[Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue
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Subject: New to Feline Leukemia


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer living at 
home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and struggling.  
I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and Lucky did not look 
good.  I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and 
tested weak positive for feline leukemia.  This makes my plan of integrating 
him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.  The vet said I could get my 
three cats vaccinated providing 80% protection... Meanwhile, Lucky is 
sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking antibiotics (what a good cat!) and 
healing.  I'm trying to figure out how to make this work, longer term.
Ideas???
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Debbie Bates

Bonnie, it got through!  Hang in there for just a bitthere are many 
extremely well informed members who will have any and all information you need! 
 I am not dealing with any felv cats, but come here often so that I stay 
informed

Debbie 
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. - Kahlil Gibran


 
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 Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
 
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 Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
 Subject: New to Feline Leukemia
 
 
 It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
 My mom has a heart cat named Lucky. She's disabled and no longer living at 
 home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and struggling. 
 I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and Lucky did not 
 look good. I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, 
 and tested weak positive for feline leukemia. This makes my plan of 
 integrating him into my 3-cat household a real challenge. The vet said I 
 could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80% protection... Meanwhile, 
 Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking antibiotics (what a good 
 cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure out how to make this work, longer 
 term.
 Ideas???
 Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue

Thank you, Debbie.
I'll check back on the postings in a few days to see if anyone has any 
suggestions.

Peace.
B.
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Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:22 AM
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Bonnie, it got through!  Hang in there for just a bitthere are many 
extremely well informed members who will have any and all information you 
need!  I am not dealing with any felv cats, but come here often so that I 
stay informed


Debbie
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. - Kahlil 
Gibran





From: ho...@sonic.net
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Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

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To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
Subject: New to Feline Leukemia


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky. She's disabled and no longer living 
at home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and 
struggling. I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and 
Lucky did not look good. I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible 
infected eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline leukemia. 
This makes my plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real 
challenge. The vet said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 
80% protection... Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, 
taking antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure 
out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Chris
Bonnie--you've come to the right place  there are lots of people who will
respond with some very helpful information.  I'm owned by 1 FELV adult cat 
4 neg adult cats  they are mixed.  I'd sort of wonder about weak
positive--if you look in the archives, you'll see a recent thread about
whether in fact there is such a thing  what it might mean.  In any event,
at some point you'll need to get Lucky tested with IFA test (blood work sent
to lab) to actually determine with more certainty if he is FELV+.  I'm
assuming he was an indoor-outdoor cat cause you mentioned the fleas.  How
old is Lucky?  

Christiane Biagi
ti...@mindspring.com 

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Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:37 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer living
at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and
struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and
Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible
infected eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline leukemia.  This
makes my plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.
The vet said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%
protection... Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking
antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure out how to
make this work, longer term.
Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Natalie
I got it the first time!

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Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:33 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
Importance: High

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Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
Subject: New to Feline Leukemia


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer living
at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and
struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and
Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible
infected eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline leukemia.  This
makes my plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.
The vet said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%
protection... Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking
antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure out how to
make this work, longer term.
Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Natalie
All vaccines are only about 80% effectiveI really don't have much
experience with this because  I have two very healthy FeLV+ cats, living
separately from others.  But I would think that if retested, being only a
weak positive, maybe the cat will be negative!  It seems to have been
really run down, the immune system was definitely compromised, fighting an
infection, fleasGood luck!  Natalie

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Bonnie, it got through!  Hang in there for just a bitthere are many
extremely well informed members who will have any and all information you
need!  I am not dealing with any felv cats, but come here often so that I
stay informed

Debbie 
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. - Kahlil
Gibran


 
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 Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
 
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 From: Bonnie Hogue 
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
 Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
 Subject: New to Feline Leukemia
 
 
 It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
 My mom has a heart cat named Lucky. She's disabled and no longer living
at home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and
struggling. I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and
Lucky did not look good. I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible infected
eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline leukemia. This makes my
plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real challenge. The vet
said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80% protection...
Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking antibiotics
(what a good cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure out how to make this
work, longer term.
 Ideas???
 Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Cougar Clan
Personally, I would read the information on the board about the  
testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would vaccinate  
my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.  Depending on what  
you decide to do about mixing (again this board has lots of  
information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was diagnosed with terminal  
cancer), you go forward the best way you can.  A spare room is not a  
bad thing.  Just make all your decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them as  
stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I cannot  
imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and their  
separation has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue Remedy in  
water and Feliway spray around the house.  There are other things you  
can do to help.  I suspect your mother talked to Lucky a lot.  Maybe a  
radio or even a recording of her voice?  If you do the recording,  
consider a loop tape (like they use for training parrots etc.  Record  
once and it repeats for so long a time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she  
couldn't care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the  
floor for 3 months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally  
reached an agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet  
suggested the Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky is  
not as upset by the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular vets  
that I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and works  
wonderfully with my regular vets (they sent me to her initially).  I  
have a couple of names and numbers in Louisville KY if you need them.   
They do phone consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy every  
minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer  
living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is  
unwell and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her  
hospitalization and Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet:  
bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and tested weak  
positive for feline leukemia.  This makes my plan of integrating  
him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.  The vet said I could  
get my three cats vaccinated providing 80% protection...  
Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking  
antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure  
out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Cougar Clan
Don't wait days to check.  If it came through, and it did, you will be  
getting information in days if not hours.  This is an extremely caring  
group of people with a common hate..this awful diseaseand a  
love of the living.

