Re: [Felvtalk] Devastated and Ignorant-Confused-New Diagnosis in Multiple Cat Household

2009-03-22 Thread Sharyl

Steven, I understand your confusion.  So little is understood about FeLV.  My 
experience has been with 6 kittens born with FeLV that I rescued from a 
dumpster colony.  They did not 'throw off' the virus but I have only lost one.  
They remaining 5 are doing fine and have been mixed with my negative kitties 
who were vaccinated. 

You are doing all the right things.  Checking the status of your other 
companions.  Seeing a specialist for Samauri.  Giving him supplements to boost 
his immune system.  I would suggest talking to your vet about adding L-lysine 
to his diet as well.  

I understand that Samauri is eating and playing just fine right now.  The chemo 
may affect his appetite.  It is important to monitor his eating starting now to 
make sure he maintains his ideal body wt throughout his treatment.  The easiest 
way to do this is to weigh him regularly on a digital baby, postal or pet 
scale.  He may need additional calories to fight through this episode.

There is an Assist Feeding Group and a couple of Lymphoma Groups that can offer 
help while you develop a treatment plan for him.
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline-Assisted-Feeding/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feline_lymphoma/ 
http://felinelymphomacaregivers.org/index.html 

The very best medicine is love and a low stress environment.  It sounds like 
Samauri is receiving lots of love.  

All we can do is share our experiences.  Hopefully they will help.  

Good luck with the rest of your companions and at the specialist next Tuesday.
Sharyl   


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 From: spertus...@aol.com spertus...@aol.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Devastated and Ignorant-Confused-New Diagnosis in 
 Multiple Cat Household
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Cc: spertus...@aol.com
 Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009, 2:03 PM
 Hello everyone,
  
 My name is Steven with a long history of feline
 stewardship; will not say  
 owner because who owns who is always in question! :) Sorry
 for a long  post.  I 
 am confused and wanting to make sure I get the most
 efficient and  best 
 treatment possible for a recent diagnosis:
  
 I have 6 felines in my household:
 Rosie-12 year old female brown tabby
 Samauri a/k/a Sammy- 9 year old male blonde tabby
 Olivander- 7 year old male Maine Coon
 Maggie- 3 year old female blonde and white tabby
 Squeaky-2 year old female tuxedo
 Fuzzy-2 year old male long haired tuxedo and brother of
 Squeaky
  
 My 9 year old Samauri just diagnosed yesterday with FELV
 and x-rays show  
 moderate cancer mass in his chest cavity. His comprehensive
 blood work shows all  
 is normal and in range so I am confused.  He eats,
 drinks, sleeps, plays  and 
 behaves normally as he always has, would not know he was
 sick at all.   All 
 other felines being tested on Monday 3/23 and Samauri is
 currently  
 quarantined in 1 large bedroom and we are all not happy
 about this.  Is  the cancer 
 which my vet says is of the lymphoma type caused by the
 FELV virus as  a 
 secondary disease or is it possible the cancer is in
 addition to the FELV  positive 
 status and the virus is not causing havoc yet?  Would
 the blood  work be 
 normal or are we just lucky so far?  Samauri has
 been going to  the vet lately 
 for a cronic upper respiratory infection where his eyes
 tear  because the 
 nasal passages were clogged. Medication clears it up as it
 has  occurred 2-3x per 
 year for the past several years.   
  
 I am seeing a specialist on Tuesday for the cancer that
 shows up on the  
 x-rays.  I imagine this is what I fight and do other
 things to ensure his  immune 
 system stays as healthy as possible?  My vet has given
 me liquid  Immuno 
 Support Vitamins that contains Lysine, Larch
 Arabinogalactan, Reishi  Mushroom and 
 Lutein. He wants the specialist to come up with a cancer
 fighting  
 chemotherapy protocol.
  
 Also, I have read posts regarding separating or not 
 separating positive and 
 negative felines, and my vet actually is already 
 assuming the other cats to 
 be tested will test positive.  Should he be 
 making that assumption?   I am 
 fairly convinced right now that I could  let all
 kitties roam the house under 
 certain managed conditions relating to  shared bowls,
 etc.  
  
