My positive kitty, Sylvia, has been largely asymptomatic for a month or two
now, and has only had one bout of immune suppression since testing positive
(a sore in her mouth, which was taken care of with antibiotics and went away
quickly). She is positive on both the snap and IFA tests.
Hi, everyone. I used to be active on this list when I had my positives, the
last of whom passed away last year.
I now run a Trap-Neuter-Return group, and we adopt out friendly adults and
kittens. We have an extraordinarily friendly, lovey, and personable Maine Coon
cat (the vet says he's
Hello all, my Maggie now 1 year 5 months old has been Felv+ since birth.
She is the kitten we adopted after testing her for everything under the sun to
protect our 13 year old Sasha. She later became symptomatic (gingivitis,
vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes) and was retested and was
I hope Maggie feels better really soon. I'm guessing that
you're giving her low-dose interferon alpha? If that's the
case, there doesn't *seem* to be a great possibility for
side effects. When I started Ember on it, my vet told me
that she might get nauseous, but that a reaction like that
Wow! Am I ever behind on my email!
Doing another IFA test sounds like good advice if the PCR is so unreliable.
I'll probably go for that with Taco.
I'm dead set against the FIV vaccine. Most so-called shelters will kill the
cat before even asking questions. I have no doubt that if a cat
Anna, I will give you my personal opinion dealing with severe diahrrea in 2
of my kitties, one of which is +. After many trips to the vet and having
many tests for parasites and doses of parasitic medicines, antibiotics,
trying fortiflora (which does help some), nothing completely resolved their
If home made isn't an option, there are several commercial raw foods
including Primal Raw that Dixie loved mixed with veggies and my boys
love plain. This is a frozen diet, in cubes that are so easy. There
are dried raw diets available too. A Google search should turn them
up as should
I can't blaim you for being nervous about odd behavior in a felv cat.
Interferon can cause side effects in humans that can actually lead to
cessation of treatment, they can include gastrointestinal disturbances,
depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, and flu like symptoms.
A few years back, Ember had diarrhea that was corrected
by switching her off of any dry food. She does really well
on Wellness canned.
One thing that seemed to stop her diarrhea when it happened
was plain canned pumpkin. She liked the flavor or texture,
and would eat it up. I didn't even have
Thanks, Maggie is to get the interferon 7 days on and 7 days off. She is on
her 3rd day off. I have gotten her to eat some today but she still hasn't had
anything to drink. I have given her wet food off and on all day as opposed to
her dry. Wet is usually a small amount daily but I
Have you thought about making her some chicken soup? Needless to say,
nothing canned but a few pieces of chicken stewed/crockpoted (my
favorite for Copper and Thomas) with maybe a little extra salt to make
On Nov 15, 2009, at 6:33 PM, TANYA NOE wrote:
My Bailey didn't do well on the interferon either, he was lethargic
and didn't eat well, he also was on the 7 on, 7 off, I finally stopped
using it and he was fine for years until he passed from pancreatic
cancer. Bailey was positive at 5 months of age when he found me, so
pretty young too.
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