Hi,
It's so sad to hear about all your symptomatic FeLV+ cats and kittens.
Years ago, I had a FeLV+ kitten that was on interferon, but suddenly got
seizures and died at the vet before it was 3 months old.  My two, Mr. Tux
and Eliot Spitty, are perfectly healthy asymptomatic cats. Other than
providing good nutrition, a stressless life, TLC, and CoQ10, I'm not doing
anything else - should I be doing more?? Natalie

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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
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Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2010 6:42 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Kris-Avis ...me n Murphy and some random thoughts

Alice,

It's a rainy, melancholy Sunday where I am too. But what a lucky day it was
two 
years ago when that litter of feral kittens ended up with you. And Murphy is
now 
exactly where he needs to be. I feel so bad about your little ones who have 
passed, but Murphy and Rosie obviously wake up each day happy and loved and
safe 
and warm.

I do understand that there is no cure for this horrible disease. But LTCI
and 
Interferon really might help give our little buddies a chance at as much
quality 
time as possible. Hope is a good thing, and it sure is helping me right now.

As I add up everything I'm committing to, I also realize that it is going to
get 
expensive. Thank goodness I'm only caring for Avis, and not multiple special

needs kitties like you and Sharyl and so many other angels on this forum.

I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your time and generosity in sharing
your 
experiences and stories about your wonderful companions. And the FeLV talk 
archives are a priceless resource for someone who's sole knowledge about
FeLV 
was "umm, right, there's something called Feline Leukemia that cats can get
and 
it's not so good when they do."

Will keep you posted about Avis,
Kris




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From: Alice Flowers <aliceflow...@sbcglobal.net>
To: "felvtalk@felineleukemia.org" <felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
Sent: Sun, October 3, 2010 3:44:59 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Kris-Avis ...me n Murphy and some random thoughts

Kris-just looking back over the past 2 years with the 6 kitties, as a total 
amateur on FeLV, here are some of my random thoughts.  Interferon-Good-I am
glad 

to be giving it-not a cure, but it may keep the virus somewhat at bay.
LTCI-it 
gave me alot of hope, and still does-but for cats like mine who are infected

from a very young age or in utero, I feel it helps them develop a stronger 
immune system than they would normally have. They seemed to not get URIs
after 
we began the LTCI.  My only experience is with the one litter of 5 feral
kitties 

and Murphy, a sweetie who ended up in the same colony-either a throw away,
or 
lost. There are people here that have so much more knowledge and have helped

lots of rescued kitties with FeLV-probably not giving all the stuff, but
that's 
fine-It's very expensive and I don't think it's really a cure anyway. But
they 
are giving the cats a chance to live and be cared for, maybe for the first
time 
ever-they were probably going to be euthanized quickly at the shelters. They
are 

giving them a loving touch, maybe a sunny window to snooze in. I could not
do 
rescue-Bless all those that do. I have tunnel vision when it comes to my
babies. 

I look at Murphy and know we are on borrowed time now-he's only 2 1/2 (I
didn't 
count on my fingers the other day and typed 1 1/2-LOL) but as long as he is 
comfortable and happy go lucky, we continue the little battles. He waits in
the 
kitchen for his meds morning and night-takes less than a minute for the 
Interferon and the 3 capsules. He eats like a horse most days. He is Rosie's

only companion now since her 4 brothers passed. She will be running around
the 
house in the middle of the night, wailing when he passes, looking for him
like 
she did for her brothers. That makes me really sad, plus he is my little
shadow 
when I'm not at work.  I guess it's a melancholy Sunday for this old
lady-LOL
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