Roughy needs a transfusion if his breathing is labored. The anemia is getting 
him. Can you take him to a clinic that offers blood-matching transfusions? My 
poor Bunny had labored breathing and progressive anemia towards the end. Her 
bone marrow was not producing any red cells. Maybe you can buy some time for 
Roughy. His bone marrow may still be producing red cells but not in the 
quantity he needs. If he gets a good dose of healthy blood, it will help him 
eat again. You may need to stop the cortisone. You need a second opinion from a 
vet who is up on the latest data regarding feline leukemia. What Roughy may 
have is non-generative anemia but maybe not. He may still be in the stage of 
generating red cells. Have you treated him for fleas? Cats can also get flea 
anemia which responds well to a transfusion.

On Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:14 PM, Matt Pardo <> 

>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 <> 
>>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 
>>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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