Hi Amani,

I was speaking about corticosteroids- Prednisone or Prednisolone.  Sorry for 
any confusion.
I have a cat, Jack, with heart disease who also has IBD so he cannot have 
I believe there is one, which is called Budesonide?  that might act more 
locally in the intestines so 
it could be a bit safer if a cat has heart disease.  

My FeLV positive cat Leo, who became sick quickly back in 2014, was diagnosed 
with both Lymphoma and 
leukemia, his WBC count was through the roof, in the 150,000’s??  I would have 
to go back and look at the notes.
He was @ 5 years old. I trapped him in a neighbor’s yard to TNR, but 
he tested positive so I kept him. Anyway, after the vet visit, for mainly 
inappetence, he went downhill
very quickly and I thought the stress of the visit, x-rays, fluids, and pred. 
might have sent him into heart failure too.
That was a guess on my part.  He was an adult feral that I tamed once he tested 
positive for FeLV, and he was so afraid 
out of his environment that I never took him to get an echo.  I only suspected 
it as a possibility because he 
had a murmur when he was neutered, though not later, and would pant when 
playing too much with feather toy.
Something I will never know and it has always eaten away at me.

I am not in this group much anymore, but read the messages, and just wanted to 
mention to Katy, just in case.
Hopefully not that.


> On Oct 18, 2018, at 4:59 PM, Amani Oakley <aoak...@oakleylegal.com> wrote:
> Sorry Shelley – my email below should have read IT ISN”T prednisolone. . . 
> Amani
> From: Felvtalk <felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> <mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org>> On Behalf Of Amani Oakley
> Sent: October 18, 2018 4:57 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org <mailto:felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Batman Felv Positive Having Neurological issues.
> Hi Shelley. Are you speaking about anabolic steroids or corticosteroids? And 
> what type in particular? I think that there may be a particular steroid which 
> has been linked with heart issues sometimes but it is prednisolone (which is 
> a corticosteroid) and it isn’t Winstrol (which is an anabolic steroid).
> Amani
> From: Felvtalk <felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> <mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org>> On Behalf Of Shelley Theye
> Sent: October 18, 2018 4:29 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org <mailto:felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Batman Felv Positive Having Neurological issues.
> Hi Katy,
> So sorry that Batman is going through this!
> Did they look at Batman’s heart while he was at the vet hospital?  
> Specifically did they do an echocardiogram?  I am guessing that they had no 
> reason to with his initial symptoms so they probably didn’t?
> Maybe he has heart disease that the steroids have exacerbated... Young cats 
> can have it and not have any outward symptoms.  Steroids are contraindicated 
> with heart problems.  I think there is one type that can be used, but it is 
> not usually given first.  
> Just throwing this out there just in case.  Steroids could hurt his heart if 
> he has undiagnosed heart problem and maybe cause him to act like.
> Not to scare you, just to get him treated for it if it is that.
> Shelley   
> On Oct 18, 2018, at 3:27 PM, Katy Brown <ktbrow...@gmail.com 
> <mailto:ktbrow...@gmail.com>> wrote:
> Amani,
> That is very insightful. I’m not convinced he has lymphoma because his 
> decline was so rapid. Within hours he went from walking to having completely 
> rigid legs. And today he is starting to decline. I’m wondering if there is 
> something else I can give him besides the 5 mg of Prednisolone and the 
> Clindamycin.
> The vet said he he keeps declining we could do another form of Chemo which is 
> very aggressive and has other side affects and would be a Hail Mary to buy 
> him another few days? 
> I’m just not convinced he has cancer. Even though he is FeLV positive he is 
> young to develop a cancer? 
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Oct 18, 2018, at 12:54 PM, Amani Oakley <aoak...@oakleylegal.com 
> <mailto:aoakley@oakleylegalcom>> wrote:
> I actually had a few similar experiences. Once it involved two very young 
> kittens. Once it involved a cat about a year old. In my opinion, the two 
> different experiences had two different causative agents, and at the risk of 
> boring you silly, I will try to explain both. Neither, by the way, was well 
> understood by the vets, leading me again to the inevitable conclusion that 
> cat health is very poorly studied (no where near dog health) and because cats 
> respond different to disease and medication, (whereas dogs respond very much 
> like people), then science and medicine is way behind in understanding cats.
> With respect to the kittens, it was my view that they actually had (and one 
> of them still has) Lyme disease. The area I picked them up was one very 
> well-known to be endemic for Lyme disease. They had an alternating lameness – 
> once picking up one paw which seemed very swollen and sore – and then next 
> day, picking up the other paw. I looked this up and saw that this alternating 
> lameness was described in dogs with Lyme disease. However, my vet believed 
> that it might be calici virus. I didn’t agree with her, but let her treat for 
> calici virus (including vaccination). The acute phase of the response seemed 
> to be limited in time, and both kittens seemed to get better on their own. 
> However, their brother lapsed into a coma – was literally unresponsive for 
> hours while I sat up with him. I didn’t know what to do, and my view was that 
> either there was inflammation of the meninges (sac surrounding the brain) or 
> an inflammation of the brain itself, causing increased intracranial pressure 
> which might also result in loss of consciousness. I superdosed him with 
> transdermal prednisone, took him to bed with me and kept checking him for 
> hours. Then, suddenly, at about 4 in the morning, he just bounded awake, and 
