My 3 year old Kong was diagnosed with FeLV and nonregenerative anemia
6 months ago. The vet told me he had about 3 weeks to live and sent
him home with me to presumably die. Needless to say, he didn't die,
and today seems as happy and healthy as he was before he was
diagnosed! Don't give up--anemia isn't always a death sentence.
Kong had 3 blood transfusions while he was hospitalized, and I know
the red blood cell cycle of a cat is short, so I was worried that when
the transfusions wore off he would be right back where he started, but
so far he is holding his own. He has been taking Prednisolone for the
entire 6 months, and we are close to weaning him off of it. I guess
the real test will come when the pred is totally stopped.
I wish you the best of luck with Casper. Kong literally came back from
death's door (he couldn't walk, was hypothermic, had a heart
murmur...if I hadn't gotten him to the vet when I did, he would've
been dead within hours) and hopefully Casper will be as lucky as he was.
--Ashley and Kong
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