That's wonderful news!

Don't Litter, Fix Your Critter!

 From: Michele Fougeres <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2013 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)

Hi Dorlis, thank you so much for your message :)

Abelardo is showing great progress, he has a huge appetite and is very playful, 
one would never guess he's FeLV positive.

When we rescued him, he slept all day and seemed to be tired all the time. He 
had a urethral blockage and was hospitalized for 5 days. He has shown so much 
improvement that our vet's hope are high, we don't know how long this is going 
to last but we are so happy.

Thanks for taking the time to send me this message, I'm looking forward to hear 
from the rest of the group.


> Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:19:47 -0500
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)
> CC:
> There are others with more experience with young cats and you will be hearing 
> from them soon.
> ---- Michele Fougeres <> wrote: 
> > Hi everyone, I'm new to this group. My husband and I recently adopted a 
> > male cat; we named him Abelardo. We noticed he wasn't in very good shape, 
> > and that he was desperately looking for a home, so we rescued him. He's 
> > FeLV positive and also has anemia. He has low counts for red blood cells, 
> > hematocrit, hemoglobin and leukocytes. The test to determine if he was FeLV 
> > positive
> was an antigen test (Elisa). No one performs IFA's tests in Ecuador, my 
> country of residence. The vet said that giving he’s a young cat and that he 
> has
> been fighting with a urinary tract infection and showing progress, it’s 
> possible that he will become a carrier and will be able to lead a normal 
> life. My research on the internet indicates that after diagnosis, cats usually
> live for 3 or 4 more years. I asked the doctor about the chance of this being 
> a
> false positive, but he said that with the antigen test the margin of error is
> very small.  I’ve read about cats that
> fight the virus and are able to eliminate it from their organisms, later
> testing negative for FeLV. I don’t want to have false expectations, but I want
> to hang on to whatever hope there’s still out there for him.
> > 
> We've started him on a
> biostimulant therapy treatment that will last for 2 weeks with Yatren Caseína 
> (an
> immune stimulant manufactured by Bayer, don’t know if it’s sold in the USA),
> which consists of Casein and Yatreinic Acid. This is supposed to help him
> increase his white blood cells. We are
> hoping this will boost his immune system. He has also been taking 
> Isoprinosine and
> B complex with iron syrup for almost 2 weeks. I
> don’t know if my cat is receiving the best treatment or what should I do to
> increase the odds of him not having to suffer because of this terrible 
> illness.
> I’m willing to buy medicine from another country if needed.
> The vet advised to test my other
> cat after 30 days to see how he's doing -I have a 9 year old cat who's in 
> perfect health-. I'm concerned now as he shared the litter box and bowls with 
> the FeLV positive cat for almost 48 hours, I didn't even think about this as 
> a risk, and now I feel terribly guilty for placing my beloved pet in danger. 
> If he isn't infected, then I
> should look into applying him the FeLV vaccine, which is not sold in Ecuador 
> yet. I have to see if there are
> ways to purchase the vaccine in the US and have it sent to Ecuador through a
> merchant.
> I want to keep the FeLV positive cat
> with me, as chances are no one will want him or will take care of him the way
> he needs to. We have grown so fond of him, he’s such an adorable, loving cat. 
> I thought about dividing my apartment so the sick cat will not have to
> remain confined in just one room. I can have the cats’ alternate spaces every
> week, after disinfecting everything properly with Clorox and not letting them
> share the same litter boxes or bowls. Do you think this will be a good idea?
> I'm desperate and I need all the information I can get, as you are all going 
> through the same ordeal, sometimes with moments of happiness when we see even 
> a little sign of improvement. It's comforting to be able to read about your 
> experiences. Abelardo has his ups and downs, days when he only wants to sleep 
> and not be bothered, and others when he's happy and more active. He has kept 
> a good appetite overall, that gives me hope.
> > Thanks for all your help, support and advice. I'm glad to be here.
> > Michéle
> > 

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