this is from previous posts - get your kitty cat to a vet - hopefully - who 
will not be afraid to "go outside" the box. 

Winstrol – 1 mg twice a day 

Doxycycline – 1/5 to ¼ tablet (100 mg) twice a day 

Prednisolone – ½ 5 mg tablet, twice a day 

If there are problems with the intestines (vomiting, constipation, slow moving 
stools, stools of large diameters, all of which might be indicative of the 
effect of the virus on the intestines) you can try adding ¼ tablet of 

If the haematocrit level is REALLY REALLY low – like below 5-8, you might 
consider starting the Winstrol at 2 mg twice a day for a week, to try and 
kickstart things quickly, but given that there is going to be a likely increase 
in liver enzymes with the use of Winstrol, recognize that this might also 
increase the liver enzymes faster. 

Hope this helps! Amani 

From: Felvtalk [ ] On Behalf Of gary 
Sent: January-27-17 4:04 PM 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] My baby recently diagnosed with FeLV 


Could you please give the dosages used for Zander's Protocol? I know they must 
have been previously given, but I cannot seem to find them. 

Thanks, Gary 

On 9/16/2016 8:52 AM, Amani Oakley wrote: 

Hi Sherri 

I hope you got some good news today. However, as you know, my experience is 
that the Winstrol needs to be used long term before the red cells are back into 
the normal range. I continue to recommend use of the Doxycyline to interfere 
with viral RNA synthesis. The Winstrol does not attack the virus, though I 
believe it makes the cat stronger overall and able to fight back. But at the 
outset of the treatment regime, I believe you must have the Doxycycline on 
board to try and reduce the viral load, or at least, keep it from rising. 


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Hi Liz 

The only thing that works to turn back on red cell production is Winstrol 
(Stanazolol). It is an ANABOLIC steroid (as opposed to most steroids we are 
used to getting, like prednisone, which is a corticosteroid. 

Anabolic steroids are ones which build muscle, tissue, etc. 

Adding Winstrol to the combination of medication you have your cat on right 
now, would be the best thing to do. The Doxycycline acts to slow down or 
inhibit the reproduction of the FeLV virus by interfering the RNA duplication. 
The prednisone is helpful in keeping inflammation at bay, but neither of these 
helps to increase the red cells. The Winstrol acts directly and very quickly on 
the bone marrow and seems to get red cells generated again, quite promptly. At 
least it did for my Zander, and I have been contacted directly by several 
people from this group, who have reported to me that they also saw almost 
immediate (within 3 days) evidence of their cats’ gums/ears/pads pinkening up. 

The problem is that Winstrol is a controversial drug because it is also what 
professional athletes use to get bigger, stronger and faster. Quite 
unfortunately (since none of our cats are entering the Olympics) that 
association with doping scandals has cast a shadow on its use in both animal 
and people medicine. In human medicine, it is the only drug found to be 
effective in treating hereditary angioedema and anemia. 

Here is a blurb I found about it: 

Winstrol was first invented in 1959. Soon after that, the UK based Winthrop 
Laboratories created a prescription medicine from it. Later, in 1961, 
Winthrop’s patent was bought by the US based Sterling that started 
manufacturing and selling the drug in the American markets. 

In the beginning, Winstrol was used for a variety of medical reasons. But 
later, by the 1970s, the FDA had restricted its use to only promoting growth 
and treating osteoporosis. In the 1980s, there was a termination of the 
manufacture of anabolic steroids in the American market. But Winstrol was among 
those steroids which not only survived, but thrived in the 1980s and 1990s. 
During this period, its use was reinforced as a cure for anemia – as it had the 
power to boost red blood cell count, and was used as a treatment for facial 
swelling or angioedema. 

When the manufacture of Winstrol was finally discontinued, Ovation 
Pharmaceuticals bought the rights to manufacture it, in 2003. However, Ovation 
Pharmaceuticals have ceased their operations now, so the Winstrol products 
available today in the American markets are only generic and not pharmaceutical 
grade. Outside the USA, however, several large brands still manufacture and 
sell Winstrol. 

Genuine Stanozolol can be distinguished in water suspensions because it 
separates from the liquid into micrometer particles. These particles will fall 
to the bottom if the container is not disturbed for a few hours. The crystals 
have a milky white color. 

Winstrol can not only be used for humans, but it has veterinary uses as well. 
Weakened or injured animals can be treated with Winstrol in order to promote 
red blood cell count, strengthen bones, stimulate appetite, and enhance muscle 
growth. It has also reportedly been used to dope horses in US horse races. 

If your vet is willing to try this, he/she will need to order it from a 
compounding pharmacy. 

The dose should be 1 mg 2 times a day for a cat. If your cat is in poor shape 
and needs an immediate boost, start him on 2 mg x 2 times a day for a week or 
so, and then drop down to the lower dose. 

Your vet will undoubtedly say that Winstrol is known to cause liver damage. 

