > positive. He was seen 10/13/08 was treated with Amoxi drops, > twice a day until gone. Initially he seemed to be getting > better, but a week and a half after I noticed he was > sneezing but this time no mucous was visible just blood. I > called the Vet's office once they opened, I had > explained what was going on and was told Dr. McGinn would > call me back by the end of the day. She did return my call > and said she's changing his antibiotic to something > stronger. She put him on Clavimox drops twice a day > until gone. She also stated there are new meds for cats > with feline L. but she would need to research it more before > she would start using it at her practice. Have any of you > heard of or maybe your cat is currently using this new > medication? I guess it helps build the immune system. He > started the Clavimox drop Saturday 10/26/08 and he seems to > be doing better now, no drainage from his eyes, no sneezing > blood, but still sounds very stuffy. Have any of you > experienced these types of symptoms with your cats? He's > gaining weight and thriving but from my understanding they > can take a turn for the worse at any given time. Also once > he's better she wants him to get his vaccines, however > with a compromised immune system will the vaccine's harm > him? Dr. McGinn seems to be a very caring Vet, but she > doesn't seem to know too much about Feline L. I have > done some research on the Internet and found that the Elisa > test can sometimes produce a false positive, > and it can tell what stage the feline L is at. I guess the > preliminary stage (1) is where the cat has come in contact > with it, but it's immune system is trying to fight off > the disease. The secondary stage (2) is yes the cat does > have it, it's gone past the cat's immune system > fighting the disease and has moved into the cats bone > marrow. Well Dr. McGinn stated the only way to find that out > is by doing a bone marrow biopsy. The different websites > I've viewed never stated that just that the Elisa test > was able to determine what stage the cat was at. Have any of > you ever heard of such a thing? At this point I don't > know if I should keep trying to treat the sickness every > time they appear, or if I should end all suffering for > Spazzy and have him euthanized. I don't want him to > suffer, and I feel by my keeping him around is being selfish > because I love him. Is there anything I can do to help boost > his immune system? The Vet recommended feeding him Iam's > which he is now on. But is there something more I can do > for him? > > I'm sorry this is such a long email but I thought it > was best to start from the beginning so everyone could see > the whole picture. > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > _____________________________________________________________________________ > > IRS CIRCULAR 230 NOTICE. Any tax advice expressed above by > Mayer Brown LLP was not intended or written to be used, and > cannot be used, by any taxpayer to avoid U.S. federal tax > penalties. If such advice was written or used to support the > promotion or marketing of the matter addressed above, then > each offeree should seek advice from an independent tax > advisor. > This email and any files transmitted with it are intended > solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they > are addressed. If you have received this email in error > please notify the system manager. If you are not the named > addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy > this e-mail. > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org