-Nitnoy was tortoise too.  She was like a brindle all over with 4 cream socks 
and a cream streak to one side of her nose which gave her a clownish look.  Add 
to that that a raccoon bit off all but 3 -4" of her tail and she was real 
short.  She was like a cute litle stuffed toy.  She was always in my face when 
I was eating and always first in line at feeding time  so I gave her a 2nd name 
"garbage can".  Going to miss her a lot.

--- Christiane Biagi > wrote: > 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 CATHERINE DIDONNA > 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 > > 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 longer. > > “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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