Welcome to the group Holly.  You'll learn some very valuable things
here. I do rescue work and have 15 rescued cats at home plus more in
my cageless shelter in town.  Some of the cats in my shelter are FelV
positive, but seem to be doing well in spite of it.  FelV supresses
the cat's immune system and it's important to catch any illnesses
right away and treat them. This is what I do, but I've never used
heroic measure such as blood transfusions or Interferon. However many
of the others in this group have.


On 12-29, Holly Shelton wrote:
>    Hi there. I just wanted to take a moment and introduce myself.  I am a
>    huge  cat  lover.  I volunteer at an animal sanctuary and take care of
>    the  cats  there  as well.  I have extensive knowledge of diabetes and
>    CRF, but leukemia is new to me.
>    About  a  month  ago, I noticed that my 4 year old Siamese mix,
>    Daisy, was feeling a bit "off" so we ran some blood work and she
>    came back severely anemic. I rushed her into the ER, where she
>    stayed for three days and had two blood transfusions and put on
>    various types of meds.

>     Unfortunately,  her  body  just gave out and my cat sitter, who
>    works with my vet, called me when I was out of town with my dad
>    in the hospital, and said that they thought it was Daisy's time. 
>    We believe that she had leukemia.  She was vaccinated, but
>    perhaps it was dormant until recently. (Dad's ok). I have three
>    other cats of my own and had them tested and subsequently
>    vaccinated.  My 6 year old Siamese, Oliver, tested positive
>    after having the ELISA and IFA tests.  I want to see what I can
>    do to help give him a good quality of life.  I am checking out
>    this website and look forward to gaining the knowledge I need
>    to.  My vet and I were talking about interferon, omega fatty
>    3's, pet-tinic, etc.  He is used to me doing my own research as
>    I reversed the CRF and diabetes with an older cat who passed of
>    liver failure, mainly by seeing what "real people" did to help
>    their cats. I also have three foster cats, who live in their own
>    room, and they tested negative and were also vaccinated. I look
>    forward to hearing everyone's thoughts, and of course, pouring
>    over the website. Thanks, Holl

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