On Sep 16, 2010, at 12:53 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


Thank you, Debbie.
I'll check back on the postings in a few days to see if anyone has  
any suggestions.

Peace.
B.
- Original Message - From: Debbie Bates  
dlh1...@hotmail.com

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Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia




Bonnie, it got through!  Hang in there for just a bitthere are  
many extremely well informed members who will have any and all  
information you need!  I am not dealing with any felv cats, but  
come here often so that I stay informed


Debbie
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. -  
Kahlil Gibran





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Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

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Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
Subject: New to Feline Leukemia


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky. She's disabled and no longer  
living at home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is  
unwell and struggling. I went over to feed the cats during her  
hospitalization and Lucky did not look good. I took him to the  
vet: bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and tested weak  
positive for feline leukemia. This makes my plan of integrating  
him into my 3-cat household a real challenge. The vet said I could  
get my three cats vaccinated providing 80% protection...  
Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking  
antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure  
out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue

Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma County.

Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew I had to 
do something when I spotted him just after sunset one evening on the 
neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was the saddest, most forlorn 
sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that this little guy was feeling abandoned 
and wondering what to do and where to go.  My next act was to open a can of 
tuna to lure him in.  It worked.  Two days of feeding canned food and I 
nabbed him.  I think he was relieved.  He is adjusting well (smartest cat I 
ever met).  I went in an laid on the bed and he did all the things my mom 
used to tell me about: drooling while he purred, kneading, stretching out 
his full length next to me.  What a special cat, indeed.  I am committed to 
helping him and keeping him safe and healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe 
it's time you retire, you know?  No more fights or catching rats -- just 
live the good life on easy street!  Hope he agrees!
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To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


Personally, I would read the information on the board about the  testing 
procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would vaccinate  my cats 
and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.  Depending on what  you decide 
to do about mixing (again this board has lots of  information--I mixed 
after one cat (FELV-) was diagnosed with terminal  cancer), you go forward 
the best way you can.  A spare room is not a  bad thing.  Just make all 
your decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them as 
stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I cannot 
imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and their  separation 
has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue Remedy in  water and 
Feliway spray around the house.  There are other things you  can do to 
help.  I suspect your mother talked to Lucky a lot.  Maybe a  radio or 
even a recording of her voice?  If you do the recording,  consider a loop 
tape (like they use for training parrots etc.  Record  once and it repeats 
for so long a time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she  couldn't 
care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the  floor for 3 
months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally  reached an 
agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet  suggested the 
Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky is  not as upset by 
the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular vets  that 
I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and works  wonderfully 
with my regular vets (they sent me to her initially).  I  have a couple of 
names and numbers in Louisville KY if you need them.   They do phone 
consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy every 
minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer 
living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is  unwell 
and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her  hospitalization 
and Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet:  bad fleas, possible 
infected eye and nose, and tested weak  positive for feline leukemia. 
This makes my plan of integrating  him into my 3-cat household a real 
challenge.  The vet said I could  get my three cats vaccinated providing 
80% protection...  Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, 
taking  antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure 
out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Cougar Clan
I am very sure he does.  The drooling is a sign of contentment as is  
the purring and kneading.  He sounds like a wonderful little guy.


How confident are you in your vet?  If the answer is not 110%,  
consider a consultation with another vet.

On Sep 16, 2010, at 5:12 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma  
County.


Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew  
I had to do something when I spotted him just after sunset one  
evening on the neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was  
the saddest, most forlorn sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that  
this little guy was feeling abandoned and wondering what to do and  
where to go.  My next act was to open a can of tuna to lure him in.   
It worked.  Two days of feeding canned food and I nabbed him.  I  
think he was relieved.  He is adjusting well (smartest cat I ever  
met).  I went in an laid on the bed and he did all the things my mom  
used to tell me about: drooling while he purred, kneading,  
stretching out his full length next to me.  What a special cat,  
indeed.  I am committed to helping him and keeping him safe and  
healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe it's time you retire, you know?   
No more fights or catching rats -- just live the good life on easy  
street!  Hope he agrees!
- Original Message - From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com 


