[Felvtalk] Bernie Update

2010-02-22 Thread Maria
I took Bernie to the vet this morning and did an x-ray.  He has a large mass
near his stomach/intestine.  We have decided not to do chemo and have put
him on some steroids and pain medication.  He is still eating and purring
which is good, but it will only get worse.

We will probably put him to sleep Friday or Saturday.  Sooner if it gets
worse, but I want everyone to be able to be there if they can.

For the record:
Bernie - Diagnosed FelV+ at 7 months, diagnosed with uveitis at 1 year 7
months, diagnosed with lymphoma about 1 year 8 months.

He is the most amazing cat I have ever had.  The best personality and made
me smile every day.  I don't regret one vet bill or day I had with him.
 I want to thank everyone on this list for their support and knowledge.  I
really appreciate it and I think all of you are amazing. I will keep you and
all your babies in my prayers.


Thank you again,

Maria
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Re: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

2010-02-22 Thread Sara Kasteleyn
Maria,  I've been following the conversations regarding your sweet Bernie,
but have not had anything to contribute as I'm very new to FeLV care and am
learning from every post.  I do want you to know I'm holding you and Bernie
in warm loving thoughts.  He is so blessed to have a caring companion in
you...just as you have been blessed by his love.   Sara 



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Subject: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

I took Bernie to the vet this morning and did an x-ray.  He has a large mass
near his stomach/intestine.  We have decided not to do chemo and have put
him on some steroids and pain medication.  He is still eating and purring
which is good, but it will only get worse.

We will probably put him to sleep Friday or Saturday.  Sooner if it gets
worse, but I want everyone to be able to be there if they can.

For the record:
Bernie - Diagnosed FelV+ at 7 months, diagnosed with uveitis at 1 year 7
months, diagnosed with lymphoma about 1 year 8 months.

He is the most amazing cat I have ever had.  The best personality and made
me smile every day.  I don't regret one vet bill or day I had with him.
 I want to thank everyone on this list for their support and knowledge.  I
really appreciate it and I think all of you are amazing. I will keep you and
all your babies in my prayers.


Thank you again,

Maria
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[Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

2010-02-22 Thread Diane Tyler
Hello everyone,

I've been watching this for over a year, but this is the first time I'm
contacting you-all.

I rescued Stanley (and two of his dumped buddies) about a year and a half
ago and, unfortunately, he was diagnosed with FeLV. All the cats were
estimated to be about a year old at that time. Late last summer Stanley went
through six weeks of LTCI treatment. He has also always been in excellent,
robust health since I found him and fattened him up.
This past weekend we noticed that he wasn't his usual self and he couldn't
jump up on anyone's lap without a lot of trouble so he went to the vet's
this morning. The vet said he has muscular atrophy in his hind legs. We did
an X-ray which showed no signs of tumors and his white blood cell count was
normal. I also noticed his eyes don't look right.

I'm just wondering if anyone else has seen these symptoms and how they dealt
with them? I want to make him as comfortable as I can because he probably
won't be regenerating any muscles. We're also thinking of continuing with
more LTCI injections.

Thanks for any help anyone has.

Diane

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Re: [Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

2010-02-22 Thread Laurieskatz
YES. We did a muscle biopsy and found myonecrosis - there are several causes
- toxins, histoplasmosis and vitamin deficiency. We could not think of a
toxin exposure. Coco was tested for histoplasmosis.  Since the results were
negative, the vets told me this was likely a Vitamin D, Selenium deficiency.
I had been feeding Coco dry Wellness. I had always poured it into a
Tupperware. The vet told me oxygen or water can deplete food of Vit D and
Selenium. I started feeding canned Wellness and she recovered. Another cat
taken in at the same time with the same issue did not recover as hers had
progressed too far. Coco could not walk right or jump up any more (rear leg
weakness) and she was having trouble eating because her tongue didn't work
right. This was 6 years ago! She still has some rear leg weakness and is
afraid to jump up on things she used to but she can walk and eat.
Blessings to you and Stanley,
Laurie

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Diane Tyler
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 2:24 PM
To: FeLV Talk
Subject: [Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

Hello everyone,

I've been watching this for over a year, but this is the first time I'm
contacting you-all.

