Hi, Amy --

I'm sorry your baby isn't doing well, and I'm even sorrier that
diagnosis and treatment need to be ruled by, as you say, your credit
line.  We've all been at this point, I think.  Part of the nastiness of
this disease is that it's expensive all around, from the frequent vet
visits to the food and supplements, to the emotional expense.  Unlike
many of the kitties on this list, my FeLV kitty, Patches, turned up on
our doorstep one night and was gone within two months.  I don't know if
I could have afforded his care in the long run, and it absolutely bites
to have to think in those terms about a little soul in your care.

I have a cat that sounds a lot like Grrr -- thankfully he's been healthy
all his life, except, y'know, for the psychosis. ;-)  Best of luck with
whatever your vet comes up with to treat him.

Diane R.

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy Ackerman
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     Thanks for the welcome & kind words, Gary & Laurie.       My vet
believes Grrr has lymphosarcoma, but for the time being the diagnostic
tools recommended to locate the suspected spinal tumor are simply out of
reach financially.  Times are lean for everyone, I know; this was a very
difficult day, deciding courses of treatment for this very cool, loved
cat based on our credit lines.  He's having a rough time getting around.
Grrr is also, as you may be able to gather from his name, not a terribly
good patient.  That may be the understatement of the month.  He is
slightly anemic as well, but his... attitude doesn't make him a terribly
good candidate for, say, daily pills, etc.  He's getting a cortisol shot
to see if it improves his mobility/comfort & an injectable, long term
antibiotic (I need to get the drug name) to counter the immune
suppressive effects of the cortisol.  He eats like a horse, so we're
going to try some of the suggested dietary modifications as well.  Any
one with suggestions for minimally invasive treatments (minimally
invasive by this cat's standards is, say, tossing a tasty tidbit gently
from across the room, careful not to let it land too close), please
share as I continue to dredge through the archives.  My other two are
keenly looking around for Grrr tonight- should be a fun car ride home
tomorrow with all three, plus the mastiff going along to get her rabies
vax.  I'll check back in tomorrow- good night, all, and thanks again for
the support!     
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