Thanks for the feedback, Lee. We were hoping that Roughy had turned negative 
because we have had him for four years. He is our only FeLV+ cat and he is 
FIV+/FeLV+. I feel like a real idiot for not getting him tested. I should have 
been prepared for this. Right now, I am just praying we get through the 
weekend. His breathing seems so difficult and I know he hasn’t slept very much 
(nor have I). I am reading more about treatments and I am not sure my vet is 
very current on treatments. He is a great vet, but he didn’t present any real 
options. Ugh.

From: Felvtalk [] On Behalf Of Lee 
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2014 5:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] need some help/advice

Hi Matt -  I have had several cats who turned from FeLv+ to negative. One who 
turned back to positive after turning to negative passed away very quickly. Odd 
case because my other "turned cat" lived to be 12 years old. He was about a 
year old when I rescued him, he was positive and then turned negative. Lived a 
pretty long life too, considering he had been a street cat before I got him.  I 
still have one who was both FeLv+ and FIV+. He turned negative for leukemia but 
not for FIV but FIV is not a serious issue around my place. They usually live 
as long as negative cats.

I was under the impression that cats who are positive for leukemia are not 
supposed to be given cortisone shots or oral cortisone medication. It will 
increase a cat's appetite for a while, but not for long. Cortisone also has a 
bad effect on the cat's kidneys if given regularly. I could not find anything 
current on Facebook although there are a couple of pages for Leukemia positive 
cats but no postings since 2011 and 2012. I don't think you will be getting any 
up to the minute information on those pages.

On Sunday, September 14, 2014 12:12 PM, Matt Pardo 
<<>> wrote:

Hi everyone, I am new to the list. I have been looking through the archives for 
an answer, but haven’t found it yet. Sorry if this has been answered before.

My cat, named Roughy, was a feral cat with FIV and FeLV. I have had him for 
about four years now with only minor infections. However, on Thursday, he 
didn’t eat. On Friday, I took him to the vet. The vet said he was extremely 
anemic…unfortunately, I was too shell shocked to ask for a copy of the lab 
results so I can’t say what that means. He gave him a shot of dexamethasone on 
Friday and gave him fluids. He seemed much better when I took him home. He gave 
me some dex to give him to him. I could have sworn he said one time a day, but 
the label says 2 times per day (every 12 hours). My concern is that I am giving 
him too much dex. The dosage per pill is 0.5 mg which nets to 1 mg per 24 
hours. Is this ok/normal? This is the first anemia I have experienced and I am 
really worried. Poor Roughy had a really rough night Friday. Last night was a 
bit better, but he still seems to be struggling. I would really appreciate it 
if anyone knows if that dosage is ok. Of course, I have tried contacting my 
vet, but I can’t get him.



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