Thanks Paola, I honestly thought he'd be around a year or so yet! His blood 
panel didnt show any signs of trouble so I was hopeful.  Didnt know what I was 
gonna DO with him for a year, but that's a different story ;)  (I have 4 cats 
he was living in the basement).

The tumor thing came out of no where and I wasnt expecting it.  But hey I didnt 
know what to expect!  

Amazing how a little guy can touch your heart so fast!

From: paola cresti <>
Sent: Tue, August 3, 2010 10:47:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Lost my FELV Stray dude

Hi Julie, 
I took in a stray that turned out to be FeLV+ at the same time you did (2 days 
before 4rth of July) so I really feel for you.
My little Angel is doing ok for now, but when I first took him to the vet I was 
thinking he'd be lasting a month or so as well, and the feeling was terrible 

wanted to give him the best time being as possible, not having to wonder where 
his next meal was coming from or run from other stray/feral cats in the area.
Your little Dude had a little luck in the end.

From: Julie G. <>
Sent: Tue, August 3, 2010 3:31:17 PM
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 

a better life, and for longer, but I'm glad we got to him when he needed us, 

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 

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