You were lucky because 9 1/2 years is a long time for a FeLV cat, especially if
he had it as a kitten. Most cats that had FeLV as a kitten don't live past 3
years. Many live less than a year. If you were giving him interferon then
maybe that was it. I have heard of some that lived about that long but not too
often if they got it as a kitten from their mom. One vet told me about one
that lived until it was 18. I kind of wonder if the vet was smoking dope cause
that's really odd.
I had one that died at 2 years old that had a mediastinal tumor. Like Prancer
she was fine then one day her breathing became labored. Before the vet and I
could even discuss what to do she died. At the time I did not know she had
FeLV because she tested negative as a kitten. They didn't see the tumor on
X-ray because of all the fluid so we did a necropsy to see where the fluid was
coming from. Sure enough the vet found this large tumor and it had actually
punctured her heart and the fluid in her chest was all blood. Then the vet got
curious and did a combo test and found the FeLV. My guess is that most likely
the tumor would have eventually ruptured Prancer's heart too so you probably
did the best thing for Prancer.
I didn't know they could treat those kinds of tumors. In my cat's case it was
too late when we found it but I'm glad to know that in case something comes up
in the future.
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----- Reply message -----
From: "Terri Brown" <siggies...@hotmail.com>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Interferon
Date: Fri, Oct 12, 2012 3:23 pm
I used interferon with Salome'. I started her on it when she was
about 3 years old, and I gave it to her as often as I could get a hold of
Salome' lived to be 9 1/2 years old, and she died from liver failure.
Hope that helps!
=^..^= Terri, Guinevere, Travis, Dori, Kimiko and 8 furangels: Ruthie,
Arielle, Gareth, Alec, Salome, Sammi and Siggie the Tomato Vampire =^..^=
----- Original Message -----
From: Lisa Conner
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 1:48
Subject: [Felvtalk] Interferon
everyone was so hung up with this politcal debate, no one saw my 2
questions on Interferon and the length of years a Felv + cat has
Ok- so, I joined
when my 9 + year old boy, Prancer became very sick..literally overnight.
He breathing was extremely labored and I rushed him to the Emergency
Vet. They said he was critical , and didnt think he was going to
make it. May be best to put him to sleep since he was Felv+ and needed
oxygen and and his gums were pale. That night they extracted 3 ½ cups of
fluid from his lungs. Thank goodness, because that saved his life.
In the morning we transferred him to our regular vet and our vet thought it
was his heart. He was right. The ultrasound showed a huge mass
tumor at the base of his heart. The vet wasnt sure how much time
Prancer had, however, he said it might be a day or week, depending on
how much fluid built up in his lung area. Within 4 days, the fluid was
back and I could not have him suffer as I lost my Dad to the the suffering of
congestive heart failure (with build up of fluid in the lungs).
So, my vet
believes that Interferon might have helped Prancer over the years, since in
all his years in practice, they have not seen a cat like Prancer, great
health for 9 ½ years, but be Felv +.
in this group used Interferon with their cats and what is the typical avg span
life for Felv+ cats?
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