Renee, for the trip to the vet, try Feliway spray. use it in carrier and car. most vets have it or a petstore. most of the time it works for me. And then, there is always the one who says No all the way to the vet. You could also use Rescue Remedy, an herbal product for same thing. Most important for his health, give him lots of love, good food and keep his stress levels down as much as possible. It is good that you have started him on Lysine, that will boost his immune system. Even tho he tested positive for felv, don't give up on him.
---- "Renée Phipps" <littlephi...@hotmail.com> wrote: > > > Hi everyone, > > My name is Renee and I am an Aussie who has recently married a US citizen and > relocated to Iowa. I have had cats my entire life and the only time I cried > leaving Oz was saying goodbye to my "little brother" cat Milo who is 14 years > old and lives with my parents. So obviously one of the first things I did > when arriving here in the US was adopt 2 kittens from the local animal > shelter, Cliff (at the time approx 8 weeks) and his cage mate at the shelter, > Sasha (approx 10 weeks). > > Both seemed to be in good health when we took them home from the shelter, > however there had been a kitty cold going around and Cliff started to show > symptoms a few days after arriving home - violent sneezes, coughing, flying > snot etc. He had one especially bad night where the poor little thing could > barely breath and was only happy when he was being held in my arms. I stayed > up all night with him afraid that he wouldn't make it through the > night............the next morning (it was a Sunday) I took him to an > emergency vet clinic at the local vet med school and he was diagnosed as > having an upper respiratory infection and also feline herpes virus. He spent > the night at the vet's on a drip to help re-hydrate him and came home the > next day on a course of antibiotics (Clavamox) and it took him a few weeks to > finally kick off all the sneezing and coughing. (Meanwhile his "sister" Sasha > just suffered from a few sneezes and that was all.........possibly she fought > it off since she was a little bit older then Cliff). > > A few weeks later I took both kitties back to the vet to get their 2nd lot of > shots and to get tested for FELV and FIV and Cliffy's ELISA test came back as > positive for FELV :-( Sasha however was thankfully negative..............the > vet and vet students were soooo lovely and so upset as well considering they > had basically fallen in love with these 2 extremely social kittens over the > past hour. There was no way we were going to do anything other than give > Cliff the best life possible so for the next month we kept the kittens in > separate living areas (very difficult in a small 2 bedroom apartment!) and > had Sasha retested for FELV and she was still negative so we the vet's > started her on her FELV vaccinations...........it was sooooooo sad keeping > them apart for so long, they are truly BFF's and missed each other alot, they > would sit on either side of our bedroom door and sniff and cry for each other > :-( > > We haven't started Cliffy on any special med's as we really can't afford it > right now but to help keep his immune system boosted he gets Vetri-Science > Lysine tablets twice daily, as well as PetGuard Yeast & Garlic Powder mixed > into his breakfast each morning. To keep his mouth healthy he gets a CET > dental treat each day and I also try to clean his teeth at least once a week. > (Sasha gets all this as well, I figure I may as well keep her as healthy as > possible as well). He seemed to be absolutely thriving......every vet visit > he is putting on weight (he is currently 6 months and about 5.5 pounds), he > is so playful and loving, LOVES his food so much he tends to get annoying > always screaming for food! > > A few weeks ago we took the kitties in to get > spayed/neutered.......unfortunately we had to put it off for a week as the > vet's could hear a slight infection in Cliff's lungs and given his health > history wanted to have it cleared up before putting him through surgery. > During this time he also developed several viral plaques on his upper and > lower lips apparently due to his herpes virus, so he was sent home on > Clavamox again. He did begin to develop diarrhea so the vet suggest lowering > his dose from 1ml twice daily to 0.5 ml, which did seem to help a little. > > We took the kitties back in a week later to get fixed and Cliff recovered > brilliantly.......didn't seem to have any problems at all! However in the > last few days he has been suffering from extremly watery stool and last night > I watched him do his business twice and both times it had a significant > amount of red blood in it :-( Is this something that is directly related to > his FELV status or something else like parasited? He is acting normally in > every other way, is never off his food and I have been adding water to his > food to make sure his water intake is ok due to the water loss from the > diarrhea. > > The only reason I am reluctant to take him straight in to the vet is that the > last time we brought him home from the vet he was so stressed out and scared > he wet himself while in his pet taxi and was generally just freaking out, it > was so sad :-( I don't want to upset my little man or stress him out but then > I don't want to leave this too long and risk his health either...........is > this something I should be really concerned about???? > > Thanks for listening! > Renee, Cliff & Sasha > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > _________________________________________________________________ > Looking for a date? 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