Thanks Jennifer, I talked to my vet and he had done a full exam on him. He says 
that it is the anemia that is causing the labored breath because he is trying 
to get more oxygen.

From: Felvtalk [] On Behalf Of 
Jennifer Lewis
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:59 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] need some help/advice


I know Roughy doesn't like the vet, but you may need to get his chest x-rayed. 
Our Smoosh began having very labored breathing (and it happened very quickly) 
and when we took her in, x rays showed a massive amount of fluid had collected 
in her chest cavity; it was in essence smothering her.  You could not even see 
her heart and all you could see of her lungs looked like little feathers. She 
was a small (6 lb) cat  and around a pint of bloody fluid was extracted (which 
was found to contain squamous or cancer cells). We lost her shortly after to 
this fast moving cancer, as the fluid built up again very quickly and we could 
not watch her suffer.

Sorry to bear  less-than-positive input, but this was our experience. Please 
talk to your vet about this.

Jennifer (and Smoosh)

On Sep 16, 2014, at 12:39 PM, Matt Pardo wrote:

Thank you, Lee! I talked to my vet who is concerned that because of his stress 
levels, we should see if his current treatment will help enough. He is 
concerned that being hospitalized for a transfusion will be too much for him. 
He gets EXTREMELY stressed to the point of making himself violently ill. He was 
a feral cat for most of his life so he hates cars and all other people. Anyway, 
he seems to be improving a tiny bit although I am hoping it isn't my mind 
playing tricks on me. I am excited that he is drinking water again and I am 
hopeful that he will start eating on his own.

No fleas...I haven't let him outside (or any of my cats) for the last 4 years.

Anyway, thanks again, Lee!

From: Lee Evans []
Sent: Sunday, September 14, 2014 8:01 PM
To: Matt Pardo;<>
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] need some help/advice

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 
<<>> wrote:

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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