 Am I even close to being on the right track here?  I
 have supported  CRF and 
 Cardiomyopathy felines at home in the past but this is all
 new to me  
 regarding FELV status and cancer.
  
 Thank you to everyone for bearing with me
  
 God Bless all our felines!
  
 Steven
 New York
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[Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-03-22 Thread martinjenn
My name is Jennifer Reihart and I run a hospice center/rescue for cats 
with FeLv.  I have been doing it for over 6 years and have gotten cats 
from all over the eastern US.  OH, NY, NJ, PA, NC, and even as far as 
Texas.  We have a huge house, and take in cats from different areas, and 
various backgrounds and give them a place to call home.  I am 
independent, my husband and I do this on our own, and out of love for 
these special cats.  They have free run of the home, and get lots of 
love and attention.  We currently have 13, and they all have their own 
space, however at night our bed is covered in cats.


I have gotten several cats from FeLv.org and have given them a loving 
home.  We have had 3 live past 9, most live until 5 or 6, we have one 
that is 7.  We don't do anything special, they get good cat food, wet in 
the morning-dry throughout the day.  But what I think is our secret to 
having them live longer is lots of love.  they are all used to being 
petted, kissed, and made over.  Each one has it's own special 
personality, that's what I love about cats, no two are the same.


I just wanted to introduce myself to the group.  We have worked a little 
with the Marley fund in NC, but mostly we take cats from various rescue 
groups and individuals who are desperate to find a good home for their 
cats.  We do insist they bring the cat's here so that they can see the 
love and attention we give the cats.  This set's their mind at ease, and 
makes the transition easier.




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Re: [Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-03-22 Thread TatorBunz
Welcome to the group Jennifer!
Bless you and your husband for your efforts on helping FELV kitties!
Keep up the good work and love for these precious babies.
You will find there are other rescues here that do somewhat the same as  you.
Also, a lot of very valuable information.
Many of us are all over the world.
I have been on this group/list since 1999 if my memory serves me  correctly.
I'm also a rescue as it was started officially by my late Taz you can  read 
about him by going to Tazzys link below. Even though I've been rescuing for  
over 25 years.
Thanks to James the moderator that started this in memory of his  kitty.


TAZZY'S ANIMAL TRANSPORTS
SIAMESE  COLLIE  RESCUE
Sultan/Startup, WA.
_http://tazzys.org/_ (http://tazzys.org/index.html) 



Board Member for national rescue.
_http://www.hurricanepetsrescue.org/_ (http://www.hurricanepetsrescue.org/) 

OTRA VERIFIED TRANSPORTER
(On The Road  Again)

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Re: [Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-03-22 Thread Jane Lyons
Thank you Jennifer (and your husband) for the work that you are doing  
and for joining the group. I know that hospice/rescues like
yours are needed in every community in this country. It is wonderful  
that you are able to give love and care
to these special cats.  I am sure you have a unique understanding of  
this virus and how it progresses, living

with so many affected cats.
Are most of the cats in your home symptomatic ? Have you any who are  
dealing with stomatitis? Do you have

a vet who helps you with Felv issues?
I would love to hear more about your rescue and about the 13 kitties  
who are with you now. Thank you again for

the work that you are doing.
Jane





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On Mar 22, 2009, at 12:17 PM, martinj...@verizon.net wrote:

My name is Jennifer Reihart and I run a hospice center/rescue for  
cats with FeLv.  I have been doing it for over 6 years and have  
gotten cats from all over the eastern US.  OH, NY, NJ, PA, NC, and  
even as far as Texas.  We have a huge house, and take in cats from  
different areas, and various backgrounds and give them a place to  
call home.  I am independent, my husband and I do this on our own,  
and out of love for these special cats.  They have free run of the  
home, and get lots of love and attention.  We currently have 13,  
and they all have their own space, however at night our bed is  
covered in cats.


