At the Shelter where I volunteer, they find that rehydrating a
cat by giving sub-q usually perks up their appetite.

Chris C.

From: Margo 
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:00 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fwd: virus has finally caught up with her :-(

  Hi Jennifer,

                         Well, I think she will need some help. I am surprised 
that a Vet allowed a dehydrated cat to leave without doing something about it, 
so I'd call and ask why. It's good that she is drinking, but it is impossible 
to correct clinical dehydration orally, she must have either IV or sub-q 
fluids. That alone MAY be enough (combined with the B-12) to start her eating 
again, it can be miraculous. If you don't want to try the Clavamox, then take 
her (what is her name?) in and request sub-q fluids (and have them show you how 
to do it at home) and ask about Convenia, a long-lasting injectable antibiotic. 
I don't generally recommend it, but it's better than nothing, and less 
stressful for both of you. Explain that medicating orally seems too stressful. 
You could ask about appetite stimulants, but they need to be given by mouth as 
well, so maybe you don't want to try. 

                         Much depends on how far you want to go. Sub-q's and 
assist feedings aren't difficult to do, but you may not have the time to give 
to this. I would say, even if you decide not to continue long-term care, get to 
the Vet (or another of you don't want to go back there) TODAY for sub-q or IV 
fluids, and see if that helps.. If you have to work, most Vets will allow 

                         Please help her by getting the dehydration resolved. 
She feels totally lousy, and of course doesn't want to eat, or move. At least 
she will feel better, and that's critical, whatever course you elect to follow.

  All the best,


  -----Original Message----- 
  From: Jennifer Ballew 
  Sent: Oct 9, 2013 9:40 PM 
  To: felvtalk 
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fwd: virus has finally caught up with her :-(  

  They took her temp yesterday and no fever.  She's not showing any outward 
signs of infection, so that's good I guess.  I'm just wondering if she's going 
to be able to pull out of this.  :-(


  On Oct 9, 2013 8:27 PM, "moonsister22" <> wrote:

    Regular cats can also have those symptoms. The B12 shot is good. Does she 
have a fever? Many doctors completely neglect the simple task of taking the 
cat's temperature. An antibiotic injection might be of benefit. My hard and 
fast rule is to think "simple" first. My FIV positive cat had a lump on his 
back. It was diagnosed as probably a malignant tumor. I suggested it was a 
non-malignant fatty tumor. Three years later Mr. Snowy is still fat and going 
strong and the tumor has absorbed. Maybe it's luck and they will use up the 
last of their nine lives eventually but until then start off simple but 
cautious and do always take to vet but listen with both ears open and your 
brain cells on high alert.

    Hugs and blessings to you and the fur kids.

    Sent from my iPod

    On Oct 9, 2013, at 3:48 PM, Jennifer Ballew <> wrote:

    > 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."
    > --Leo Buscaglia
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