The first answer to this is, so what? FeLV will almost invariably result in the 
premature death of cats. The vets have nothing which is directly effective to 
fight FeLV. Things like Interferon may or may not assist but such a treatment 
is again a side treatment where you are hoping to boost your cat’s immune 
system, rather than a direct attack on the virus. It is also quite indirect in 
that IF the interferon helps, it will be more long term, and only if it manages 
to boost the immune system enough to permit your cat’s system to try and fight 
the virus, and when/if the virus is inhibited enough, then MAYBE (if the virus 
hasn’t already destroyed all the progenitor cells in the bone marrow) will red 
cell production begin to climb again. Winstrol is the only medication that I 
know of, (and believe me, I have looked!) that seems to work by turning back on 
those progenitor cells or possibly promoting the growth of new ones since it 
also works to enhance the production of bone cells (effective against 

The second answer, regarding the liver damage, is that the only information 
about this is quite suspect, coming out of a very poorly designed research 
study where the cats in the study were given doses found effective on HUSKY 
SLED DOGS for lord’s sake! The cats were given a LOADING DOSE via intravenous 
injection, of 25 mg – more than 10 times the recommended daily dose for cats. 
That’s the only study which has found this supposed link between Winstrol and 
liver damage. And even in that study, with those remarkably ridiculous doses, 
the cats in that study only had elevated liver enzymes (no tumours, etc.) and 
the liver enzymes dropped back to normal levels when the Winstrol was 
discontinued. This is consistent with my experience as well. I refused to stop 
the Winstrol for my cat, when the enzymes went up, because he was going to die 
with the low red cell count he had. I kept him on Winstrol for around 10 
months, before the red cells were in a normal range. During that ten month 
period, I would wean him down a few times, but ALWAYS the red cells would 
immediately drop again, so it was more than clear that it was the Winstrol 
making the numbers rise. So, in the end, he had Winstrol pretty much for the 
duration of 10 months and his liver enzymes went right back to normal again, 
once I discontinued the Winstrol – NO lasting damage. This was also my 
experience with a second cat with a nasal sarcoma, and where I used the 
Winstrol to keep her appetite up and reduce the swelling (she was 16). The 
enzymes went quite high at the outset of my use of Winstrol, but went back to 
normal when I weaned her off for a bit and then again when I ultimately took 
her off the Winstrol. 

Get the Winstrol if you can, and use it in combination with the prednisone 
(which I am told also helps to protect the liver when the Winstrol is used) and 


From: Felvtalk [ ] On Behalf Of Liz 
Sent: September-15-16 1:40 PM 
Subject: [Felvtalk] My baby recently diagnosed with FeLV 

Hi everyone, 

Looking for support, suggestions, and information. I've never had a cat with 
FeLV. We took our 1 year old, Hodor, to the vet because he seemed lethargic and 
in his stool there was a piece of floss that was red. At the vet things 
escalated and they told us he was severely anemic and would need a transfusion 
that day. I took off work and rushed him to a specialist. The vet there told us 
she would run an FeLV test before doing anything in case we wanted to avoid the 
extra tests and procedures. She told us he was FeLV positive and persistently 
talked to me and my fiance about euthanizing him which was out of the question 
for us. I took him to the vet thinking it was going to be minor and then she's 
talking to me about killing him! We went forward with the blood transfusion. 
It's been almost 3 weeks now. They had him on doxycycline in case there was a 
bacterial cause, and prednisone. Last week he started interferon... Does anyone 
have experience with that and know if it was effective? I also started him on 
Pet Tinic. Any other suggestions? Any insight into whether you think he will be 
able to pull through? He doesn't have cancer, they ran the tests but don't know 
if it's in the bone marrow. I'm scared. We have another one year old, 
unrelated, and they are best friends. It breaks my heart to think they might be 
separated. She's not FeLV positive. 

Additionally I have set up a go fund me to help with the costs we incurred, and 
I want to donate half to FeLV research if anyone is interested. 

Mainly looking for support and advice. Thank you in advance. 

Elizabeth McCarty, ASW #36438 

----- Original Message -----

To: "Molly Mou" <>, 
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 9:15:50 AM 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FeLv Positive cat 

I haave had no problems with this, all I can offer is prayer. 

---- Molly Mou <> wrote: 
> I am new to the list. Three weeks ago my 5-year old Miakitty was diagnosed 
> with FeLv. The ELISA test showed slightly + for FeLv. Itook her to the vet’s 
> initially because her lymph nodes were raging – all ofthem premandibular, 
> prescapular, inguinal all the way to the popliteals wereenlarged. A needle 
> aspirate of the lymph nodes result was hyperplasia,no lymphosarcoma. White 
> blood cell count was normal, but she was anemic, butnot to the point of 
> needing a transfusion.I was devastated and stunned at this diagnosis because 
> she(the whole litter) was tested as kittens for FIV and FeLv and were 
> negative. Myvet said the disease can stay in the bone marrow. I have her 
> brother who isasymptomatic – confusing. I haven’t had him tested yet for FeLv 
> yet.My vet recommended treatment with Immunoregulin. Theprotocol per Plumb’s 
> is an IV injection twice weekly for two weeks, then 1injection once weekly 
> for 21 weeks. She is now in her 4th week oftreatment. For the first two 
> weeks, her lymph nodes decreased and becamesofter. But after the 2nd week her 
> lymph nodes are raging againdespite the treatments. She is eating well, but 
> not very active. Has anyone had experience with this treatment or any 
> othertreatment(s) or advice to help my little girl? Thanks in advance, Pat 
> Peterson 

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