Condolences on the loss of your little Bunny.  Sounds like she had a good
life with you, Samson and Delilah.  You did all you could.   I wish you luck
in helping the others, and hope your heart break heals soon, through the
memory of your furry friend.




From: Felvtalk [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lee
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:50 PM
To: Felvtalk
Subject: [Felvtalk] Bunny Passed Away This Evening


She came to me two and a half years ago when she was around 9 months old.
She had been abandoned at an apartment complex, rescued but then tested
FeLv+. She was brought to me to see if she would turn negative. She did! I
kept her anyway because she had a few bad habits, like biting my fingers
when I was sleeping and trying to tear apart my iPod headphones. She was
very mischievous. I named her Bunny because she was brought to me on Easter
Sunday.  She has lived with me and two other cats in my bedroom/home office
since that Easter in 2011. About two weeks ago I noticed a change in her
behavior. She no longer pestered Delilah, the resident female cat in the
room and she seemed to lose interest in sleeping on the bed with me and
Samson and Delilah (the two other cats in the room). However she was eating
normally and nothing else seemed out of place. I assumed that it was the
change in the weather from very hot to nice, cool evenings and then to rain.
On Saturday of last week she seemed lethargic. She was not eating her usual
amount of food and not drinking her usual amount of water. I checked her
gums to see if it might be stomatitis or some bad tooth upsetting her but
her gums were very pale and so was her tongue. I immediately thought it was
flea anemia. I took her to the vet on Tuesday because Monday is usually very
busy with dogs there. She was more lethargic and depressed by then and her
appetite had all but disappeared. She was still drinking water. She had no
fleas so I asked the vet to re-test her for FeLv. Sure enough, she was
positive. She had all the classic symptoms of active FeLv. I was heart
broken but still, I asked him to give her some meds to make her more
comfortable and perhaps get back her appetite. He gave her cortisone. Today,
she was no better. She just lay on her towel and couldn't make it to the
litter box although it was just a few steps away. I took her in again and he
gave her some fluids, not too much because he said it would make her even
more anemic. He gave her a little more cortisone to try to kick start her
appetite. I had been syringe feeding her by then. He also gave her a small
dose of Convenia and some B-complex but nothing helped. She passed several
hours after the vet visit. I probably should have had him help her pass but
I just didn't want to give up hope. 


There is a question here, in all this upsetting dialog. My other two cats
who slept with me and Bunny and groomed each other, ate with each other,
drank and used the same litter box are around 7 years old. The vet told me
that once they are into adulthood, they are not as likely to get FeLv as
they would if they were under 2 years old. Is this true? I will have them
tested in about 3 weeks anyway to see what happened, if anything. Also, has
anyone had the experience of a young cat throwing off the virus and turning
negative, then turning positive again after a year, or was that second test
after I had held her in isolation for 4 months a false negative?


Right now I'm fostering a kitten who has tested negative for FIV/FeLv. She
is several rooms away from where Bunny has lived. They never came in contact
with each other but I have walked from my bedroom into the kitten's room to
feed, clean, etc.. Did I put her at risk?


This is desperately upsetting. I have decided not to take in any more
fosters with FeLv. I have never had this happen before. Most of my "turned"
cats are still with me and are well into several years of adulthood. I
usually don't have good results with getting turned cats adopted because
most people don't want the possibility that the cat is harboring the
disease. Maybe Bunny had it in her bone marrow and tested negative on the
regular SNAP test. I should have tested with the IFA also but don't have
much money to spare. 

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