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

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