> began playing and galavanting all over the bed. Meanwhile, though, one of his 
> two sisters has never been the same. She lost HUGE amounts of weight, and 
> even now, as a 2+ year old cat, she weighs less than many kittens and she is 
> all bones. I have been treating her with a combination of Winstrol, 
> Doxycycline, high prednisone doses and magnesium (her muscles don’t work 
> right – like they are constantly spastic, and she walks in a funny tip toe 
> way, and has poor coordination jumping on things and going up stairs, etc.) 
> Anyhow, she is starting to get better, starting to put on weight and starting 
> to walk better. I am convinced this was and is Lyme disease, though 
> scientists and vets say that cats don’t get it. I don’t know how they know 
> this, because they DO NOT TEST cats for it.
> Story number two involves a kitten I got who was described as a “wobbly” 
> kitten and it was assumed that his mom had suffered a viral infection when he 
> was in utero, which can result in this type of neurological damage (and it 
> can be much worse). However, when he was very little, he suddenly and without 
> warning, decided to squat and pee right in the middle of our bed, and he had 
> never done this before. He was looking straight at me and I felt that he 
> didn’t know why he was doing what he was doing. Not too long after (a few 
> weeks or maybe a month), he started showing some very alarming neurological 
> symptoms, including a loss of muscle control in the back end. His rectum 
> seemed not tight but loose and stool just “fell out” rather than being pushed 
> out. His back legs in particular also became very very weak, and he developed 
> a “tripod stance” – both back legs together – his back end would sway and he 
> would fall down. My knowledge with humans is that this occurs when there is 
> damage to nerves in the spinal column, or pressure on them from a herniated 
> disc, or something like that (cauda equina syndrome). I took him to the 
> emergency clinic, but I had already started him on Winstrol and Prednisolone, 
> assuming that the Prednisolone would help with reduction of swelling in the 
> spinal canal and thus take pressure off the affected nerves, and the Winstrol 
> might help in healing whatever injury there was in the spinal column. By the 
> time they could do an MRI on him, he was regaining all function and his gait 
> had become normal. The MRI was inconclusive, with the vets thinking that they 
> could possible see the remains of a lesion, right in the area where one would 
> expect it to be to affect rectal control and muscle function of the back 
> legs, but the lesion appeared to be healed over so they couldn’t tell if that 
> was the cause or if the lesion was old or new.  
> It sounds to me like the prednisone you used in your case, has a similar 
> effect. There was swelling somewhere, likely in the spinal column as you 
> surmise, and the prednisone helped bring down the swelling.
> Amani
> From: Felvtalk <felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> <mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org>> On Behalf Of katy brown
> Sent: October 18, 2018 12:21 PM
> To: Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org <mailto:Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Batman Felv Positive Having Neurological issues.
> Hello,
> I have an amazing cat named Batman who a year ago as a kitten tested positive 
> for FelV. His brother also texted positive, after 2 other tests later on 
> after the antibodies from the mother had cleared, Batman still tested 
> positive while his brother was negative.
> Fast forward a year and both of them were doing great I was away on vacation 
> and left them with a full time cat sitter, who notice about a week ago that 
> Batman was not going up stairs as much, but we figured this could be to him 
> just adjusting to a new person in his home. When I arrived back home I 
> immediately noticed he was not moving well and as the day progressed he was 
> losing more mobility in his front paws. I took him to the emergency room 
> where they thought he had experienced a trauma, and discharged him with 2 
> types of pain meds. The pain meds were a disaster, and he lost further 
> mobility. From there we took him to Pennsylvania Vet. Hospital, which is 
> supposed to be one of the best in the country, they realized he was having 
> neurological issues, did a bunch of testing, his vitals and blood work were 
> all good. An x-ray revealed no masses in his chest or spine. At this point 
> they felt it was a cancer in his column, most likely lymphoma. The Vet 
> thought that he was quite young even given his FeLV positive status to have 
> lymphoma, but given how fast he was becoming completely paralyzed, there were 
> not many other diagnosis that fit the bill. The vet started him on 
> Prednisolone and Clindamycin, and within hours he regained movement in his 
> legs and was walking again. Yesterday he was jumping and scratching on his 
> post again, and eating and drinking. Last night his behavior changed and he 
> kept trying to hide which is very unlike him, however I thought that maybe he 
> was just tired, he had gone from completely paralyzed to jumping in 3 days. 
> But this morning it was apparent that he was not ok, he did eat after much 
> encouragement, but has moved very very little. I have called the Vet and am 
> waiting to hear back but I'm not optimistic. Has anyone had this experience? 
> I don't want to put him down if there is a chance he could come back but he 
> is hardly moving and seems like him trying to hide was him trying to find a 
> place to pass away quietly. Batman is so young and he is the sweetest cat I 
> have ever owned, and his brother can't get along with out him.  I will try 
> anything to keep him alive but I want him to have a good quality life. Any 
> suggestions would be appreciated.
> Also I apologize if I did not use this forum correctly. I wasn't sure if I 
> emailed the group or how it works so I hope this does work.
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