Hi Tricia and All, I recently joined this group after finding out that a neighborhood feral cat that I trapped to neuter, tested positive for FeLV. I have him separate from my cats now, and he has, over a few months, actually become a lot tamer, not 100% yet, but so much better, allows petting, plays, etc.
Hope I am not out of line jumping in about Tricia's cat before properly introducing myself. I am not sure if I am getting all of the emails on this particular thread, but I think with her symptoms, ongoing or worsening loose stool, and now hiding, she should definitely be seen by a vet. There have been lots of great suggestions given, but IF she is not improving, you should bring her in for an exam. I would start by getting the name of the vet that your friend took her too, then call and ask them about her check-up, and why she was given the Tylosin. Ask your friend more about why the Tylosin too. Maybe have your friend call the vet first to let them know it is fine to tell you about her, that you adopted her...ask them if they did a fecal, deworming, etc. Find out the dewormer they gave her, what the fecal showed, etc. You need more info and maybe just by talking to them you will get some answers. If her symptoms continue, I think you should bring her in to your own vet. Have the other vet fax the records over. With FeLV cats, it is important to stay on top of symptoms and address them sooner versus later to treat anything before it advances, right? She could become dehydrated with ongoing diarrhea and you don't really know what is going on for sure to cause her symptoms, unless the other vet sheds some light. This is just my opinion. For instance, she could have coccidia, giardia, etc. Sometimes vets want to do a direct fecal to find certain parasites, etc. They can be hard to find on a fecal you drop off. Loose stool could have lots of bacteria in it too, not just worms, and she might need to be treated. I have a foster cat who had chronic loose stools and when fecals were done, he had an overload of bacteria and metronidazole helped for a while. His diarrhea ended up being intermittent to almost constant, until we finally figured out he has a food allergy and now after 4 years (!), his stools are finally normal on a special unique protein (rabbit) food. Hope Pumpkin starts feeling better soon. One other thing, declawing is very traumatic, and declawing an adult is even worse. Some of her litter box aversion could be from pain of declaw in addition to the diarrhea, not necessarily, but just something to be aware of. She has been through a lot. And she is still getting used to your home and being indoors. It's only been a few months, she still needs time to adapt. Also, cats will sometimes purr even if they don't feel good. Sounds like you are being a great mom to Pumpkin, but if she isn't getting better, I would definitely err on the side of caution and have her seen or at least call your vet or the other vet. Best, Shelley On Jan 15, 2013, at 10:54 PM, katskat1 wrote: > Some good suggestions! I am feeding mine Science Diet for sensitive tummies > mixed with two teaspoons of canned food to keep her interested. She inhales > it! Little miss Hoover. I am feeding 9 other cats and three dogs at the > same time. One of the dogs gets sensitive tummy food along with thyroid, pain > and inflammation meds so I don't have time to pay enough attention to her to > try and slow her down. I may start feeding her separately. Will see how it > goes. Thanks for the ideas. I can't give her hairball medicine cause she > immediately barfs it, often into her food bowl!! Subtle kitty that she > is........... > > For all that are interested, Miss Kitty is getting big, sleek and shiny. She > is going to successfully sneak out the door someday. She will not give it > up. Hope to keep her in til spring. > > Ozzie is doing MUCH better. Fattened up in his head, chest and front section > of his body but back end just isn't gonna fill out. Mingles with the other > cats if food is involved, purrs when petted in a manner and spot he approves > of and has learned to ask to go in/ out so all is well. So far no issues > developing with ,the FIV. Discovered he was choosing his own toilet areas, > none of them litter boxes cause he apparently requires there be no top/lid on > the boxes he is to use,. Take the lid off and he uses it every time. One > mystery solved. > > > Kat > :::::::::::::::::::::::::: > On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, wrote: > When you gt the pumpkin, try mixing some plain yogurt with it. It will > provide good bacteria for her intestines. > > Good thought on her accident. If she is not used to sudden noises, etc, that > could have been the problem. > As for her hiding, Annie hid in the basement for a wek or 2, coming up at > night to eat. I put a box downstairs for her to use. She had lost her owner > to cancer and was cooped up in her trailer for 3 weeks. The lady's