Have you thought about making her some chicken soup? Needless to say, nothing canned but a few pieces of chicken stewed/crockpoted (my favorite for Copper and Thomas) with maybe a little extra salt to make her thirsty?
On Nov 15, 2009, at 6:33 PM, TANYA NOE wrote:

Thanks, Maggie is to get the interferon 7 days on and 7 days off. She is on her 3rd day off. I have gotten her to eat some today but she still hasn't had anything to drink. I have given her wet food off and on all day as opposed to her dry. Wet is usually a small amount daily but I figured it has more moisture in it so... I checked out her paw this am. No sores I can see, no swollen spots, no hot areas, though she did seem tender where her toes attach. I'm torn. Don't want her to get dehydrated. Last time she was sick we almost lost her and I am nowhere near ready for that. I know we decided her quality was more important than her quantity but she is still my baby and I love her.
Anyway thanks again.
--- On Sun, 11/15/09, jbero tds.net <jb...@tds.net> wrote:

From: jbero tds.net <jb...@tds.net>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 6:22 PM
Hello Tanya,
I can't blaim you for being nervous about odd behavior in a
felv cat.
Interferon can cause side effects in humans that can
actually lead to
cessation of treatment, they can include gastrointestinal
depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, and flu like
symptoms.  These
are usually more mild in cats.  Interferon is
sometimes given three days on
and three days off which can help with these side effects.

The felv cat that I treatment with interferon has very mild
change in
appetite and energy on the days she gets the medication.

With the limp, I would be concerned about infection.
Inspect the paw to see
if there are any swollen areas, red areas, hot areas or
extremely sensitive
areas.  If so there is likely are infection.
Usually these are fairly easly
to treat with irrigation of the area and then
antibiotics.  Would need to
see the vet for irrigation.

Good luck,


On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM, TANYA NOE <sashacatgodd...@yahoo.com>wrote:

     Hello all, my Maggie now 1
year 5 months old has been Felv+ since
birth. She is the kitten we adopted after testing her
for everything under
the sun to protect our 13 year old Sasha. She later
became symptomatic
(gingivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes)
and was retested and
was positive. Anyway we kept her and her symptoms
resolved except for the
swollen lymph nodes. She has also tested positive on
the IFA.
     Early spring she had an
episode where she began hiding for a couple
days, quit eating, and then began abdominal breathing.
Turned out the
pleural sacs around her lungs were full of fluid. She
was given lasix and in
a day was herself. Since then she has been a
relatively healthy, happy
     3 weeks ago I took her and her
sister in for vaccines, exams, and blood
work. They had a hard time getting blood from her
(couldn't hit the vein)
and she got quite stressed. The blood work was perfect
and she seemed fine
after we got home. We started her on Interferon a week
ago. Now suddenly the
last week she has been sleeping all the time under
blankets (she doesn't
like being covered up), not eating much (very odd for
her as she is a food
hound and will eat constantly if you let her), and not
drinking much (she
usually drinks and bathes in the pet fountain several
times a day). Her temp
is normal. Thursday we noticed she now is holding up
her left front paw. She
walks on it and the limp is mild.
     Any ideas? Has anyone seen any
sides effects with interferon? Would it
make her feel bad? I'm hesitant to run her to the
Dr's. and create further
stress but am really worried about her. These guys go
downhill so fast
sometimes I don't want to wait either. Any advice
would be appreciated.

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