There is no way to tell is he has FeLV without a blood test.Was the 11 year old
cat tested for FeLV? Just wondering how he would have gotten it if his previous
test were negative, though it can take 3 months for the bloodwork to show a
Prednisone depresses the immune system & should only be used in conjunction
with a specific medical diagnosis.
Are his gums pink? He may be suffering from anemia. Is the stomatitis so bad he
cannot eat? Was the Pred given to him for the Stomatitis?
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From: "danbin...@netzero.com" <danbin...@netzero.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:50 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] new member
Boy, am I glad to find this website and group.
I think my kitty, Buster (15 yo, neutered male), has FeLV.
He stopped eating about 2 1/2 years ago. I took him to the vet who was unable
to diagnose what was wrong with Buster, even after several visits. I was
unable to get an ultrasound, which she said was the next step. She decided,
with the information that she had, that Buster had cholangiohepatitis.
Vet put him on 5 mg prednisolone and Cyroheptadine (appetite stimulant)
After trying to wean him off, unsuccessfully, he had been on these drugs for 2
Yesterday, I was speaking to a (different) vet on the phone, and when I
described Buster she said she thought FeLV. She said if he had a liver
disease, I would see jaundice. Buster does have a number of clinical signs:
little appetite, slow but extreme weight loss, minor stomatitis, poor coat,
occasional eye problems. No fever, no wounds, no diarrhea.
In 2009, Buster's last blood test (which was fine), he had the ELISA test which
I forgot to mention that Buster did not get sick until I brought an 11 year old
rescue into the home. All of my cats (3) are indoor only
I guess my question, after this very long explanation (sorry), is are there any
cats being treated only with prednisolone? I am not able to take Buster to the
vet due to a number of reasons. After almost 3 years, he has taken a big turn
for the worse. Usually, rebounds (with syringe feeding), but I don't think so,
Thank you so much
debbie & buster
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