Sarai, I was saddened to read that Bella has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  I 
know how heart breaking it is to lose a little one. 

Like others that have responded, I feed mine the best food they will eat, love 
them, and keep stress to a minimum.  So far I have rescued 6 positive kitties.  
All were born with FeLV.  The first 2 rescues are now 2 yrs old and 
asymptomatic.  The next four were 4 week old when I rescued them last July.  I 
only have Mattie, who is blind, left.  No idea why Bright Eyes, Houdini and CJ 
succumbed and the others haven't.  

Give your little boy a hug from us.

--- On Tue, 7/14/09, Orth, Sarai <> wrote:

> From: Orth, Sarai <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Baby Bella 3/4/09-7/9/09
> To:
> Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 2:41 PM
> I subscribed to this mailing just a
> few weeks ago when I found out that
> my 2 kittens were FeLV positive. I committed to caring for
> them though
> the first vet (who since I have since stopped going to)
> told me to have
> them put down and "spare myself the agony and financial
> burden". 
> My girl kitty, Bella, 4 months old had a pretty bad herpes
> infection
> with a fever of 105 for over two weeks. She stopped eating
> her hard food
> and I so I was spoon feeding her baby food to try to get
> her to gain
> weight. She was also on antibiotics- She had good days and
> bad days, it
> was quite the roller coaster for those weeks.  She
> seemed to be doing
> better this past week- interacting more, eating lots,
> etc.  Then all of
> a sudden, in the middle of the night on Wednesday, her
> neurological
> system went haywire. She began biting herself
> uncontrollably, running
> into walls, stumbling around and she lost most of her
> vision. Within 6
> hours of the symptoms beginning, we were forced to love
> enough to let
> her go. Our new vet was wonderful and helped us through the
> whole
> process with kindness. He thinks that the leukemia went
> systemic and
> settled in her brain. It feels like it happened so fast.
> While we are
> still grieving our loss, we are also very worried about our
> other
> kitten. While he is FeLV positive, he has not had any
> clinical issues.
> He seems perfectly normal, loving and active. 
> I am wondering if there are others out there with a "not
> sick" FELV
> kitty and if so, what kind of measures are you taking to
> help increase
> their chance of making it through this? Our vet said that
> if he makes it
> to 6 months old, we may be able to re-test to see if he has
> suppressed
> the virus. He is just over 4 months old now and has lost
> his sister,
> which has been very stressful on him. He is an indoors only
> kitty. We
> also have him taking Lysine (to keep herpes symptoms at
> bay) and
> Pet-tinic (vitamins). 
> ~Sarai 
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