[Felvtalk] Just got FIV+ diagnosis

2009-12-02 Thread Natasha Hinsbeeck
Hi there!
 
I've just subscribed to Felvtalk, and I'm not at all sure how this system 
works, so please forgive me if I mess it up. I've been through a rough time 
with my kitty lately. His name is Ben, and he's about 5 months old. He 
developed toxoplasmosis on Saturday (28/11/09), and initially responded well to 
treatment, we caught it in an early stage. Yesterday his condition started 
deteriorating, which is when my vet suggested we test him for FIV/FeLV, and my 
baby tested positive for FIV. The vet thinks he probably has FeLV as well, 
because of his age, he might not have enough antibody response to the FeLV yet. 
I lost a cat in June who only had FeLV, not FIV, and we lost him in the space 
of 24 hours after the diagnosis was made. I dont know enough aboout this 
subject, and I'm struggeling to get the answers I need to my questions. I was 
wondering - I've been blogging about this on the dailykitten website, could I 
paste all that info here? I'm going to start crying
 again if I have to repeat all that information again?


  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Just got FIV+ diagnosis

2009-12-02 Thread Diane Rosenfeldt
Hi, Natasha --

The great news is that once your kitty recovers from the toxo, the FIV
diagnosis is NOT as dire as it sounds. Firstly, a cat can live a long happy
life with FIV, and not exhibit a single symptom. The FeLV, if Ben does have
it, is likely to be the bigger problem. They are both immune-deficiency
diseases, and the treatment for both, such as it is, is the same: best
possible food, some supplements, as little stress in their lives as
possible. The idea is the same as preventing illness in people -- don't
allow things to stress his immune system. I should also mention that this
list contains many kitties who have lived with FeLV for years. Make sure
that your vet is up to speed on both these diseases and will work with you
to find the best treatment for Ben. If he doesn't you should phone around
for one who has done the research. 

We had an FeLV cat, Patches, who came to us as a stray, turning up at our
door and demanding to be let in at 3 in the morning. He was such a sweet
guy, but he was already getting lymph node involvement when we found him,
and he left us after 7 weeks, not even long enough for us to get to know him
(but long enough for us to get to love him). So I'm one of the many here who
know what you went through with your other baby. It doesn't have to go that
way.

You'll get lots of support here and lots of great advice. Welcome.

Diane R.

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Subject: [Felvtalk] Just got FIV+ diagnosis

Hi there!
 
I've just subscribed to Felvtalk, and I'm not at all sure how this system
works, so please forgive me if I mess it up. I've been through a rough time
with my kitty lately. His name is Ben, and he's about 5 months old. He
developed toxoplasmosis on Saturday (28/11/09), and initially responded well
to treatment, we caught it in an early stage. Yesterday his condition
started deteriorating, which is when my vet suggested we test him for
FIV/FeLV, and my baby tested positive for FIV. The vet thinks he probably
has FeLV as well, because of his age, he might not have enough antibody
response to the FeLV yet. I lost a cat in June who only had FeLV, not FIV,
and we lost him in the space of 24 hours after the diagnosis was made. I
dont know enough aboout this subject, and I'm struggeling to get the answers
I need to my questions. I was wondering - I've been blogging about this on
the dailykitten website, could I paste all that info here? I'm going to
start crying  again if I have to repeat all that information again?


  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Just got FIV+ diagnosis

2009-12-02 Thread Hotmail Junk
Has he had a CBC? He may need a transfusion if his hematocrit  is too  
low. Using Prednisolone may help boost that as well. Talk to your Vet.  
My vet has gained experience with our cat  I can supply his name   
number via email. Your Vet is welcome to comsult with him.


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On Dec 2, 2009, at 2:23 PM, Natasha Hinsbeeck n.hinsbe...@yahoo.com  
wrote:



Hi there!

I've just subscribed to Felvtalk, and I'm not at all sure how this  
system works, so please forgive me if I mess it up. I've been  
through a rough time with my kitty lately. His name is Ben, and he's  
about 5 months old. He developed toxoplasmosis on Saturday  
(28/11/09), and initially responded well to treatment, we caught it  
in an early stage. Yesterday his condition started deteriorating,  
which is when my vet suggested we test him for FIV/FeLV, and my baby  
tested positive for FIV. The vet thinks he probably has FeLV as  
well, because of his age, he might not have enough antibody response  
to the FeLV yet. I lost a cat in June who only had FeLV, not FIV,  
and we lost him in the space of 24 hours after the diagnosis was  
made. I dont know enough aboout this subject, and I'm struggeling to  
get the answers I need to my questions. I was wondering - I've been  
blogging about this on the dailykitten website, could I paste all  
that info here? I'm going to start crying

again if I have to repeat all that information again?



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Re: [Felvtalk] Introduction

2009-12-02 Thread dlgegg
Will keep you and Kong in my prayers, for you to get a job and Kong to get 
better.  Keep us posted on both fronts.
 Ashley Vanover ashley.vano...@gmail.com wrote: 
 Hi, everyone, I have been actively reading this list for a month or so now,
 so I figured it was time I join.
 
 My cat, Kong, just turned 3 in October. I found him in a Wal-Mart parking
 lot when he was 12 weeks old. He was mostly feral, had been starved, most
 likely abused, and had a nasty case of lung worm.
 
 It was love at first sight.
 
 He had his initial kitten vaccinations, and was declared to be in good
 health once the lung worm cleared up. He has come such a long way in
 socialization--he is not a lap cat, and really doesn't even like to be
 petted for long periods of time, but I can tell he adores me in his special
 Kong way. He also has an incredibly intense bond with my 4 year old cat,
 Gonzo. I've never seen two unrelated cats take to each other they way they
 did.
 
 Around October 15, I noticed Kong wasn't acting like himself. I am a law
 student, and I am gone most of the day, so I kept an eye on him and told
 myself if he didn't perk up I'd take him to the vet (I was hoping he would
 perk up, because I am unemployed, live on a very limited student loan budget
 and live in an incredibly expensive area of Chicago--money is VERY tight). I
 noticed he wasn't eating or drinking much, and when I saw him wobble as he
 stood up, I knew he had to get to the vet right away.
 
 To make a long story shorter, he ended up at an Emergency treatment
 facility. He had many tests done, and 3 blood transfusions. He was diagnosed
 with FeLV, and non regenerative anemia. His ELISA was negative, but the IFV
 was positive. The emergency vet charged me over $5K and sent Kong home with
 me to die.
 
 A vet in my neighborhood is now treating him, and I have him on prednisolone
 and interferon. It's been over a month since his diagnosis, but he is
 hanging in there. He has a healthy appetite, and occasionally feels well
 enough to play with his favorite string. I call him my miracle cat, because
 according to every vet I've spoken to, he should be dead right now.
 
 He is my world, and I am going to continue to do every thing I possibly can
 for him. I've currently spent about $7K on his treatment, which is about the
 amount of loan money I will get for my spring semester starting in January
 (so I've got to find a paying job pronto, or I'm in big trouble) I'm
 terrified that he will require more transfusions or expensive treatments
 that I can't afford.
 
 So, that's Kong's story. I look forward to talking with you all and learning
 from your experience.
 
 --Ashley
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