Hi Tracy,

Thanks for writing.  Sorry to hear about your cat.  I certainly understand you 
being bummed out.  I don't think I could be more bummed out over all this.  Any 
info is helpful to me at this point and I'm very grateful to be part of this 
list.  Please keep me posted on what you find out about the FIP.  

I did come across FIP in my research on what could be causing Wolfie's leg 
problems.  He has seen multiple vets so I guess I just assumed somebody would 
have picked up on that if he was showing any symptoms.  I'll definitely bring 
it up though.  I'm waiting to hear back from Cornell to see if I should take 
him there again.


--- On Fri, 7/23/10, Tracy Weese <trwe...@earthlink.net> wrote:

> From: Tracy Weese <trwe...@earthlink.net>
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:40 PM
> I remember when you posted initially
> -- I responded that I, too, had a cat that began
> experiencing rear leg weakness and then some head
> tremors.  Her blood work (a reg health screen) was
> great (but for FeLV) so they sent her home and said watch
> her and see if it gets better, worse, etc.  Well, it
> never got better so I took her in for xrays and the vet then
> said that toxoplasmosis was a possiblity and one other thing
> (crypto....??) and so we ran specific tests for that -- the
> xrays showed no tumors or lesions.
> The test results said NO toxo or "crypto", but it did show
> corona virus and so now folks are thinking FIP (dry). 
> They are running a blood serum test now and then once I have
> those results will decide whether there is any need to
> explore further.
> My vet thinks it really must be FIP bec. of the FeLV status
> and the neuro symptoms and the fact that the xrays were good
> and the other blood tests were negative -- even though it is
> sometimes hard to diagnoses FIP.  So, I am really
> bummed out and don't mean to bum you out, but did not know
> if you explored this or not.  Right now my cat is
> eating well but still has that rear leg weakness and some
> head tremors -- although they "seem" a little less (this
> could be wishful thinking on my part).  When she came
> home from the xrays and while we were waiting on the toxo
> results, the vet started her on clindamyacin which I
> finished giving her this week.
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com>
> >Sent: Jul 23, 2010 5:23 PM
> >To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> >Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
> >
> >Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems,
> and 
> >they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing
> stairs or
> >trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what
> he thinks
> >he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him,
> and 
> >this is always bad for FelV cats.
> >
> >Lorrie
> > 
> >
> >On 07-23, Amy wrote:
> >
> >> Wondering if people would offer an opinion. 
> My cat, Wolfie, has
> >> rear leg weakness that is getting progressively
> worse.  He's been
> >> seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get
> any better.  I'm
> >> guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best
> of him.
> >> 
> >> Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let
> him do.  Initially
> >>  my vet said not to restrict him, that
> letting him use the muscles
> >>  was good for them.  He is now starting
> to stumble or sit more
> >>  often.  He doesn't totally fall over or
> anything, just gets a bit
> >>  wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
> linoleum, he has much less
> >>  control of his legs.  He is still
> jumping up and down on my bed,
> >>  eating, purring, laying on my chest, going
> up and down stairs,
> >>  etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and
> him doing the stairs makes
> >>  me so nervous.  On the other hand, I
> don't want to restrict him
> >>  out of fear.  I talked to the
> receptionist at the vet and she said
> >>  if it was her cat, the stairs would be off
> limits.  This will be
> >>  so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very
> shy one that hides in
> >>  the basement and only comes out when my son
> is sleeping.  I would
> >>  have to force her to stay in the basement or
> out of the basement
> >>  (as opposed to having access to the cat door
> in the basement
> >>  door).  The last thing I want is to see
> Wolfie get hurt but I
> >>  can't seem to think that if he gets to a
> point where he can't do
> >>  the stairs, he will stop doing them. 
> Is that foolish?  He is such
> >>  an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know
> he will not be
> >>  pleased if I restrict him in any fashion.
> >> 
> >> Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He
> has food, water, and
> >> litter on all floors.  He just chooses to.
> >> 
> >> Thoughts?
> >> 
> >> Thanks
> >> Amy
> >
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