One of the strangest problems I face with my FeLv+ and FIV+ cats is going to 
the vet for a simple health issue.  I bring in a fat, sleek cat with a URI and 
the vet asks me, in the course of treatment "Is this one of  your FeLv+ or FIV+ 
cats?"  Well, I have to say yes because we are at the doctor's office and it's 
not good to hide medical facts from your cat's doctor, right?  And most of the 
time, even though the vet knows my opinion on cats who have these two 
disorders, the cat is viewed as different from another cat with a URI or 
diarrhea, or whatever simple issue the cat is going through and several times I 
have gotten a lecture of the This Is The Beginning Of The End type along with 
the antibiotic shot or whatever the protocol was for the actual issue.  I find 
this annoying and frightening because I feel that my special needs cats are 
being treated as hopeless and perhaps are being given less appropriate 
treatment than my regular cats.  Has
 anyone noticed this problem with their feline health care provider?  There is 
one vet who I used for 15 years until I moved 50 miles away that never did this 
and never made me feel that I was selfishly keeping a sick cat alive.  I would 
bring in my FIV+ and FeLv+ kits and he would treat them the same way he would 
treat the others.  Even when I would tell him that Wally or Sugar or whoever, 
was FIV+ or Taco was FeLv+ he would say, "Yes, I know.  I did the test, 
remember? But this is just an upper respiratory infection." and that would be 
it.  Shot given, pills prescribed, bill paid.  I wish all vets were like that.

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