I agree totally with you Marcia! I like "perks", lol!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Marcia Baronda 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
  Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:06 AM
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: My 1 year old just diagnosed


  You know what?  I'm getting that way too!  It must be getting older. Ya know, 
I know this sounds really crazy, but I kind of like getting older, there ARE 
perks.

  Sent from my iPad

  On Aug 23, 2011, at 9:04 AM, Maureen Olvey <molvey...@hotmail.com> wrote:


    The older I get the less I feel the need to be tactful.  That's probably 
good and bad.  Good for me cause I don't hold things in and don't let people 
get to me as much.  Bad for them because they have to put up with me and my 
bluntness.  I am a little worse when it comes to animals though.  I'll tell 
someone off in a heartbeat.  

    “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are 
profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain



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    From: longhornf...@verizon.net
    To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
    Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 08:47:19 -0500
    Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: My 1 year old just diagnosed


    I can appreciate your last paragraph, Maureen!  You tell 'em girl! LOL!!
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Maureen Olvey 
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
      Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 12:41 AM
      Subject: [Felvtalk] FW: My 1 year old just diagnosed


      It's such a strange an unpredictable disease and it seems like the more 
vets and researchers learn the more they realize that they don't know about it. 
 But, there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel for all cats, even 
Fletch.  
       
      What have they figured out about Fletch so far?  Is his white blood cell 
count down or something?  What's causing his weight loss?  >From hearing from 
others on the list, even though he has FeLV you would treat him for his 
symptoms as though he didn't have FeLV.  What I mean by that is don't give up.  
If a vet says "oh his white blood cell count is down and there's not much that 
will help because he has FeLV" then ask him what he would do if he didn't have 
FeLV and to treat him accordingly.  Don't let a vet assume he is going to die 
everytime he gets sick.  You may need to be more aggressive with his treatment 
or whatever because of the FeLV but keep fighting.  If later on he has a tumor 
then treat him for the tumor and don't just say "let him die."  The cat may 
have a flare up of something or another and then he is fine for the rest of his 
life.
       
      Over the years I've been in rescue and in dealing with feral cats I've 
taken two or three to the vet that had an injury or something and when the vet 
tested them for FIV they were positive.  Now that's not quite as bad as FeLV 
but still the vets in every case said that the cat probably wouldn't heal from 
his injuries because of the FIV and they recommended killing them.  But in 
every case I said no that I at least wanted to give them an opportunity to heal 
before putting them down and in every single case the cat recovered.  The FIV 
cat that I have that I mentioned was that way.  He had a bad URI and the vet 
said he probably wouldn't get over it.  One round of Clavamox later and he was 
fine.  Nothing to it.  That was about two and a half years ago.  He was like 8 
years old at the time.  I remember two others that I took in that had wounds 
and the vets said it was infected and they wouldn't recover because of the FIV. 
 LIke I said, the vet was wrong in both cases and the cats are now fine.
       
      FeLV is very dangerous and you can't play with it so always keep a 
watchful eye over Fletch but it's not an automatic death sentence either.  So 
if funds permit, find out specifically what's causing Fletch's symptoms and 
treat it.
       
      And for people that think less of cat lovers - well, I won't tell you 
what I normally say to them.  Something to the effect of "I'd rather be a crazy 
cat (or animal in general) lover than a cold-hearted wretch who didn't 
appreciate God's Creations!"  Better to love too much than too little so what 
exactly is wrong with caring about an animal so much that you want to do 
whatever you can to save it's life.  If God is Love then love comes from God 
and to love is to honor God and the creation that He loves.  That's the way I 
say it nicely   ;-)     Usually after that nice speech I tell them to kiss my 
animal loving butt!


      “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that 
are profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain
       



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      From: marciabmar...@gmail.com
      To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
      Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:36:51 -0500
      Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My 1 year old just diagnosed


      Maureen
      I can't thank you enough for this email. I know i'm not out of the woods 
yet, as far as my adults go, but hoping. That seems like a miracle that your 
fiv cat didn't contract felv! It seems to me, that after hearing from all of 
you today that there can definitely be a light at the end of the tunnel. I'm so 
grateful for all of you. And I love being with people who love cats, because 
sometimes we are just as misunderstood as our feline buddies are!
      Thank you Maureen. 
      Please take care
      Marcia

      Sent from my Aug 22, 2011, at 5:25 PM, Maureen Olvey 
<molvey...@hotmail.com> wrote:


        Not too long ago I posted that I had a FeLV positive cat mixed with an 
FIV positive cat.  Obviously, I didn't know the FeLV cat was positive since she 
tested negative as a kitten.  Anyway, the two lived together for two years 
until she died and I just tested my old FIV kitty and he's negative.  I've got 
a houseful of my cats and fosters and I've only tested like 7 of them so far 
but they've all been negative.  None are vaccinated against FeLV either.  It's 
weird.  I totally expected my FIV kitty to contract it.  I'm glad he didn't of 
course.
         
        One vet I talked to said that it's possible the FeLV kitty put the 
virus into dormancy as a kitten which is why she tested negative and then it 
reactivated later as an adult.  Maybe that's what happened with Fletch.  I 
wouldn't have thought a kitten would have a strong enough immune system to put 
the virus into dormancy but who knows.  But still once it reactivated in my cat 
I would have thought she could have spread the virus to my other cats.  This 
vet also said that most vets now days believe that healthy adult cats are 
pretty much immune to the virus.  Still best to vaccinate your other cats 
annually but I'm just saying it's not surprising your others are negative.
         
        I also have a friend who mixes her negatives and positives together.  
She just keeps her negatives vaccinated annually.  She even has FIV cats mixed 
in and keeps them vaccinated too and they have never caught the FeLV virus.  
         
        Definitely get an IFA test to confirm the ELISA test.  The ELISA test 
is wrong in about 30% of the cases from what someone else told me.  It's a very 
sensitive test so if it's not done perfectly it can show a false positive.  
Course since Fletch is sick it could be correct but you should still confirm 
with the IFA test.  If the IFA test is negative then it means the virus hasn't 
gotten into his white blood cells and t-cell lymphocytes (I have no idea what 
that is, I just read it) so he still has a chance of exterminating the virus 
completely or putting it into dormancy.  So if his IFA test is negative then do 
a retest in a couple months to see if it has gotten that far or not.  You need 
two test with the same results to confirm FeLV status.
         
        If after doing the IFA, Fletch shows positive definitely look into 
immune system stimulants like interferon and immunoreglin.  I don't know much 
about them but others on the list do and your vet should know.  Need to keep 
Fletch around for a long long time.  Since he's sick right now I'd go ahead and 
get him going on this kind of stuff.
         
         
        “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that 
are profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain
         


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