Mr. Tux came with the name - I found him in NJ for Eliot Spitty because he
was very lonely for 2 years - they became friends almost overnight.  I'm in

Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University
Coenzyme Q10 is required for mitochondrial ATP synthesis and functions as an
... Oral supplementation of coenzyme Q10 increases plasma, lipoprotein, and
blood ...

As you know, FIV/FeLV cats' gums and teeth must be watched carefully....this
helps a lot plus it's great for so many other things.  I also give it to a
heart patient cat.  The easiest form to give is GNC's Vegetarian formula
because it comes in capsules in powder form - just open and sprinkle into
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Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2010 9:08 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Kris-Avis n Murphy and some random thoughts

Okay, Mr. Tux is a great name but Eliot Spitty is just plain awesome!

Avis is in a very different place than your two wonderfully healthy and 
asymptomatic cats. My vet flat out told me that his CBC numbers were not
and needed to be monitored carefully, and that his prognosis depends on how
they stay stable and/or how fast they go down. She is willing to pursue any 
reasonable treatment that might help keep those RBCs, HCTs & Retics up,
which is 
why I've been all over this forum the last five days. Stories like Murphy's,
keeps on bouncing back, give me hope.

First I've heard of CoQ10. Is that a vitamin supplement?

From: Natalie <>
Sent: Sun, October 3, 2010 8:05:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Kris-Avis n Murphy and some random thoughts

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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Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2010 6:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Kris-Avis n Murphy and some random thoughts


It's a rainy, melancholy Sunday where I am too. But what a lucky day it was
years ago when that litter of feral kittens ended up with you. And Murphy is
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
and warm.

I do understand that there is no cure for this horrible disease. But LTCI
Interferon really might help give our little buddies a chance at as much
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
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
experiences and stories about your wonderful companions. And the FeLV talk 
archives are a priceless resource for someone who's sole knowledge about
was "umm, right, there's something called Feline Leukemia that cats can get
it's not so good when they do."

Will keep you posted about Avis,

From: Alice Flowers <>
To: "" <>
Sent: Sun, October 3, 2010 3:44:59 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Kris-Avis 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

to be giving it-not a cure, but it may keep the virus somewhat at bay.
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
we began the LTCI.  My only experience is with the one litter of 5 feral

and Murphy, a sweetie who ended up in the same colony-either a throw away,
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
fine-It's very expensive and I don't think it's really a cure anyway. But
are giving the cats a chance to live and be cared for, maybe for the first
ever-they were probably going to be euthanized quickly at the shelters. They

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

I look at Murphy and know we are on borrowed time now-he's only 2 1/2 (I
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
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
house in the middle of the night, wailing when he passes, looking for him
she did for her brothers. That makes me really sad, plus he is my little
when I'm not at work.  I guess it's a melancholy Sunday for this old
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