I was saddened to read that your cat has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  I'm new 
to caring for FeLV+ kitties. The oldest of my 6 positive kitties are just a yr 
old.  I really don't think feeding some canned cat food as a treat caused his 
death.  Many of us feed canned cat food.  

All we can do is feed the best diet the cat will eat, keep their lives as 
stress free as possible and love them with all our hearts.  You did all of 
this.  He couldn't have asked for a more loving home.
Sharyl  Sissy, Rocket, Mattie, CJ, Houdini, and Bright Eyes 

--- On Sun, 12/28/08, amanda <> wrote:

From: amanda <>
Subject: [Felvtalk] my cat died age 7, have anorther FeLV cat, please advise, 
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2008, 7:18 PM

Hi all, I'm Amanda I live in Japan, I don't know if I was a member 
here before or not, I keep going from group to group, but I need 
advice please. I just lost last week my beloved cat he was minus 4 
months almost 7 years old! He was diagnosed when he was about 1 1/2 
years old along with his sister. He also had a heart murmur that 
developed into a full heart problem when he was 3 years old. Besides 
taking the interferon when first had FeLV he never took any other 
medications, he was treated holistically and was on a raw diet, he 
would have cat food as a treat. He was very well sometimes had 
diarrea if ate too many bugs outside or ate a rat! He was an outside 
cat, but since just over 2 years ago I decided to have him on a 
harness and kept him inside as one of our cats got into a fight and 
had a heart attack ! He was healthy even. My cat (Sorry his name was 
Silver chan), at first cried to go outside, I had an outside cage 
for him too, and he soon ajusted to life on the leash, I'd take him 
for many walks aday as I could. Sometimes we'd be attacked by the 
neighbours tom cat (my cats are all neutered) and twice my cat got 
stressed out and bit me instead as a result! But other wise he was 
good natured. Since last fall 2007, I noticed that he didn't put on 
weight on, I even forgot about that it could be related to having 
FeLV , I thought maybe because he's on the leash and can't catch prey 
much now, sometimes he still did! Those days I was spoiling him with 
extra cat food with added rice, my husbands suggestion, I thought it 
was o.k since he did have abit of rice maybe once a week with fish, 
but he soon started getting stomach aches, so I stopped it, but would 
still sometimes give a teaspoon of cat food as a treat, mostly I'd 
try natural ones with no or low salt. I tried to keep him as stress 
free as possible knowing he had a heart problem. He was also on DMG, 
CoQ10, natto, and probiotics, for his heart. This year suddenly his 
voice changed abit, so off to the vets and they thought it maybe 
stress related, though I had gave him some chicken cat food that I 
never gave before, so I stopped that and soon his voice became normal 
again, that time was May and we had all the tests and x rays, and 
nothing was found. During the summer sometimes he would vomit and he 
always ate grass and maybe more lately, once or twice he vomitted a 
little blood, I thought he just had a delicate stomach, so took care 
not to give him too much food, ( he ate 3 small meals aday) He always 
had some stress from stray cats passing on garden /land, taht May he 
growled at one, so not sure if it was related. Anyway we adopted 3 
more cats this summer, he's very good with other cats, but he would 
get annoyed if they followed us on our walks, but we soon left them 
and went alone which he loved but he didn't mind sharing the house 
with them. Well just over 3 weeks ago I noticed him breathing fast, 
I thought his heart had worsened but it was lymphoma cancer in his 
chest and fluid arround his lungs, we tried chemo but made him worst 
and he lost alot of weight, so he was just made comfortable for the 
last weeks, he died on the 22nd. Of course I'm going through the self 
blame phrase, I wish I hadn't given him cat food as snacks! and many 
other things, I have anorther cat who has it now, he had interferon 
and is now better and is on a raw diet and lactoferrin and digestive 
enzymes, is there anything else I can do for him? And do you think 
my cat Silver chan could have lived longer? I mean when he first lost 
weight last year, maybe he should have had interferon again? I'm sure 
it was all FeLV related but what could I or should I have done? I 
really thought he didn't have FeLV anymore, and was just concerned 
about his heart! Please also tell me your stories, what age did your 
cats live to , what treatments, diet ect? I really don't want to 
make any more mistakes, I feel like I killed my cat giving him cat 
food that may have caused him to go downhill, or ..... I really don't 
know, but some people say living to be almost 7 with FeLV isn't so 
bad, his sister died age 3. Please advice, I'm making myself sick 
from this self guilt!!! please advice and help me through this and 
help me to help my new FeLV kitty!! Much love and hugs to you all, 
Amanda and Tabby ,Tora(FeLV) Nora and Angel Silver chan.

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