I rescued Stanley (and two of his dumped buddies) about a year and a half
ago and, unfortunately, he was diagnosed with FeLV. All the cats were
estimated to be about a year old at that time. Late last summer Stanley went
through six weeks of LTCI treatment. He has also always been in excellent,
robust health since I found him and fattened him up.
This past weekend we noticed that he wasn't his usual self and he couldn't
jump up on anyone's lap without a lot of trouble so he went to the vet's
this morning. The vet said he has muscular atrophy in his hind legs. We did
an X-ray which showed no signs of tumors and his white blood cell count was
normal. I also noticed his eyes don't look right.

I'm just wondering if anyone else has seen these symptoms and how they dealt
with them? I want to make him as comfortable as I can because he probably
won't be regenerating any muscles. We're also thinking of continuing with
more LTCI injections.

Thanks for any help anyone has.

Diane

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

2010-02-22 Thread Beth
Maria -

I am so sad to hear about Bernie, but glad you finally know what is going on 
without having had to put him through too much. I can tell he is so special to 
you  my heart goes out to you  Bernie.

Beth
Dont Litter, Fix Your Critter! www.Furkids.org   

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From: Maria mian...@gmail.com
Subject: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 12:53 PM

I took Bernie to the vet this morning and did an x-ray.  He has a large mass
near his stomach/intestine.  We have decided not to do chemo and have put
him on some steroids and pain medication.  He is still eating and purring
which is good, but it will only get worse.

We will probably put him to sleep Friday or Saturday.  Sooner if it gets
worse, but I want everyone to be able to be there if they can.

For the record:
Bernie - Diagnosed FelV+ at 7 months, diagnosed with uveitis at 1 year 7
months, diagnosed with lymphoma about 1 year 8 months.

He is the most amazing cat I have ever had.  The best personality and made
me smile every day.  I don't regret one vet bill or day I had with him.
 I want to thank everyone on this list for their support and knowledge.  I
really appreciate it and I think all of you are amazing. I will keep you and
all your babies in my prayers.


Thank you again,

Maria
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Re: [Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

2010-02-22 Thread Belinda Sauro

What is his potassium level?

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

2010-02-22 Thread Sharon

Maria,
I am so sorry to hear that about Bernie.  I know this is hard for you, but 
remember you provided him with so much love and comfort his whole short 
life.
I have just joined this support group, as I have been diligently searching 
for a home for KC, an abandoned 8 month old FELV cat.  She was found 
abandoned at my work site.  My co-worker and I managed to get her trust and 
got her in the kennel.  Off to the vet we believed for just spaying, and 
then to a lined up foster home.  KC was fixed, then tested for FELV.  She is 
positive and they did more test and it is in the bone marrow.  She is such a 
sweet kitty, she was also pregnant when we had her fixed and has weathered 
some cold, freezing, rainy, conditions, with just the woods for cover.
Sadly my co-worker and myself cannot take her as we have numerous cats, and 
she is a foster for Siamese Rescue, with 9 cats there.
So by looking and searching I came across more places, and flyers throughout 
the internet were sent in pleas for a home for her.
What I've found out is that there are so many FELV cats, more so than I ever 
imagined.  Hence its hard to find a home for her.  However, we keep on 
trying, while KC waits in the kennel at the vets.
So I just want you to thank you.  You've done a wonderful, act of love, by 
taking care of Bernie.  Which I know he returned you with all the love he 
had back to you.  My prayers are with you and Bernie.


Take care
Sharon
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Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 12:53 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update


I took Bernie to the vet this morning and did an x-ray.  He has a large 
mass

near his stomach/intestine.  We have decided not to do chemo and have put
him on some steroids and pain medication.  He is still eating and purring
which is good, but it will only get worse.

We will probably put him to sleep Friday or Saturday.  Sooner if it gets
worse, but I want everyone to be able to be there if they can.

For the record:
Bernie - Diagnosed FelV+ at 7 months, diagnosed with uveitis at 1 year 7
months, diagnosed with lymphoma about 1 year 8 months.

He is the most amazing cat I have ever had.  The best personality and made
me smile every day.  I don't regret one vet bill or day I had with him.
I want to thank everyone on this list for their support and knowledge.  I
really appreciate it and I think all of you are amazing. I will keep you 
and

all your babies in my prayers.


