Well his IFA was negative.  I need to talk to the vet but I guess we can
(perhaps) discount him being actively viremic.  Anyone have any suggestions?
Thanks.
Don and Oliver

On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM, Don <mosquito.d...@gmail.com> 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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