thanks for your compassion, Jenny. And to all those who wrote and care about 
the well being of this beautiful baby.
Today, Whimsy was totally himself, and with a hearty appetitite, playing with 
rocks (his favorite thing to do) so it leads me to believe it was some sort of 
seizure or something besides dreaded poisoning. I have a call in to my vet.  
Hopefully we'll be able to get some definite diagnosis soon.  I've never had an 
FeLV so when I googled that and seizures, it appeared standard initially. This 
would be a lot easier if he didn't have ringworm currently, and that was one of 
the set backs in this whole saga (not too mention I started to try trapping him 
last August).  He's so special. 
thank you again to everyone who wrote and for caring for these angels.

--- On Wed, 3/31/10, jbero <> wrote:

From: jbero <>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] PS Whimsy - twitching/jerking
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 4:40 PM


I feel for your position.  There are many animals needing help and it is
overwhelming sometimes.

I must agree with the others that your best bet is to try to find help for
this little guy.  There is a large differential of diagnoses for him -
including: felv sequelae possibly an infectious or neoplastic process in the
brain causing seizure like activity; FIP; toxin ingestion; metabolic
disturbance; allergies; head injury; idiopathic seizure activity,
dermatopathologic disease; injury to paw or paw pads, etc.  Seizures - if an
underlying cause is not identified can be medically treated.  My two most
feared would be FIP and felv related.

Some of this things may be treatable.  Although his felv status imparts a
more negative prognosis, if an alternate and treatable cause is identified,
he may have a long life ahead of him.

If this is indeed related to felv he will probably stop eating and slowly
die (two to three weeks would be my guess, but this is highly
variable).   Does he still have an appetite?

In the end it is certainly your choice, but I think it would be worth trying
to identify the cause of his behavior.

Good luck on this one.


On 3/30/10, Emeraldkittee <> wrote:
> I should also mention that he seems frantic too, and runs in bursts, jumps
> on fences, but nearly falls off.  He's been running in circles in the
> yard.   He also just let out a bunch of sneezes.  I hope I didn't give him
> what my guys have, this has been a horrible time.
> I always touched him w/ gloves, tied my hair back, etc.
> Is my only option??....I was so hoping we'd have him in during the
> Summer.  He's about 1 /12 yrs old. We cannot bring him in, all the extra
> spots are quarantined and I won't be allowed and I don't own the house and I
> understand wanted to protect the others (who nearly died this week - needed
> fluids, temps over 105, and we are still closely watching our FIV/HCM boy
> and lupus/HCM boy.  This seems too cruel.  He needs me now to hold him and I
> can't.
> I assume he will go down hill quickly? I want to know he doesn't get so
> confused that he runs off and gets hurt or attacked by a coyote (we had our
> first in the yard the other day)
> Coming to grips with the fact that this is the first one I can't do
> everything for is very difficult.
> Shannon
> --- On Tue, 3/30/10, Emeraldkittee <> wrote:
> From: Emeraldkittee <>
> Subject: Whimsy - twitching/jerking
> To:
> Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 5:57 PM
> My dear Whimsy, little FeLV positive boy, is still in our yard.  You might
> recall I was trying to work on bringing him to our sunroom.  He developed a
> terrible ringworm (99% sure) which delayed that.  On the day I was to bring
> him in for a check up and treatment for ringworm (he used to be feral but
> now sits on my lap etc, but still needs sedation at vet) my indoor kitties
> had a terrible outbreak of calici, and we are still dealing with it. We have
> immune suppressed kitties inside and to protect Whimsy I had to stop
> touching him (even w/ my usual gloves).  I know it hurt his feelings but I
> still visited him.  He has been energectic, bouncy, hungry, fun,
> etc.  Tonight he showed up, won't eat, is twitching, running, then laying
> down and twitching and jerking and chewing on his toes.  He is coming up to
> all our windows and meowing (he never did that, he still was a bit
> cagey).  My boyfriend figured I got the calici from him and brought it in,
> so I
> can't interact with him.
> I keep telling him to hang in there and we'll figure it out we just need
> time.  But this twitching? And if he won't eat? Even if I suited up he's not
> a cat who can be syringe fed.  I'm not used to considering 'no options'.  Is
> this the end?
> :( Shannon
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