That's a huge relief. Not sure where I'd read the steroids thing, but my heart sunk seeing it, so I couldn't be more pleased to hear that's not the case.
I'll definitely re-test Kaya, but I was also wondering, is there any chance the other kittens could've had a false neg? Like perhaps I tested them too soon after exposure? On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM, Lee Evans <moonsiste...@yahoo.com> wrote: > Kaya should be treated like a kitten who got sick. Kittens do this > regularly and because their immune systems are not as fully developed as a > cat's is, they tend to go downhill fast if not given extra food, meds, > etc.. Do NOT put this cat on steroids. It will compromise her immune > system even more and ruin her kidney function. Most of my FeLv cats were > healthy until a week or two before the disease zapped them. Most of the > kittens threw off both FeLv and FIV. Several adult cats with FeLv tested > negative after 90 days. It's not a death sentence and it's not something > you need to treat with meds for the rest of their lives. > > > Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty > neighbors too! > > > ------------------------------ > *From:* Forgotten Felines <toledoc...@gmail.com> > *To:* email@example.com > *Sent:* Wednesday, August 22, 2012 12:47 PM > *Subject:* [Felvtalk] Sick FeLV+ Kitten > > One of the 3 kittens I recently rescued tested positive for FeLV on the > snap test. Although we're going to run the advanced test in about a month, > Kaya gets sick very easily and loses several ounces when she does. Kaya is > almost 5 months old now, 3 lbs 2 oz, and we've had her for nearly 2 months. > At the time, we were told the kittens were related and tested a different > one. They all have herpesvirus, which after being passed around we chose to > isolate them separately. When Kaya became deathly sick the second time, our > vet wanted to test her. Realizing none were related, we also retested the > other two who came back negative. This is my first experience with FeLV and > I have so many questions that seem to get conflicting answers. > > First, how do I care for a FeLV+ kitten/cat? She's recovering quickly with > a mix of Natural Balance kibble and high cal/high stink (A/D prescription) > wet food, with added cat-appropriate vitamin C and Viralys (lysine) and > Nutri-Cal, but is there anything else I should be giving her while she's > sick? Or when she's healthy again? > > Will she need to be on steroids or other medications for the rest of her > life, or can this be managed holistically? > > Once the other kittens are healthy enough for vaccines, could I start them > on the FeLV vac and let them have supervised visits? They were together for > 2-3 months pre-testing and never got it, and are therefore missing each > other quite a bit! And if all the cats and kittens in the house are UTD, > does Kaya really need to be quarantined until she finds her forever home? > (3 adults and 4 kittens, including her.) > > Thanks, > Jill > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > > > > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org > >
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