Thanks for the kind welcome, Natalie!

It really was a joy to watch my feisty old terrier become such friends with a 
young cat. For whatever reason, they just clicked. I am glad it happened, 
because I think that Avis needs us. 

So are you doing anything special for your FeLV+ cats? Diet, supplements? How 
about stuff to avoid? Any insight is much appreciated.


From: Natalie <>
Sent: Thu, September 30, 2010 2:24:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+ 
w/nonregenerative anemia

That's so wonderful, Kris - now you know that your dog is really open to
another animal buddy!
I'm sure you'll get great advice from others....I am also fairly new to this
group and have two very healthy FeLV+ adult male cats.  I just wanted to
tell you that I am currently socializing two 3-month old kittens, they are
extremely well-adjusted.  Our small dog, a Shnorky (Schnauzer/Yorky) and the
male kitten absolutely love each other.  They chase each other, roll around,
chewing one another, playing hide and seek, pouncing out from behind the
hiding places, etc...and the female doesn't mind any of that craziness,
either!  None of the adult cats mind our dog, they were here first.  But I
am seriously considering not finding a home for Tobey because Cookie and he
are such great friends! Natalie

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Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:40 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Trying to do the right thing for Avis who is FeLV+
w/nonregenerative anemia

I am so grateful to find this group. Please help me with your  collective 
experience & wisdom on this horrible disease. 

I don't have many specifics about Avis' history, but I gather that he  was a

stray in bad shape when he was rescued, then bounced around  before settling
a dorm room with a college student friend of my  daughter. Avis is currently

about 21 months old. 

In May, I agreed to keep him for the summer. The original plan was that  he 
would live in my good-sized, many-windowed basement safely separated  from
my 9 year old border terrier who has never shared his home  with another
Avis would return to his college student when  school started after labor

I absolutely did not expect the silly dog & cat to become best friends in a

week, playing together all over the house. Max wasn't the only one who
became fond of Avis, so I offered to keep him through  the school year to
cooping him up in a dorm room. 

Avis came to us with a diagnosis of Feline Herpes & a third eyelid
raised about halfway on one eye. A few days ago, I took him  to a vet 
ophthalmologist for a minor procedure to improve his vision. A  complete
workup was done as prep to general anesthesia. It showed  anemia, 
nonregenerative. WBC, Neutrophils & LYM were also very low normal. 

The eye procedure was postponed. I rushed Avis to my vet for a FeLV/FIV
Positive for FeLV, which was heartbreaking, but not really a surprise. 

Avis feels just fine right now.  But because he already has blood
there is obviously no way to predict how long he will continue to feel good.
vet says she is willing to try any reasonable option to give  him a chance
at as 
much good quality life as possible. 

So I am now researching LTCI, Interferon, ImmunoRegulin,  Staph Protein A --

all  the treatments I'm sure have been thoroughly  discussed on this forum 
before. Any consensus about what is most safe &  effective? Because there do
seem to be any definitive clinical trials  or studies to go by. 

I will likely take care of Avis for the time he has left -- this is too
for a busy, stressed out college student to handle.  Any  suggestions to
Avis as strong and comfortable and happy as possible  for as long as
will be very, very much appreciated. 

Thank you! 

Kris B. 

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