Jen is there a college near you? What state are you in? I work at an animal 
rescue and if I were you I would call them and explain your situation. They may 
be able to get you at least a discount at the vet because they often have great 
relationships with them. Also there's a website with a list of groups to help 
with vet bills.  

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> On Oct 9, 2013, at 4:36 PM, Jennifer Ballew <> wrote:
> Her Hgb was 8.3 if I remember correctly, not too bad, but not great.  I 
> believe they said her WBCs were low, but I didn't get the exact number.  So I 
> just tried finger feeding her some pate food and when I put it on her tongue 
> she seized up (seizure?) and practically become unresponsive for about a 
> minute or so.  I about freaked out.  Now I'm a mess...  She's back to how she 
> was before I tried to feed her, but now I'm scared to death to do anything.  
> They did give me some Clovamax antibiotics yesterday to try on her, but I'm 
> afraid she'll seize up if I try forcing anything down her.  I guess the 
> feeding tube might be the only way now, but I know those can be costly and I 
> don't have the money for it.  :-(
> Jen
>> On Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM, Margo <> wrote:
>> Hi Jennifer,
>>                 My first thought is to get her immediately on sub-q fluids, 
>> and join the yahoo CRF list 
>> .
>>                  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,
>> Margo
>> -----Original Message----- 
>> From: Jennifer Ballew 
>> Sent: Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM 
>> To: 
>> 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,
>> Jennifer
>> -- 
>> "To love is to risk not being loved in return.
>> 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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