Thanks, Sheryl. Powder definitely sounds easier to dose than capsules.

I will also talk to the vet about l-Lysine because Avis does have herpes. It 
damaged his 3rd eyelid which was why we were at the vet ophthalmologist and got 
the fateful blood test.

TWO feral cat colonies?! Wow. That is sad to think about. So many throwaway 
cats. Or are most of them born feral?

From: Sharyl <>
Sent: Sun, October 3, 2010 4:24:59 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Avis treatment plan (BIG thanks to Alice, Sharyl & 

Sounds like a good plan.  The diff. between Pet-Tinic and NutriVed is the 
NutriVed contains folic acid.  On the 'how bad do they taste' scale NutriVed 
taste a little worse.  If you go with Pet-Tinic you can always added folic 
acid.  I prefer either powdered supplements or those in a capsule.  Easier to 
mix in food or water than grinding up a tablet.

Something we haven't talked about in a while is L-lysine.  It is available as a 
powder on line.  I buy it by the lb and add it to the water for my house 
and the 2 groups of ferals I feed.  Seem to help keep herpes infections at bay 
which most rescues have.  I also add it to the canned food I put out for the 
feral colonies.  Figure they need all the help they can get.  

Hugs to Avis

--- On Sun, 10/3/10, <> wrote:

> From: <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Avis treatment plan (BIG thanks to Alice, Sharyl & 
> To:
> Date: Sunday, October 3, 2010, 2:24 PM
> After pondering the excellent advice
> of Alice, Sharyl and Natalie, and scouring 
> the FeLV archives, I think I've come up with a reasonable
> treatment plan to 
> propose to my wonderful, open & supportive vet. Any
> comments would be much 
> appreciated.
> Recap: Avis is an approx 21 month old neutered male,
> rescued from an Avis 
> parking lot when he was about 9 months, bounced around for
> about 8 months, 
> living with us the last 4 months.  A 9/27 CBC prior to
> a minor eye procedure 
> requiring general anesthesia revealed non-regenerative
> anemia: HCT at 21%, RBC 
> at 4.37, Retic < 1%.  The subsequent 9/28 FeLV/FIV
> test was positive.  Beyond 
> somewhat pale gums and a little lower energy compared to
> other young cats (no 
> wild acrobatics for Avis!) he is physically fine right now.
> 11 lbs & eats  like 
> a champ, uses litterbox regularly, keeps his glossy soft
> coat perfectly groomed, 
> chases Max the Dog all over the house, spends hours
> twitching his tail at the 
> squirrels on the other side of the window.
> Treatment Plan:
> 1. Diet - continue with daily 5.5 oz can of Wellness Wet
> Food and a 1/3 cup of 
> California Naturals Chicken & Brown Rice dry food.
> After 4 months of trying to 
> wean Avis off his dry food addiction, this is the balance
> we've mutually agreed 
> to! He eats it all up and hits the water bowl pretty good
> once or twice a day.
> 2. Treats - about 8 pieces of Greenies baked dry cat treats
> each day, he LOVES 
> them and they do seem to have some vitamins added. 
> 3. Supplements - either Pet-tinic or NutriVed. Still
> researching.
> 4. Immediately start LTCI injections. Given that results
> from only a few formal 
> studies are currently available, I view the LTCI regime as
> sort of an unofficial 
> phase II clinical trial. But given Avis' prognosis, it
> is  definitely worth 
> trying. 
> 5. Immediately start on 2x daily Interferon Alpha (unless
> there is some way I 
> can get Interferon Omega from Europe). Anecdotally, this
> seems to help some 
> cats, and has been safely given to FeLV+ cats for several
> years. Again, well 
> worth trying.
> 6. Keep the big guns like Epogen & Prednilosone in
> reserve for when the HCT goes 
> below 20% or he starts to feel weak and lose appetite.
> 7. Stable, stress free environment and lots of love.
> That's it! Thoughts from the FeLV community?
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