Re: [Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)

2013-05-06 Thread dlgegg
The group is always nearby, but I do know what you mean, especially when 
dealing with none cat people.

 Cheri Le cheri...@comcast.net wrote: 
 Hi! I recently vaccinated my four kitties and intermingled with a positive 
 cat. I feel great about it and since the integration my kitty is so much 
 happier  healthier! I admire your thoughts on doing it. I feel alone at 
 times. 

CHERI

On May 3, 2013, at 5:49 PM, dlg...@windstream.net wrote:

 So glad Abelardo is doing better!  Just keep giving him lots of love.  I 
 think that is one of the best things we can do for our FELV babies, let them 
 know they are loved.
 
 
  Michele Fougeres atomicbetti...@hotmail.com wrote: 
 Hi Dorlis, thank you so much for your message :)
 Abelardo is showing great progress, he has a huge appetite and is very 
 playful, one would never guess he's FeLV positive.
 When we rescued him, he slept all day and seemed to be tired all the time. 
 He had a urethral blockage and was hospitalized for 5 days. He has shown so 
 much improvement that our vet's hope are high, we don't know how long this 
 is going to last but we are so happy.
 Thanks for taking the time to send me this message, I'm looking forward to 
 hear from the rest of the group.
 Michéle
 
 Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:19:47 -0500
 From: dlg...@windstream.net
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)
 CC: atomicbetti...@hotmail.com
 
 There are others with more experience with young cats and you will be 
 hearing from them soon.
 
  Michele Fougeres atomicbetti...@hotmail.com wrote: 
 Hi everyone, I'm new to this group. My husband and I recently adopted a 
 male cat; we named him Abelardo. We noticed he wasn't in very good shape, 
 and that he was desperately looking for a home, so we rescued him. He's 
 FeLV positive and also has anemia. He has low counts for red blood cells, 
 hematocrit, hemoglobin and leukocytes. The test to determine if he was 
 FeLV positive
 was an antigen test (Elisa). No one performs IFA's tests in Ecuador, my 
 country of residence. The vet said that giving he’s a young cat and that he 
 has
 been fighting with a urinary tract infection and showing progress, it’s 
 possible that he will become a carrier and will be able to lead a normal 
 life. My research on the internet indicates that after diagnosis, cats 
 usually
 live for 3 or 4 more years. I asked the doctor about the chance of this 
 being a
 false positive, but he said that with the antigen test the margin of error 
 is
 very small.  I’ve read about cats that
 fight the virus and are able to eliminate it from their organisms, later
 testing negative for FeLV. I don’t want to have false expectations, but I 
 want
 to hang on to whatever hope there’s still out there for him.
 
 We've started him on a
 biostimulant therapy treatment that will last for 2 weeks with Yatren 
 Caseína (an
 immune stimulant manufactured by Bayer, don’t know if it’s sold in the USA),
 which consists of Casein and Yatreinic Acid. This is supposed to help him
 increase his white blood cells. We are
 hoping this will boost his immune system. He has also been taking 
 Isoprinosine and
 B complex with iron syrup for almost 2 weeks. I
 don’t know if my cat is receiving the best treatment or what should I do to
 increase the odds of him not having to suffer because of this terrible 
 illness.
 I’m willing to buy medicine from another country if needed.
 
 
 
 The vet advised to test my other
 cat after 30 days to see how he's doing -I have a 9 year old cat who's in 
 perfect health-. I'm concerned now as he shared the litter box and bowls 
 with the FeLV positive cat for almost 48 hours, I didn't even think about 
 this as a risk, and now I feel terribly guilty for placing my beloved pet 
 in danger. If he isn't infected, then I
 should look into applying him the FeLV vaccine, which is not sold in 
 Ecuador yet. I have to see if there are
 ways to purchase the vaccine in the US and have it sent to Ecuador through a
 merchant.
 
 
 
 I want to keep the FeLV positive cat
 with me, as chances are no one will want him or will take care of him the 
 way
 he needs to. We have grown so fond of him, he’s such an adorable, loving 
 cat. I thought about dividing my apartment so the sick cat will not have to
 remain confined in just one room. I can have the cats’ alternate spaces 
 every
 week, after disinfecting everything properly with Clorox and not letting 
 them
 share the same litter boxes or bowls. Do you think this will be a good idea?
 
 
 
 I'm desperate and I need all the information I can get, as you are all 
 going through the same ordeal, sometimes with moments of happiness when we 
 see even a little sign of improvement. It's comforting to be able to read 
 about your experiences. Abelardo has his ups and downs, days when he only 
 wants to sleep and not be bothered, and others when he's happy and more 
 active. He has kept a good appetite overall, 

Re: [Felvtalk] What to feed a finicky, sick kitten?

2013-05-06 Thread Lorrie
Very good news, Amanda, I never had any of my FelV cat PTS until they
were no long active or playing or eating. I keep them going as long as 
I can.

