Well my Tucson turned 14 this year.  I lost my Romeo at age 9+ to lymphoma—it 
was also very fast…he was sick for a couple of weeks.  I know I sound like a 
broken record but FELV virus has been around long before anybody even knew 
about it.  Most cats don’t get tested—they certainly didn’t years ago.  If it 
were that lethal, there wouldn’t be any cats left.  I think there are probably 
a lot more cats out there not diagnosed living the good life.  


From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of 
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2012 9:21 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] No signs and then they are gone.


That is one reason the ASPCA does not adopt out cats with FELV,because it hits 
all at once. FIV cats they adopt out,because they can live a long time.The lady 
that had the cat for 91/2 yrs ,good for you. Some cats without FELV don't live 
that long.Oh, It happened to me too,one day fine ,next day not feeling 
well,next day or two gone. But, they died home when they were ready.Cathy Fron 
the BRonx N Y


From: Maureen Olvey <molvey...@hotmail.com>
To: dlg...@windstream.net; felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2012 8:33 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon


Yeah, I wondered if there had been any signs earlier but I just didn't notice 
them.  It was like one night she started breathing a little funny and the next 
day it became worse so I took her to the vet and of course the stress of the 
trip made things a lot worse so as soon as we got there the vets rushed her to 
the back to see what was going on.  By the time they did the x-ray and got back 
to me she was getting weak.  I went to the back where she was at to see her and 
talk with the vet and she died while we were talking.  I had no prep time at 
all and it was awful.  Here one day and gone the next.  Her name was Two Face.  
She was a torti with some white on her and half her face was orange and the 
other half black.  What a sweetheart.  Wish I could have had her for a lot 

“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are 
profitable to the human race or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon 
unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me 
sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” – Mark Twain

> Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:06:48 -0500
> From: dlg...@windstream.net
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon
> CC: molvey...@hotmail.com
> 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.
> ---- "molvey...@hotmail.com" > 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: 
> felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 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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