Hi Marta, Unfortuntely euthanasia is the best option in some cases. For example if the cat who tested positive is a shelter cat.
However there are several of us on this list who have FelV sanctuaries, and I am one of them. I have lost many kittens who has FelV pos. mothers but my older FelV cats often live symptom free for many years. For example I have two FelV + cats who are 5 years old. Lorrie in WV On 05-10, Marta Gasper wrote: > Hello, my name is Marta Gasper. I'm Homeless No More cat rescue > director in Fairbury, Nebraska. > One of my foster cats tested FeLV+ on the SNAP and a few months ago > also positive on the IFA so he became our cat after he developed some > disorders that'd make him hard to adopt. > Previously we had a cat pulled from a hoarding situation who also was > FeLV+ and some time before he succumbed one of our foster kittens > tested leuk +._ Our vet concluded he would have been infected when > younger, he was tested after his uris kept returning; although we are > no-kill and try to give them the best hospice care sometimes euthanasia > is the best option. > > Back to Arlo, our former foster, he's been doing fairly well so other > than being isolated he had no treatment. Last week almost overnight > stopped eating and bled from his nose, also gagged on and off, making > gargling, squishy noises. His mouth smells very bad, vet examined and > said it looked good, mild gingivitis only, he guessed the odor would be > from further lesions/masses down his throath._ In a few days and > coincidentally he's developed bald spots that bleed and dark spots on > his fur. Vet said those were bacterial and fungal infections. Right now > he's on Clavamox and metacam and is starting to eat again, I suggested > interferon_we did have a FIV+ with stomatitis and other problems that > made a remarkable comeback on it_and he agreed to administer it though > because Arlo has all these symptoms and because he knows we're on a > limited budget he talked about considering the euthanasia alternative > as Arlo won't get better. > I understand but if there's a way to make him better I'd try it, don't > know how much Interferon is right now etc. > > Question; I've read that some treatments don't work or are not used if > the cat is past the second stage and/or has lymphoma. I don't know if > and what cancer he has but he's defintely on 2nd stage..should I even > try other treatments? > > And another question; we have a nebulizer, can we use it with Arlo, > what treatments if so? Thank-you and thank-you for this list > Marta _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org