Hi! Just wanted to thank everyone who posts on this list. . . I've kept a low
profile for a year while I learned more than I ever wanted to know about this
awful virus. I adopted my first animals, Glinda and Georgie (also a girl), a
little over two years ago. A year in, Glinda got sick. Her HCT was at 9!!!!
And I quickly learned all about FeLV. Despite all of my efforts, she died
seven weeks later. I had been hand-feeding her multiple times a day, and
giving SubQ fluids daily to try and break her awful fever (105!). LTCI,
interferon and two blood transfusions as well. As my cats had never left my
tiny apartment and had never been in contact with any other animals, it was
pretty clear that their negative test at the (best!) shelter was a false
negative. I'm so grateful that they slipped through the cracks, though! Such
sweet dispositions-- I was lucky to know them. A few weeks ago, Georgie became
sick too (HCT down to 19.5) and had also developed lymphoma. We treated her
w/ Interferon (which she had been on a year), prednisone, LTCI, and I was
helping her eat multiple times a day. She went downhill quickly in the end.
Despite all we try and do to slow down this awful virus, it's just that, awful.
I've been told that the sweetest kitties get the worst diseases. Perhaps it
is because of the disease that all of our animals are so very special. I have
loved (and will continue to love) reading so many amazing stories on this
list-serve. This community is phenomenal, and I'm glad to have found it.
Perhaps my first first animals didn't live as long as I would have hoped, but I
know that they had the best lives they could have possibly had with me, and I'm
so grateful for every second I got to spend with them!
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