sister > came once a day, fed her and changed her box. Then she was put in a box, > brought to the vet's and I picked her up and brought her home to a house with > a basement, 6 cats and 2 new people. She freaked out and headed straight for > the basement. She had always been an only cat so getting used to a house > full and new people didn't help her. Now, she still does not like sharing me > with the others, but does put up with it. > I wish we could get a complete history with each new cat that comes our way, > it would make it so easy to understand why the do and do not do things. For > that reason, I have a letter to go with each one when I pass so the no kill > shelter I have selected to get them will be able to understand their little > quirks. > > ---- strchalb...@aol.com wrote: > > Hi Sharyl, > > > > Thank you so much for the quick reply:) > > > > I would have to guess she is about 4 years old. > > > > I've had cats with worms before, but they were quite obvious in the > > stool... I will try to check her stool more closely. > > > > So some pumpkin for my Pumpkin.... how ironic... might need to try that and > > I will let you know. Maybe it will be best for her to stay in the > > basement, near her potty for awhile? I had one other response, and he > > said, she just may have had an accident, which is what I might be thinking. > > I think previously, we were chasing the kids in the house, and she may > > have gotten scared and it just sorta "ran out"... > > > > What about hiding under the bed?? She did that when she first came here, > > and has been good now for a few weeks, but today she was under the bed > > again? I read that sometimes can be a sign that they aren't feeling well? > > > > Thanks again for your time and knowledge:)))) > > > > Tricia > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: Sharyl <cline...@yahoo.com> > > To: felvtalk <email@example.com> > > Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 9:42 pm > > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] stray cat I took in has feline leukemia > > > > > > > > Hi Tricia. You don't say how old Pumpkin is. It is usual to re-test for > > FeLV after 3 months. Since she used to be outside has she been treated for > > worms? That may be why her stools are soft. Many add some canned plain > > pumpkin (not the spiced pie filling) to the canned food to add fiber when a > > kitty has diarrhea. Usually start out with 1 tsp. > > > > I've never used Tylosin Tartrate. Here is a link to more info > > http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_tylosin.html > > Seems to be used as an anti-inflammatory and for colitis. > > > > You need to treat the diarrhea. FeLV is probably not the reason she has it > > > > Sharyl > > > > > > > > > > > > > > From: "strchalb...@aol.com" <strchalb...@aol.com> > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2013 10:06 PM > > Subject: [Felvtalk] stray cat I took in has feline leukemia > > > > > > > > Hello, > > > > I'm hoping someone can help me.... > > > > We live in the country and have about 8 outside cats. A friend decided to > > take one home, Pumpkin, and had her all fixed up at the vet with shots, > > spay and declaw. She found out she has feline leukemia. She kept her for > > about a month, but I guess she was making a mess as far as using the litter > > box. I told her I didn't want her to go to an over crowded humane society, > > so I took her back. She is now in the house, as she is front declawed, and > > she is not to be around the other cats with her cancer. > > > > So... I've had her home since just before Christmas, and she's been fine > > other than not eating a whole lot. Her stool is quiet soft, and I did find > > a few hard turds in two different sleeping places that she uses. Well now > > today, she had a ver messy stool on the wood floor in the hallway!! Really > > shocked me as she's been so good using the littler box. > > > > Is this a sign that she is getting sick, the not using the littler box? > > She has a prescription for Tylosin Tartrate, and she said to give this to > > her(powder form), when/if she gets sick??? > > > > She does seems to sleep most of the day, but I know cats do do that :) She > > also does purr quite loud!! Must be a good sign. She will play with a > > string too. So she's been very happy, but now I had to resort to putting > > her back in the basement with her food and litter. I might end up > > sleeping down there with her again, as I did when she first came in the > > house. She has had the run of the house now for weeks, but I just don't > > trust her since her accident. > > > > > > I've read where infected cats can live quite long, but yet others do not. > > I certainly would not want to put her thru all sort > _______________________________________________ > Felvtalk mailing list > Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org > http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org