Hi, Julie. Sorry you lost your boy. This so sounds like my own intro to
FeLV, when a stray came to my door and yowled to get in. He was a sweet and
friendly boy, ready for affection even during the first few days, when he
had horrific mats in his fur -- he looked like he had wings, but they were
all mats. We got some of them out, and the vet finished up, but their tests
revealed FeLV. We isolated Patches in a room away from our other cats and
gave him lots of love and care, but after only 7 weeks he stopped eating.
The vet said he thought there were lymphoma tumors making swallowing
painful, so we made the decision and sent him along. We felt so bad for him,
he really wanted to join the other cats in the rest of the house and was
just such a nice boy. To this day I wish we had been able to do better by
him, but our consolation is that his last couple of months were full of
comfort and caring. 

The connection between FeLV and tumors is that the FeLV suppresses the
immune system, and leaves them open to conditions, especially like lymphoma
and cancers, that cats are naturally prone to but that a healthy cat's body
would fight off. 

Hugs to you, and gentlest of Bridge vibes to your boy. 

Diane R.

-----Original Message-----
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Julie G.
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 5:31 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Lost my FELV Stray dude

Hi I've been lurking a few weeks.  In July I picked up a stray that turned
out to be FELV+.  In his few weeks with me he gained a pound, had a cushy
bed, delicious premium canned food, and all the snuggles I had time to give
him, since he lived in the basement while I tried to figure out where he
could live (I have 4 cats).  I'd watch movies on the laptop with him on my
lap, snoozing away happily.  He always seemed a little wobbly, and his
pupils were always different sizes.  But he was relatively happy so we kept
on.  Last night his back legs didnt work.  This had happened before, my pet
sitter said, but they always came back "on" after a while.  But this morning
they still didnt work. The vet examined and confirmed that he had tumors
pressing on his spinal cord. He was in pain and his entire back end didn't
do what he wanted it too.  So the decision was made to let him go.  

He'd been living under porches on my block for at least a few months when we
finally caught him.  I'm so glad we did, I cant imagine what a frustrating,
frightening life he'd be having out on the street right now, starving, full
of tape worm, and 2 back legs that wont work.  I'm crushed that we couldnt
give him a better life, and for longer, but I'm glad we got to him when he
needed us, and filled his belly and his heart for a few weeks.  Safe and
comfy and within a foot of food at all times. :)

Anyway, I dont know anything about FELV, this was my first introduction to
so I dont exactly know how the tumors are related (cancer?)... but I wanted
to drop a line to folks who understand.  He wasnt my kitty for long, but he
was my kitty.

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