She took him to the vet.  I think it was Friday.  He just said it was because 
of the FeLV.  I don't think he recommended anything but maybe because it's a 
cat in our foster system and he didn't think we would want to spend a lot of 
money on it.  I don't know for sure.  The vet did some bloodwork and said his 
liver levels were elevated.  I think the kitty ate over the weekend but the 
last couple days he stopped.  She's been "assist" feeding him a little.  She 
was at the store in the middle of the night the other night buying him baby 
food, sardines, tuna and anything else she thought would tempt him.  She 
finally gave up and made him eat some baby food.  Oh, he drank a little kitten 
milk but didn't want it today.  I told her to mix a/d with water or chicken 
broth because that's easy to get down them.  

The other weird thing is that now his sister won't eat.  She's not yellow or 
anything but last night and today she wouldn't eat but just laid in her 
litterbox.  My friend will be taking her to the vet tomorrow.  I'll tell her 
not to give up on them yet.  I'll tell her to make sure the vet gives both of 
them sub-q fluids.  What kind of antibiotics would you suggest?

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From: "Sharyl" <>
To: "" <>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice
Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2012 10:54 pm
To build on what Natalie has written.  Jaundice is a sign of liver issues.  
Hepatic Lipidosis is cured by food.  Please tell your friend to get the kitty 
to a vet ASAP.  Time is of the essence.  She can either assist feed with a 
syringe or get an e-tube to get the calories into the kitty. It takes a real 
effort to get enought food into the kitty.  Many find it easier when using an 
e-tube.  It is not painful for the kitty.  Just makes it easier for the 
caretaker.  We say assist feed not force feed.  It is a state of mind.  You are 
assisting your cat to eat.  Please tell her to join the Feline Assisted Feeding 
group. They have 
great files and will offer lots of help.  It would be better if you friend 
joined so she could benefit directly. Sharyl
From: Natalie <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:50 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice

It may not be just jaundice, it could be hepatic lipidosis, which is very 
serious! Blood test is a must, and force feeding, fluids (sub-q), and 
antibiotics are required!I had a cat last summer that went down to 4.5 lbs, to 
the point where they wanted to insert a feeding tube through nose or surgically 
into stomach to which I said no, because I knew that I could force fed her 
small amounts all day long, and she would have been absolutely miserable with 
any of the two.  I mixed A-D with some hot water and meds, and used a syringe.  
Within 2 weeks, her values were tremendously improved and she made a complete 
recovery.  Hepatic lipidosis happens mostly to female cats. She was only about 
1 ½ - 2 yrs old. 
She is a very fussy eater, and I have finally found the one and only food that 
she will eat. BTW,  her prognosis was grim, and the vets were really surprised 
how I got her well in such a short time! The poor girl was through a lot, had a 
litter in the streets (only 2 survived), and we got her when she was already 
pregnant with second litter – too late to abort.     From: 
[] On Behalf Of Maureen Olvey
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:23 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Kitty with jaundice  A friend of mine has two FeLV + cats, 
littermates about 8 months old, and one has developed jaundice.  He has lost a 
ton of weight also.  The last couple of days he doesn't want to eat although 
he's not laying around or lethargic.  Anyone had experience with this?  
Anything that can be done or is this the end for him?


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