I have gotten several cats from FeLv.org and have given them a  
loving home.  We have had 3 live past 9, most live until 5 or 6, we  
have one that is 7.  We don't do anything special, they get good  
cat food, wet in the morning-dry throughout the day.  But what I  
think is our secret to having them live longer is lots of love.   
they are all used to being petted, kissed, and made over.  Each one  
has it's own special personality, that's what I love about cats, no  
two are the same.


I just wanted to introduce myself to the group.  We have worked a  
little with the Marley fund in NC, but mostly we take cats from  
various rescue groups and individuals who are desperate to find a  
good home for their cats.  We do insist they bring the cat's here  
so that they can see the love and attention we give the cats.  This  
set's their mind at ease, and makes the transition easier.




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Re: [Felvtalk] Devastated and Ignorant-Confused-New Diagnosis in Multiple Cat Household

2009-03-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

   Hi Steven,
  Sorry to hear about Samauri, sending lots of positive, healing energy.

My Bailey was 5 months old and positive when I found him, he lived 
together with his 8 vaccinated house mates for almost 11 years before I 
lost him to undiagnosed pancreatic cancer (none of the tests we did 
would confirm cancer even though we were reasonably sure he had some 
kind of cancer), my vet didn't feel comfortable treating for cancer when 
we did know where or what kind, different types and stages of cancer 
need different treatments.  That said, I am a member of the feline 
lymphoma group, have been since my negative Buddie developed liver 
cancer in 2003, I lost her to it in 2004.  I remain a member of the 
group and maintain the website we have put together to help others.  You 
can find the website here:


http://felinelymphoma.org/

you will find tons of info on treatments, vet referrals, financial aid 
websites, how to keep sick kitty eating and the most help I think are 
the case studies.  There are over 70 case studies of members kitties who 
have and still are going through every type of cancer.  Some are still 
battling, some have lost their battles and still others who acheived 
remission have passed from non cancer related thing, age, kidney issues 
ect ...  It is a very informative site and we also have a yahoo group 
with almost 2000 members, all supportive and knowledgeable.  You can 
find and join if you like here:


http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/feline_lymphoma/

I wish the very best for you and your baby.

--

Belinda
happiness is being owned by cats ...

http://bemikitties.com

http://BelindaSauro.com


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Re: [Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-03-22 Thread Southernes
where are you located? I volunteer at a humane shelter in Tennessee and 
unfortunately their current policy is to euthanize any cats that come in and 
test 
positive.  I am trying to change their thinking :-)

Sidney



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Re: [Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-03-22 Thread Sharyl

Thank you Jennifer for providing a loving home for these babies.
Sharyl

--- On Sun, 3/22/09, martinj...@verizon.net martinj...@verizon.net wrote:

 From: martinj...@verizon.net martinj...@verizon.net
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Introduction
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009, 12:17 PM
 
 -Inline Attachment Follows-
 
 My name is Jennifer Reihart and I
 run a hospice center/rescue for cats with FeLv.  I have
 been doing it for over 6 years and have gotten cats from all
 over the eastern US.  OH, NY, NJ, PA, NC, and even as
 far as Texas.  We have a huge house, and take in cats
 from different areas, and various backgrounds and give them
 a place to call home.  I am independent, my husband and
 I do this on our own, and out of love for these special
 cats.  They have free run of the home, and get lots of
 love and attention.  We currently have 13, and they all
 have their own space, however at night our bed is covered in
 cats.
 
 I have gotten several cats from FeLv.org and have given
 them a loving home.  We have had 3 live past 9, most
 live until 5 or 6, we have one that is 7.  We don't do
 anything special, they get good cat food, wet in the
 morning-dry throughout the day.  But what I think is
 our secret to having them live longer is lots of love. 
 they are all used to being petted, kissed, and made
 over.  Each one has it's own special personality,
 that's what I love about cats, no two are the same.
 
 I just wanted to introduce myself to the group.  We
 have worked a little with the Marley fund in NC, but mostly
 we take cats from various rescue groups and individuals who
 are desperate to find a good home for their cats.  We
 do insist they bring the cat's here so that they can see the
 love and attention we give the cats.  This set's their
 mind at ease, and makes the transition easier.
 
 
 
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