Just a comment about CRF kitties.  My Pequita was dx with CRF over 3 yrs ago.  
She'll be 17 this Oct.  She has been on meds and daily sub q fluids for most of 
those 3 yrs.  I assist feed her several times per day.  She will only eat from 
a baby spoon.  I do the meds, feedings and fluids on her terms and she is doing 

Often when a kitty crashed they are are very resistant to treatment.  It is all 
new and strange for them.  Once the person develops a treatment schedule things 
usually go a lot better.  Like people, cats like to know what is going to 
happen and when it is going to happen.  

I just don't want people here to think that treating CRF or any chronic disease 
should not be attempted.  Each kitty is unique and will respond to treatment 
plans differently.  Often members of the CRF group are in a panic mode and are 
still dealing with a kitty in crisis.  You don't know how yours will respond 
until you try.   

Whatever problem our beloved companions have we need to remember to love them 
and treasure each day we have together.

--- On Wed, 8/12/09, Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com> wrote:

> From: Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Thank you for your help
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 7:46 AM
> Dear Friends, I want to thank all of
> you for your help and advice
> about the FelV cat in my cageless FelV shelter who is
> slowly wasting
> away.  I really appreciate your caring
> responses.  I did not want to
> take "Mimi" to the vet to be PTS, as it is so stressful for
> her, and
> you helped me make my decision to just love and comfort her
> where she
> is now, in her favorite sleeping place.
> Frank, I too am haunted by the memory of taking a dying cat
> to the
> vet and watching him use what little strength he had left
> to fight
> going there.  It was awful, and unless a cat is in
> extreme pain I
> will never do this again.
> Maybe I shouldn't comment on this here, but I also have a
> cat who
> is 16 years old and has the beginnings of CRF, so I joined
> the CRF
> group, but I only stayed there about a week.  It tore
> my guts out to
> read about the horrendous things so many of the members
> were putting
> their very old, (16 to 19 years old) termininally ill cats
> through....
> They described how the cats no longer came to them for
> love, as they
> knew they'd be poked and prodded!   It
> seemed everyone in the group
> was determined to keep their cats alive no matter what they
> put them
> through. I couldn't stand reading about it, so I dropped
> out. The
> members of this FelV group seem to have a more realistic
> attitude.
> We will all die someday, and keeping people or animals
> alive on
> tubes and needles is not the way I want to leave this
> earth!
> Lorrie
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