Welcome to the group Sidney.  Pancreatitis ca be a painful illness for cats but 
is treatable.  There is a new yahoo pancreatitis group that has some great 
treatment info.
Has your vet Rx anything for pain?  Please do not give the General Metacam.  
There are other effective pain meds for cats.  
Eating is even more important for a sick kitty.  There is a wonderful Yahoo 
feeding group that has info on assist feeding.
Sounds like the General has found a wonderful place to 'room'.

--- On Sat, 12/13/08, souther...@aol.com <souther...@aol.com> wrote:

From: souther...@aol.com <souther...@aol.com>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Introduction - new here (LONG)
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008, 10:12 PM

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
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
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. 
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
for Feline Leukemia and I don't know what else and said he's positive
Feline Leukemia, you might as well have him put to sleep as he's gonna die
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
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
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
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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