Hi Jennifer,

                My first thought is to get her immediately on sub-q fluids, and join the yahoo CRF list http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Feline-CRF-Support/info .

                 If you think about what a hangover feels like (or have someone who has over-imbibed explain the feeling) then you understand how dehydration makes her feel. Can you be a bit more specific about her blood counts? Is she anemic? Are her white cells low? What else is out of whack?

                  Not everything that happens to an FeLV cat is FeLV related, but we do have to react faster, as they can't fight of even minor illness like a non-FeLV cat can. My + cats are on Interferon and DMG, probably for the duration. Anything else that pops up we treat very aggressively, and I have antibiotics on hand, which I often start even before we get to the Vet, with her blessing.

                   Jennifer, it's unlikely she'll come out of it by herself. Just resolving the dehydration may be key to getting her going again, it can make a HUGE difference. I'd ask the Vet if it's possible that she has an infection that might be causing some of this with her kidneys, and if an antibiotic could be tried.

                    I watch my positives carefully. When Gribble was first diagnosed, I was sure I would lose him. He had a fever of 107, which we brought down with ice and ketoprofen, and then his temp went down to 97. I did not expect him to live thru the night, so sat with him and moved him between bags of frozen veggies and a heating pad. He was about 2 at that time, early March of last year. He was assist fed, on two antibiotics (there wasn't time for a C&S) and started on Interferon ASAP. You might consider Immunoregulin, we bought it, but it's still on hold in case he relapses and doesn't respond to anything else. Mako also occasionally has some issues, and we treat with antibiotics and/or antivirals. The truth is that I don;t know if they get better because of that, or in spite of my efforts.

                     My advice would be to try to resolve the dehydration, get some food into her, and request an antibiotic from the Vet (I use Zenequin, but others might be more appropriate). Keep her warm and quiet, and love her.

All the best,



-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Ballew
Sent: Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Fwd: virus has finally caught up with her :-(

Hey all-

This is the first time I have posted to the forum.  I have two FeLV positive cats, one two and one three years old.  The older cat has never had any issues with illness whatsoever, but the younger has only recently started showing signs that her illness has caught up with her.  Just within the last few days she has become very lethargic, stopped eating (and only drinks a small amount) and whenever she stands or walks she seems very unsteady and wobbly.  I took her to the vet yesterday; they checked her blood counts which were low and said her kidney enzymes were elevated.  They also said they could hear a heart murmur which is probably related to possibly being dehydrated.  They gave her a B12 shot and I took her home.  I already said if worst came to worst I wouldn't put her through any unnecessary treatments or subject her to any painful procedures and that I would strive only to provide the best supportive care for her while she was alive so that she would have the best chances.  I'm just wondering if any of you have gone through the same thing and if I can expect her to pull out of this on her own, or, if she doesn't, how long she might have left.  I'm sincerely heartbroken.  I really thought I had nursed her through the most risky part of her illness (kittenhood) and that she would now go on to live a halfway long life.  In any case, if anyone has any advice or information I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks all,


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To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure,
But risk must be taken,
Because the greatest hazard in life
Is to risk nothing."
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