That is the way it was with Nitnoy.  We never really had the time to decide on 
treatment before she was gone.  I keep thinking there is something I missed and 
should have seen.

---- "" > wrote: > Lisa, 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. Maureen Sent from my HTC Inspire™ 4G on AT&T ----- 
Reply message ----- From: "Terri Brown" > To: > 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 it. Salome' lived to be 9 1/2 years old, and she died from liver 
failure. Hope that helps! T =^..^= Terri, Guinevere, Travis, Dori, Kimiko and 8 
furangels: Ruthie, Samantha, Arielle, Gareth, Alec, Salome, Sammi and Siggie 
the Tomato Vampire =^..^= ----- Original Message ----- From: Lisa Conner To: Sent: Friday, October 12, 2012 1:48 PM Subject: 
[Felvtalk] Interferon Hi All, I think 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 lived. 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 
didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 +. Has 
anyone in this group used Interferon with their cats and what is the typical 
avg span life for Felv+ cats? 
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