His BUN and Crea are normal.  His HCT has dropped from about 30% to 28%
since July. Otherwise everything else is normal.


On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM, GRAS <g...@optonline.net> wrote:

> How are Oliver's kidney values?
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
> [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lorrie
> Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2012 9:58 AM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Need advice for our cat Oliver
>
> Don, It is amazing that Oliver has lived to be 15 with a FelV+ status. Most
> of my FelV+ cats either die of anemia or they lose the use of their back
> legs due to tumors on the spine.  If Oliver has made it this long I'd just
> keep him happy and and give him plenty of TLC.  15 is about the end of life
> for most cats anyway, and the fact that he lived this long is proof you are
> taking excellent care of him.
>
> As for your other two cats.  At 14 and 16, they are also reaching the end
> of
> their lives, and I think they will be fine if they haven't gotten the virus
> so far. Just keep all three of them happy and stress free.  This really
> helps, and I have found heroic measures don't help, they only prolong the
> inevitable..... pain and stress for the time the cat has left as well as
> well as emotional and financial hell for youself.
>
> Lorrie
>
>
> On 09-08, Don wrote:
> >    Hello.
> >    Our boy Oliver, has been doing well since his brothers passing due to
> >    CRF last Feb but in the past year or so we have seen some signs that
> we
> >    had been reading as old age (less grooming, weight loss...he just
> >    turned 15 this August). Thursday night he was acting lethargic and
> >    seemed to be warm to the touch. I dropped him off at our vet who
> >    suggest it might just be a virus (most of this blood panel was good,
> >    except a low white blood cell count, now 2% below normal HCT values
> >    since July, and a 105 F temperature). He suggested we might test him
> >    for leukemia and FIV as he wanted to rule it out even though Oliver
> has
> >    always been an indoor cat (he used a ELISA snap test...as far as we
> >    know he has never been tested for feLV or FIV). The bad news came
> later
> >    when he called to say he was positive for both. He said the FIV could
> >    be false if Oliver was every given an FIV vaccination (he has), but
> the
> >    other was likely true (and also explained the low white count and the
> >    fever, and now in retrospect some of the other issues). The vet thinks
> >    he may have had this all his life and is just now experiencing the
> >    symptoms. So now he is home and although I have read up some and don't
> >    see much hope, I wondered if anyone can offer any advice. We have sent
> >    the blood off to get the more sophisticated test but won't hear back
> >    until next week.
> >    Our vet, who is the best I have had, suggested perhaps he will last a
> >    few weeks or months, given that he is showing signs that his body
> might
> >    be losing the battle (low white cells, anemia). I'm trying to be
> >    optimistic, but with no treatments I know this is probably a battle we
> >    cannot win.
> >    Here are my questions:
> >    1. We have 2 other cats who we think have had the feLV booster
> recently
> >    (they are 14 and 16 years old and got the immunization as kittens).
> >    Are they in danger? If they got shots as kittens would they be still
> >    safe?  We have Oliver with his own litter box and am making sure they
> >    use separate water and food bowls.  There is not grooming among them.
> >    2.  Is there anyway to know if Oliver can still fight off the virus
> and
> >    become free of it?  If he did have it for 14-15 years, then why does
> he
> >    have symptoms now?  If it was a recent exposure (we cannot think of
> any
> >    way he would have gotten it) then could he still be fine?
> >    3.  He seems fine now (no fever, eating, drinking, using the litter
> >    box, etc.) so is this a good sign that perhaps he is able to fight it
> >    off or is this just a false hope.
> >    4.  If the other test is positive, would anyone suggest using the LTCI
> >    treatment?  I have not found good scientific info on it's
> effectiveness
> >    although there appear to be no major side effects.
> >    Thanks.
> >    Don and Oliver
>
>
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