Hi! I recently vaccinated my four kitties and intermingled with a positive cat. 
I feel great about it and since the integration my kitty is so much happier & 
healthier! I admire your thoughts on doing it. I feel alone at times. 

💜CHERI

On May 3, 2013, at 5:49 PM, <dlg...@windstream.net> wrote:

> So glad Abelardo is doing better!  Just keep giving him lots of love.  I 
> think that is one of the best things we can do for our FELV babies, let them 
> know they are loved.
> 
> 
> ---- Michele Fougeres <atomicbetti...@hotmail.com> wrote: 
>> 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.
>> Michéle
>> 
>>> Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:19:47 -0500
>>> From: dlg...@windstream.net
>>> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
>>> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)
>>> CC: atomicbetti...@hotmail.com
>>> 
>>> There are others with more experience with young cats and you will be 
>>> hearing from them soon.
>>> 
>>> ---- Michele Fougeres <atomicbetti...@hotmail.com> 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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