Can I plead with you on Figaro’s behalf? I know how unbelievably disruptive and 
disturbing it is to be peed on! I have had the pleasure. But very often it 
signals something else is wrong. In my last cat who did this – who squatted 
right on the bed while looking straight at me and peed, I oddly got the sense 
that HE didn’t know why he had done it. I also noticed that he seemed 
particularly disturbed in the litter box, and there were some other oddities 
which I had noticed. It turned out that he had a lesion (could be a small 
break) in his lower spinal cord (maybe his tail had been pulled or caught in a 
door, etc), and these were neurological complications which were resulting in 
this odd behaviour. The nerves which enervate the bladder and bowel are found 
in the lower part of the spinal cord. Thus damage to that area (a fall, hit by 
a car, tail caught in a door and the cat running hard in the opposite 
direction) can all cause damage to these nerves.

There are sometimes other explanations such as urinary tract infections, or 
just not feeling right.

I would think you think again about having him fixed. I agree with others who 
have posted, that it should be okay to fix him if he is not experiencing any 
FeLV symptoms yet. However, just to be on the safe side, you might consider 
putting him on Doxycycline/Winstrol/Prednisone for a few weeks before the 
surgery. There is a published study showing that people who were put on 
Stanazolol (Winstrol) prior to abdominal surgery, had a better and faster 
recovery than the control group who did not take Stanazolol.

I think that the mortality rate may be due to the fact that surgery weakens the 
body and if the cat is already battling an immune challenge, surgery may be the 
straw that breaks the camel’s back. However, I would also think that it would 
be female cats who would be more at risk. Neutering is not nearly as invasive 
as spaying.

Please don’t give up on him. He will have a very dim future, given his FeLV 
status and peeing issues.

From: Felvtalk [] On Behalf Of 
Jennifer Olson
Sent: March-02-17 8:39 AM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Losing patience

Figaro is adorable, but I'm so frustrated with the whole situation-
I'm begining to consider other livining arrangements... aka placement...

On Mar 2, 2017 3:19 AM, "ROBERT CHAPEL" 
<<>> wrote:
Thanks Amani... this is very helpful and I will do my best to locate these 
references... preferably the full articles if they don't charge too much for 
them ( I no longer work in hospitals and don't have access to full medical 
databases ( for free)...

VERY interesting about the ebola virus and the eyes.... it does indeed appear 
that the virus established a foothold in Yogi's eyes....   BUT... it was also 
via the eyes that I was able to introduce antiviral meds that my Veterinary 
opthalmologist was using off label.....  Of course the target for these meds 
was the Herpes Virus....but it too ,is,  a retro Virus and these meds "might" 
have had some effect on the FeLV virus as well
had I used them for a longer time ( though I would have had to have sold my 
house to do so : )
You can find ALL sorts of aid for these Anti Virals if you are using them for 
HIV or Herpes 1 or 2 but they are hard to locate at discount for Veterinary 
Use.....  I really am VERY concerned at the price of Vet services as I feel 
they will ultimately reduce the number of pet owners.....  I was able to easily 
afford to keep 4 cats on a rather low Social Worker income back in the 80's but 
keeping one ill FeLV in 2017 can easily add 400.00 a month to ones expenses.... 
 Many people who might formerly have adopted multiple cats will now only take 
in one or  two.....  All the more reason for forums like ours as it is up to us 
to share our knowledge and experiences to help each other avoid total reliance 
on a veterinary system that is not always working to preserve our FeLV cats 

Hi Bob

I am unable to attach the literature regarding the ability of Doxycycline to 
interfere with RNA replication and/or interfere with viral infection, but here 
are a few titles to look up on the Internet:

- Antiviral activity of doxycycline against vesicular stomatitis virus in vitro 
- FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2015

- Control of small inhibitory RNA levels and RNA interference by doxycycline 
induced activation of a minimal RNA polymerase III promoter - 2006 Nucleic 
Acids Res. 34

- Inhibitory effect of doxycycline against dengue virus replication in vitro - 
October 2013 Archives of Virology 159(4)
- Study of the antiviral activity of some derivatives of tetracycline and 
non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs towards dengue virus - August 2013 Tropical 

- A study of the clinical activity of a gel combining monocaprin and 
doxycycline: a novel treatment for herpes labialis. (2012) J Oral Path Med 

The following paper was interesting in that it explored the role of Doxycycline 
in inhibiting tumour cell proliferation, angiogenesis, metastasis and migration 
of cancerous cells (including leukemic cells) from the bone marrow:

- Doxycycline inhibits leukemic cell migration via inhibition of matrix 
metalloproteinases and phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase - published 
Molecular Medicine Reports, September 2015 Vol. 12, Issue 3.


