Kat (by the way, such a great name for you !!). I know it's so heartbreaking and you did your best. These babies need to be cared for and feel loved. That's what you did. Don't beat yourself up.
L ----- Original Message ----- From: Kat Parker To: Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:03 AM Subject: [Felvtalk] i hate this disease! I never set out wanting to fall in love with an FeLV+ cat. I have been a cat rescuer for about 7 years, now. I've worked indie and with several 501c3's in San Diego. i especially like bottle babies and socializing feral kits, and did this a lot for one group here, until I got a litter of four wild ones, 5 weeks old, where 3/4 tested pos for FeLV. On 2nd snap 2/3 of those had cleared it and only my Awesome Opossum remained pos. The "no-kill" group I was fostering for wanted to waive the adoption fee and put her on Craigslist. I adopted her, myself, to save her, and now could not imagine life without her. She's 20 months old now, asymptomatic and seemingly healthy as can be. I know when it "happens", though, it often happens fast. I was brought two kits by a rescue I volunteered for, in March, a one day old, Angelina Jolie, and a one week old, Mimi. I made a tough decision to try adding them both to a lactating mama who had herself lost 2/3 of her babies. She welcomed both... what an odd family-with her own 3 week old kit, Kiwi. Mimi died of FeLV at 8 weeks old. Mama and Kiwi, her kit, both tested neg., Angelina Jolie was too young at the time to test. She looked and acted so healthy and vibrant until her final few days. I lost her a week ago tonight to FeLV. I held my perfect miracle in my arms and tried to comfort her and let her know it was okay to let go...of her life. ( I am bawling my eyes out right now, again.) Tested my other 2 kits around same age (unrelated)--one pos, one neg. OMG. I am again worried for Mama, Kiwi, and my other 3 (adults) here. This perfect world, such perfect angels, devastated. All 3 teenagers not incl. Kiwi, had adoptions waiting, ironically. I count my blessings my awesome Opossum is not sick. I hate this disease! ~Kat~ "I'm Kat Parker. I park cats." "Keep your kitties INSIDE, 24/7, 'cause an inside cat is a SAFE & HAPPY cat!" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://fusion2.fusionhost.com/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org
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