Thank you again,

Maria
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Re: [Felvtalk] Stanley and Muscular Atrophy

2010-02-22 Thread Diane Tyler
Don't know his potassium, the vet just did a white blood cell count. Do you
think he might need more potassium?

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 5:44 PM, Belinda Sauro ma...@bemikitties.comwrote:

What is his potassium level?

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Re: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

2010-02-22 Thread Amy
Maria,

I'm sorry to hear about Bernie.  I lost my first leuk positive to intestinal 
lymphoma.  It's so hard to get a diagnosis like that for such a young cat but I 
hope you find some peace in knowing how special you've made these months for 
him.  Enjoy whatever time you have left with him.  He's very lucky to have you.

Amy

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 From: Maria mian...@gmail.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 12:53 PM
 I took Bernie to the vet this morning
 and did an x-ray.  He has a large mass
 near his stomach/intestine.  We have decided not to do
 chemo and have put
 him on some steroids and pain medication.  He is still
 eating and purring
 which is good, but it will only get worse.
 
 We will probably put him to sleep Friday or Saturday. 
 Sooner if it gets
 worse, but I want everyone to be able to be there if they
 can.
 
 For the record:
 Bernie - Diagnosed FelV+ at 7 months, diagnosed with
 uveitis at 1 year 7
 months, diagnosed with lymphoma about 1 year 8 months.
 
 He is the most amazing cat I have ever had.  The best
 personality and made
 me smile every day.  I don't regret one vet bill or
 day I had with him.
  I want to thank everyone on this list for their support
 and knowledge.  I
 really appreciate it and I think all of you are amazing. I
 will keep you and
 all your babies in my prayers.
 
 
 Thank you again,
 
 Maria
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Re: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

2010-02-22 Thread Laurieskatz
I am sorry to hear this. My Squeaky (feLV+, 22 years old) lived 3 weeks
after cancer diagnosis. I made the tough decision when he quit eating and
started hiding. Sounds like Bernie still has quality. Glad to hear that.
Ps cats also purr to comfort themselves...I don't necessarily look to that
but DO consider if they are still eating, breathing, walking and not hiding.
God bless,

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Monday, February 22, 2010 8:38 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update

Maria,

I'm sorry to hear about Bernie.  I lost my first leuk positive to intestinal
lymphoma.  It's so hard to get a diagnosis like that for such a young cat
but I hope you find some peace in knowing how special you've made these
months for him.  Enjoy whatever time you have left with him.  He's very
lucky to have you.

Amy

--- On Mon, 2/22/10, Maria mian...@gmail.com wrote:

 From: Maria mian...@gmail.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Bernie Update
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Monday, February 22, 2010, 12:53 PM
 I took Bernie to the vet this morning
 and did an x-ray.  He has a large mass
 near his stomach/intestine.  We have decided not to do
 chemo and have put
 him on some steroids and pain medication.  He is still
 eating and purring
 which is good, but it will only get worse.
 
 We will probably put him to sleep Friday or Saturday. 
 Sooner if it gets
 worse, but I want everyone to be able to be there if they
 can.
 
 For the record:
 Bernie - Diagnosed FelV+ at 7 months, diagnosed with
 uveitis at 1 year 7
 months, diagnosed with lymphoma about 1 year 8 months.
 
 He is the most amazing cat I have ever had.  The best
 personality and made
 me smile every day.  I don't regret one vet bill or
 day I had with him.
  I want to thank everyone on this list for their support
 and knowledge.  I
 really appreciate it and I think all of you are amazing. I
 will keep you and
 all your babies in my prayers.
 
 
 Thank you again,
 
 Maria
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[Felvtalk] Hair Loss

2010-02-22 Thread Carol Tsai Begnoche
Hi all.  My 1 year old FeLV+ male cat has started to have some hair loss on
his head and neck.  I noticed a bit of a bald spot on his neck a few days
ago with a small scratch (he plays rough with his brother).  I didn't think
anything of it as I thought maybe he just scratched the hair off.  Then I
noticed that the top of his head had some balding spot.  This evening I
noticed an entire clump of hair missing on top of his head.  I haven't seen
him scratch or act any differently.  He still lets me pet him.  I haven't
changed his diet or environment.  He seems to be eating normally and
drinking too.  I'm at a loss.  I plan to call my vet and take him in if this
doesn't improve in the next couple  days.  Any ideas on what this could be?
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