Oh my.  A story I know well.  With both Felv+ and Felv- cats.  You  
have been hooked by an angel.  My first and only Felv+ was Dixie.  She  
was probably 3 or so years old.  After I decided to find a way to keep  
her (She apparently had lost her home and was hanging out with the  
ferals behind my mother's home.  She was supposed to be spayed then  
become my farm cat) I took her to a holistic vet my regular vets had  
referred me to with other animals.  Dr. Betty Boswell worked with the  
vets at Middletown Animal Hospital and between them and the love Dixie  
got as well as gave, she had three wonderful years and HAD  
EVERYTHING!!!!!  I urge any one with a critter who has problems to  
seek holistic services as well as regular vets.  My world is great in  
that both groups I use respect each other.  Fed the highest quality  
food you can.  Mix in ground/chopped veggies high vitamin C (Dixie  
loved baby carrots, broccoli and spinach).  Start her on Colostrum or  
Transfer Factor.  Love him with all your and do not fear the future.   
Everyone who loves and is loved has a broken heart eventually and,  
just as eventually, breaks another's heart.  Learn from him.  He came  
to you for a reason.  And hang with this group.  You found it the way  
I did and it is wonderful.  The information is great and, although it  
is sometimes conflicting, you need to read it all to find out what is  
right for you and your wonderful friend.  And give him EVERYTHING!!!

On Dec 13, 2008, at 9:12 PM, souther...@aol.com wrote:

> I just found this list after doing a little on line reading.  I  
> joined this
> list to learn more about the issues surrounding caring for a Feline  
> Leukemia
> positive cat.  Here's our story:
> I have never owned a cat or even been around a cat in my life and  
> I'm almost
> 52.  Two years ago this coming spring I was in my yard working in my  
> flowers
> and this poor scrawny cat came and climbed up in my lap.  I kept  
> moving him and
> he came moving back in my lap.  He just kept hanging around so I  
> gave him
> milk (remember I know NOTHING about cats).  The next day he was  
> sitting on my
> front porch so I brought him some dog food out (that's all I had as  
> I have always
> had dogs)  He ate it as fast as I'd give it to him.  The next day he  
> was
> still there so I bought him catfood.  I started feeding him every  
> day outside.  He
> stayed.  After about 3 weeks I figured if he was going to stay I  
> better get
> him to a vet and get him neutered.  I took him to my dog's vet who  
> tested him
> for Feline Leukemia and I don't know what else and said he's  
> positive for
> Feline Leukemia, you might as well have him put to sleep as he's  
> gonna die anyway.
> Well, I'd become attached to him so I said, no not gonna do that.   
> Go ahead
> and neuter him and give him whatever vaccinations he needs and we'll  
> go from
> there.  I found a local vet that specializes in cats and took him  
> there.  I
> moved him inside and there's he's been ever since. He's a huge boy  
> now, a sweet
> loving lap cat and  I love him with all my heart :-)
> He's had some problems, a kidney infection, eye infections, and now  
> he's
> having some issues with what they think is pancreatitis.  He's had  
> bouts of
> vomiting, and loss of appetite.  It comes back after a day or so and  
> he's fine for
> several days but then it seems to come back.  I'm now waiting on the  
> results of
> some test that may be able to determine if it is truly  
> pancreatitis.  All his
> other blood levels are normal.  No temp.  Today his heart rate was  
> up but
> other than that he was normal other than he acted like his tummy  
> hurt and he
> wouldn't eat and didn't want to be handled (both things are very  
> unlike him as
> he'd sit in my lap for hours usually if I'll let him)
> So here we are and we're hoping to learn.  Oh, his name is General  
> Sterling
> Price, named for a cat in a John Wayne movie, True Grit (Mattie  
> Ross: You don't
> have any family, do you?Except Chen Lee and that lazy cat. Cogburn:
> General Price don't belong to me.Cats don't belong to nobody! He  
> just rooms with
> me.Course I depend on him...)
> Sidney and General Sterling Price
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