Kristen, I was saddened for your losses but so understand the joy you found 
with these babies.  My FeLV babies have been the most loving kitties.  Like you 
I treasured every day we had together.

They were fortunate to have found a loving and caring home.  And you were 
fortunate to have had their love and devotion.

--- On Wed, 10/6/10, Kristen Stathis <> wrote:

> From: Kristen Stathis <>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] remembering my babies!
> To:
> Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:46 PM
> 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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