Marnie -

So sorry your baby is sick.
The Doxy is in the hopes it is hemobartonella that is causing the problem. This 
can be a little difficult to diagnose, so vets usually give the Doxy just in 
case, but it works pretty quickly if that's what it is. I had a non-FeLV cat 
with hemobartonella & he started showing improvement within 2 days of the blood 
transfusion & Doxy.
Non-regenerative anemia of unknown origin is pretty common in FeLV cats. Most 
of my FeLV's have died from this. I would have to agree with your vet, 

So sorry you are having to go through this.


Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter!

 From: Marnie Miszewski <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:48 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Anemia & blood transfusions

I apologize in advance if this topic has been discussed recently, but my baby 
is sick and I haven't been on the computer much.

My FELV cat Thomas O' Malley, has non regenerative anemia. He wasn't showing 
any signs of illness until one day he spent the entire day hiding in my closet. 
I immediately took him in and he was already pale from lack of blood. We gave 
him a transfusion and he has been great for 2 weeks. Yesterday he went back in 
the closet and we are back in the same situation. The vet recommended against 
another transfusion saying its a waste of time and money because the FELV will 
continue to attack the marrow and he will continue to need transfusions.

I read that the transfusions can last longer each time you get them, but I 
don't know if that's true. Has anyone had a cat in this situation? Did the 
transfusion last more than a few weeks?
I have him on iron supplements in addition to the prednisone and doxycycline.

Thanks. I'm so conflicted. I don't want him to suffer!

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