To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


Personally, I would read the information on the board about the   
testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would  
vaccinate  my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.   
Depending on what  you decide to do about mixing (again this board  
has lots of  information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was  
diagnosed with terminal  cancer), you go forward the best way you  
can.  A spare room is not a  bad thing.  Just make all your  
decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them  
as stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I  
cannot imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and  
their  separation has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue  
Remedy in  water and Feliway spray around the house.  There are  
other things you  can do to help.  I suspect your mother talked to  
Lucky a lot.  Maybe a  radio or even a recording of her voice?  If  
you do the recording,  consider a loop tape (like they use for  
training parrots etc.  Record  once and it repeats for so long a  
time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she   
couldn't care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the   
floor for 3 months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally   
reached an agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet   
suggested the Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky  
is  not as upset by the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular  
vets  that I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and  
works  wonderfully with my regular vets (they sent me to her  
initially).  I  have a couple of names and numbers in Louisville KY  
if you need them.   They do phone consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy  
every minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no  
longer living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but  
herself is  unwell and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats  
during her  hospitalization and Lucky did not look good.  I took  
him to the vet:  bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and  
tested weak  positive for feline leukemia. This makes my plan of  
integrating  him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.  The  
vet said I could  get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%  
protection...  Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare  
bedroom, taking  antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm  
trying to figure out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread TANYA NOE
How old are your other cats? Cats develop some natural immunity with age. 
After the age of 1-3 they become less likely to develop FeLV. If vaccinated and 
over 3 the risk is there but small. How old is the cat that tested positive? If 
under a year there is a good chance the cats body can rid itself of the virus. 
I would wait 6 weeks and retest the cat again regardless of age and see if it 
still shows positive. You can also do an IFA which tests to see if the virus 
has settled into the bone marrow. Once in the marrow it cannot be eliminated 
from the body.
 I have a 14 year old negative cat and a 2 year old positive cat. I do not 
separate them, there is still a small risk allowing them together but I 
vaccinate the negative one and cross my fingers. I don't know if I have ever 
seen anyone on here post that a neg turned pos from mixing, again though still 
a risk.

Hope this helps,
Tanya

--- On Thu, 9/16/10, Natalie at...@optonline.net wrote:

 From: Natalie at...@optonline.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 2:55 PM
 All vaccines are only about 80%
 effectiveI really don't have much
 experience with this because  I have two very healthy
 FeLV+ cats, living
 separately from others.  But I would think that if
 retested, being only a
 weak positive, maybe the cat will be negative!  It
 seems to have been
 really run down, the immune system was definitely
 compromised, fighting an
 infection, fleasGood luck!  Natalie
 
 -Original Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org]
 On Behalf Of Debbie Bates
 Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:23 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
 
 
 Bonnie, it got through!  Hang in there for just a
 bitthere are many
 extremely well informed members who will have any and all
 information you
 need!  I am not dealing with any felv cats, but come
 here often so that I
 stay informed
 
 Debbie 
 We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience
 them. - Kahlil
 Gibran
 
 
  
  From: ho...@sonic.net
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
  
  This e-mail got bounced back to meam trying one
 more time.
  - Original Message - 
  From: Bonnie Hogue 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
  Subject: New to Feline Leukemia
  
  
  It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
  My mom has a heart cat named Lucky. She's disabled
 and no longer living
 at home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is
 unwell and
 struggling. I went over to feed the cats during her
 hospitalization and
 Lucky did not look good. I took him to the vet: bad fleas,
 possible infected
 eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline
 leukemia. This makes my
 plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real
 challenge. The vet
 said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%
 protection...
 Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom,
 taking antibiotics
 (what a good cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure out
 how to make this
 work, longer term.
  Ideas???
  Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue
Yeah, I don't know this vet all that wellHe's young (which can be 
good -- maybe up on the latest technology) and I don't really have a read on 
him.  Maybe he's just a little bit in a hurry.  I'm thinking of taking Lucky 
to someone more experienced.  Frankly -- and I hate to say it -- but 
finances are a big consideration.  But if it is a matter of his quality of 
life, we'll have to find a way.

~B.
- Original Message - 
From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


I am very sure he does.  The drooling is a sign of contentment as is  the 
purring and kneading.  He sounds like a wonderful little guy.


How confident are you in your vet?  If the answer is not 110%,  consider a 
consultation with another vet.

On Sep 16, 2010, at 5:12 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma 
County.


Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew  I 
had to do something when I spotted him just after sunset one  evening on 
the neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was  the saddest, most 
forlorn sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that  this little guy was 
feeling abandoned and wondering what to do and  where to go.  My next act 
was to open a can of tuna to lure him in.   It worked.  Two days of 
feeding canned food and I nabbed him.  I  think he was relieved.  He is 
adjusting well (smartest cat I ever  met).  I went in an laid on the bed 
and he did all the things my mom  used to tell me about: drooling while 
he purred, kneading,  stretching out his full length next to me.  What a 
special cat,  indeed.  I am committed to helping him and keeping him safe 
and  healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe it's time you retire, you know? 
No more fights or catching rats -- just live the good life on easy 
street!  Hope he agrees!