P.S. - By the way, Bob. The other thing that was featured in that show last 
night about the fight against Ebola, is that the same doctor who contracted it 
and was declared symptom-free, later began to develop eye problems and when 
they examined his eye, they found millions of the Ebola viruses in the eye. The 
programme explained that the eye was an area of reduced immunity in the body, 
and thus, the virus had found a breeding ground where it remained, though it 
had been cleared from the rest of the body. They therefore began treating the 
doctor's eye, and the treatment was ultimately successful. It brought to mind 
the problems Yogi had had with his eyes, and I wondered if the answer was 
similar - that the virus had had a toe-hold there.

-----Original Message-----
From: Felvtalk 
Sent: March-01-17 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Knowing the " whys" of Win/Pred/Doxy


If we consider the extended time frame for Doxy and multiple courses of other 
ABX it makes a certain "intuitive" sense that a non bacterial infection is 
going to require a longer period of time to have whatever non-specific ( 
read... not related to bacterial infection necessarily)...? So little research 
money appears to be devoted to FeLV that I don't know that we'll know in the 
next decade unless the continuing demands of consumers ( who do NOT want to 
hear , in this day and age of " Miracles") that there is _ no hope_ for their 
much loved
pets) alter this course.??? I STILL bristle when I think of the closed minds in 
the medical and Veterinary community and SO resent that businessmen( Yes...that 
is what the vast majority are turning into now that practices are being forced 
to consolidate into " Health Systems").. hold the power of life and death over 
us AND our pets.?? On the plus side.... with the business model being what it 
is ( and in contrast to the lost art of " professionalism")? The CONSUMER is 
always right.? Vets will be forced, in the future, to work more closely with 
the " customers" wishes as attachment to a given vet will become less common as 
time goes on and people will " practice shop " for the answers they want until 
such time as Vet services become so expensive that insurance becomes a " must 
have " and ultimately go the way of medicine ( ie...being confined to a slate 
of approved practitioners... again....limiting choice)...? But... there are 
some years to go before that happens and I feel that there IS a window of 
opportunity happening NOW and for the next few? years for people to have some 
real influence on how Vets practice....?? I am betting, for example, that had I 
had the money to go to a more " well to do " neighborhood where people are more 
demanding and better informed I could have found a vet to cooperate... Here in 
the "sticks" people just blindly accept what the vet has to say and they still 
enjoy the freedom of calling all the shots.....?? This WILL end over the next 
couple of years.? I learned a lot with this first experience and made mistakes 
that I WILL NOT make again.

BTW....? Do you have any literature in support of the AntiRNA effects of 
Doxy...???? I am SO happy that there are still a couple of things out there 
that we still can get our hands on that don't have to pass muster with script 
pad businessmen....? STILL I am also not advocating the the medically ill 
prepared take it upon themselves to decide that THEY will decide what is best 
for their animal... If we are going to go above and beyond our Vets advice it 
would best be with very sound reasoning and an EXCELLENT understanding of what 
we are doing and why.?? Anything less and the community of Veterinary 
practitioners could easily dismiss our successes as "dumb luck" or ascribe them 
to " unknown" factors.....? I think this is particularly important re: 
Winstrol/Pred/Doxy?? I'd hate to see people going to their vets asking for this 
combination of drugs and really having an inadequate understanding of why they 
are asking for beyond the fact that it's been recommended on our forum...??? 
For m
 yself... I am clear on the Whys of Winstrol and Doxy ( though will be looking 
for more lit support on the RNA effects of Doxy) but not clear on the whys of 
the Pred.
Sorry for taking up so much space here but I'm having an " attack " of missing 
my little guy and am tremulous about being caught in the same position if I 
take in another FeLV as I am inclined to do....

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