Amanda, My FeLV+ kittys: Buzzy - My first positive, he was adopted in January of '08 at about one year old. He had tested negative for feline leukemia in November of '07, but tested positive shortly after he was adopted. From the time I had him he was fed Wellness. He had been abused when he lived on the streets before my sister in law found him, and he was a very nervous kitty. I will always believe that if he had a more laid-back temperment he would have lived longer. Buzz was diagnosed with anemia in July of '08. He was brought out of it with Doxycycline and Prednesolone, but it came back in October and and the meds were no longer working. I lost him the week before Thanksgiving.
Orlando - I adopted him in July of '08 at 10 years old. He had been living in a barn with about 20 other cats that a woman owned. When she passed away a local no-kill shelter took him in along with all the others. About half of those cats tested positive at that time. He lived in the FeLV/FIV room of that sanctuary from January of '08 until I adopted him. He also eats Wellness mixed with extra water and Lysine. He gets a Cosequin tablet mixed in his food morning and evening. He is a very sweet laid-back no stress kind of cat. He once had a broken leg that did not heal right, so he has a crooked leg. Other then that he seems to be in excellent health. Maybe too fat. (Definitely too fat.) Tweezer - A local rescue group was keeping him in a cage when they found out that I have positive and negative cats mixed and free to roam the house. They asked me if I would take him, and when I found out he had been living in a cage for months, I adopted him. He is now approx. 2 1/2" years old. I brought him home on Sept.17th of '08. He weighed 3 1/2 lbs and felt like a skeleton. He had an upper resperatory infection, weepy eyes, ear mites, a tapeworm and was so weak he couldn't climb up one stair. I still can't believe the director of that group allowed him to be in such horrible shape. Anyway, he was put on Wellness mixed with water and Lysine and began to gain weight very quickly. He was on several runs of Doxycycline and other antibiotics and has continued to improve. Today he weights approx. 8 1/2 lbs. He has one mildly cloudy eye that the vet says is a cataract due to being malnourished as a kitten. His URI comes back now and then and gets so bad that he sneezes blood. He is once again on a round of Doxycycline. The great thing about this cat is his amazing love of life. He is the happiest little guy I have ever seen. He is so very happy to be out of a cage and feeling good. My two positives live with five negative cats who are all vaccinated against feline leukemia. All are indoor cats. I would like to put my positives on some kind of immunity boosting/vitamin supplement, but with so many making claims out there I am unsure what to trust. I know this was long, but I hope it helps. Sue _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org