- Original Message - From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


Personally, I would read the information on the board about the 
testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would  vaccinate 
my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.   Depending on what 
you decide to do about mixing (again this board  has lots of 
information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was  diagnosed with terminal 
cancer), you go forward the best way you  can.  A spare room is not a 
bad thing.  Just make all your  decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them  as 
stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I  cannot 
imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and  their 
separation has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue  Remedy in 
water and Feliway spray around the house.  There are  other things you 
can do to help.  I suspect your mother talked to  Lucky a lot.  Maybe a 
radio or even a recording of her voice?  If  you do the recording, 
consider a loop tape (like they use for  training parrots etc.  Record 
once and it repeats for so long a  time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she 
couldn't care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the 
floor for 3 months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally 
reached an agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet 
suggested the Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky  is 
not as upset by the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular  vets 
that I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and  works 
wonderfully with my regular vets (they sent me to her  initially).  I 
have a couple of names and numbers in Louisville KY  if you need them. 
They do phone consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy  every 
minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no  longer 
living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but  herself is 
unwell and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats  during her 
hospitalization and Lucky did not look good.  I took  him to the vet: 
bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and  tested weak  positive 
for feline leukemia. This makes my plan of  integrating  him into my 
3-cat household a real challenge.  The  vet said I could  get my three 
cats vaccinated providing 80%  protection...  Meanwhile, Lucky is 
sequestered in the spare  bedroom, taking  antibiotics (what a good 
cat!) and healing.  I'm  trying to figure out how to make this work, 
longer term.

Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue

Thanks, Tanya, that is helpful information.
Lucky is between 11 and 13 yrs.  My other cats are: 14, 9 and 7.  I keep my 
cats _strictly_ indoors.   Lucky would have to adapt to that life, or show 
me he will stay only in my yard (which, at his age, he might do).  Thanks 
for the info on IFA -- I will request that.
My main fears are(1) food and water dish sharing, and (2) litter box 
sharing.  I keep one box per cat, but that does not mean each cat uses its 
own box.  So I suspect there is box sharing.  And I know that they eat 
indiscriminately from the dishes.
- Original Message - 
From: TANYA NOE sashacatgodd...@yahoo.com

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 4:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia


   How old are your other cats? Cats develop some natural immunity with 
age. After the age of 1-3 they become less likely to develop FeLV. If 
vaccinated and over 3 the risk is there but small. How old is the cat that 
tested positive? If under a year there is a good chance the cats body can 
rid itself of the virus. I would wait 6 weeks and retest the cat again 
regardless of age and see if it still shows positive. You can also do an 
IFA which tests to see if the virus has settled into the bone marrow. Once 
in the marrow it cannot be eliminated from the body.
I have a 14 year old negative cat and a 2 year old positive cat. I do 
not separate them, there is still a small risk allowing them together but 
I vaccinate the negative one and cross my fingers. I don't know if I have 
ever seen anyone on here post that a neg turned pos from mixing, again 
though still a risk.


Hope this helps,
Tanya

--- On Thu, 9/16/10, Natalie at...@optonline.net wrote:


From: Natalie at...@optonline.net
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 2:55 PM
All vaccines are only about 80%
effectiveI really don't have much
experience with this because I have two very healthy
FeLV+ cats, living
separately from others. But I would think that if
retested, being only a
weak positive, maybe the cat will be negative! It
seems to have been
really run down, the immune system was definitely
compromised, fighting an
infection, fleasGood luck! Natalie

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org]
On Behalf Of Debbie Bates
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:23 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia


Bonnie, it got through! Hang in there for just a
bitthere are many
extremely well informed members who will have any and all
information you
need! I am not dealing with any felv cats, but come
here often so that I
stay informed

Debbie
We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience
them. - Kahlil
Gibran



 From: ho...@sonic.net
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 09:32:46 -0700
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Fw: New to Feline Leukemia

 This e-mail got bounced back to meam trying one
more time.
 - Original Message - 
 From: Bonnie Hogue

 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org

 Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 9:37 PM
 Subject: New to Feline Leukemia


 It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
 My mom has a heart cat named Lucky. She's disabled
and no longer living
at home. Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is
unwell and
struggling. I went over to feed the cats during her
hospitalization and
Lucky did not look good. I took him to the vet: bad fleas,
possible infected
eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline
leukemia. This makes my
plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real
challenge. The vet
said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%
protection...
Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom,
taking antibiotics
(what a good cat!) and healing. I'm trying to figure out
how to make this
work, longer term.
 Ideas???
 Thank you!
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