Lorrie

On 05-05, Amanda K. Payne wrote:
Thanks again for the responses.  I'm not sure if my original reply has
been posted yet or not.  Fortunately, Polli decided she liked food
again late Thursday night and has regained her appetite somewhat. She's
extremely thin now but is active and assisting me with cleaning and
gardening.  She also realized I keep some of her snacks in the fridge
and has started going to the fridge and meowing whenever she wants
food.
I realize that more than likely her life will be a short one.  She
isn't the first FeLV+ cat that has found me and I doubt she'll be the
last (they literally show up at my door or in my yard). However, I feel
that as long as she's up and about, using her litter box, playing and
drinking water, I owe it to her to try to get her to eat.
-Amanda


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[Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)

2013-05-06 Thread Gloria B. Lane
In my experience, my kittens that have been born with FELV and kept the virus 
havent live much past 2-3 yrs of age. But sometimes their immune systems will 
throw the virus off and they'll test negative later.  And my cats that have 
acquired FELV after birth can live a long time, and when be tested again (Elisa 
or IFA) can go negative.  With mine, usually once they get sick (not a cold but 
really sick), they dont come out of it, they drift away and pass on. Their 
passing is usually easy. 

I don't think I've had many(if any) die of leukemia, usually other things like 
lymphoma.  I vaccinate when new cats (not FELV) come into the house, generally 
not after that.  I had one cat die several years ago, had tested negative when 
she came in, but when I had her necropsied after death she was positive for 
FELV.  All the cats she was with tested negative.

I have two FELV cats now, have had them maybe 4 years, and they've never been 
sick.  BUT I only tested them once with the Elisa test, so need to test again 
and see if it shows positive or negative.

There are also some subtypes of the FELV virus and that may play a role in how 
a cat does.

I;ve used Interferon Alpha for immune stimulation, also Dr Belfield's Vitamin 
C, never used Interferon Omega.  Have recently come across a new homeopathic 
treatment at 
http://www.pets4homeopathy.com/feline-leukemia-feline-aids-immune-system.html, 
which sounds very good and I ordered some -

Best of Luck,

Gloria
in Arkansas




 From: Michele Fougeres atomicbetti...@hotmail.com
 Date: April 29, 2013 11:14:01 AM CDT
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Good morning from South America :)
 Reply-To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 
 
 Hi everyone, I'm new to this group. My husband and I recently adopted a male 
 cat; we named him Abelardo. We noticed he wasn't in very good shape, and that 
 he was desperately looking for a home, so we rescued him. He's FeLV positive 
 and also has anemia. He has low counts for red blood cells, hematocrit, 
 hemoglobin and leukocytes. The test to determine if he was FeLV positive was 
 an antigen test (Elisa). No one performs IFA's tests in Ecuador, my country 
 of residence. The vet said that giving he’s a young cat and that he has been 
 fighting with a urinary tract infection and showing progress, it’s possible 
 that he will become a carrier and will be able to lead a normal life. My 
 research on the internet indicates that after diagnosis, cats usually live 
 for 3 or 4 more years. I asked the doctor about the chance of this being a 
 false positive, but he said that with the antigen test the margin of error is 
 very small.  I’ve read about cats that fight the virus and are able to 
 eliminate it from their organisms, later testing negative for FeLV. I don’t 
 want to have false expectations, but I want to hang on to whatever hope 
 there’s still out there for him.
 
 We've started him on a biostimulant therapy treatment that will last for 2 
 weeks with Yatren Caseína (an immune stimulant manufactured by Bayer, don’t 
 know if it’s sold in the USA), which consists of Casein and Yatreinic Acid. 
 This is supposed to help him increase his white blood cells. We are hoping 
 this will boost his immune system. He has also been taking Isoprinosine and B 
 complex with iron syrup for almost 2 weeks. I don’t know if my cat is 
 receiving the best treatment or what should I do to increase the odds of him 
 not having to suffer because of this terrible illness. I’m willing to buy 
 medicine from another country if needed.
  
 The vet advised to test my other cat after 30 days to see how he's doing -I 
 have a 9 year old cat who's in perfect health-. I'm concerned now as he 
 shared the litter box and bowls with the FeLV positive cat for almost 48 
 hours, I didn't even think about this as a risk, and now I feel terribly 
 guilty for placing my beloved pet in danger. If he isn't infected, then I 
 should look into applying him the FeLV vaccine, which is not sold in Ecuador 
 yet. I have to see if there are ways to purchase the vaccine in the US and 
 have it sent to Ecuador through a merchant.
  
 I want to keep the FeLV positive cat with me, as chances are no one will want 
 him or will take care of him the way he needs to. We have grown so fond of 
 him, he’s such an adorable, loving cat. I thought about dividing my apartment 
 so the sick cat will not have to remain confined in just one room. I can have 
 the cats’ alternate spaces every week, after disinfecting everything properly 
 with Clorox and not letting them share the same litter boxes or bowls. Do you 
 think this will be a good idea?
  
 I'm desperate and I need all the information I can get, as you are all going 
 through the same ordeal, sometimes with moments of happiness when we see even 
 a little sign of improvement. It's comforting to be able to read about your 
 experiences. Abelardo has his ups and downs, days when he only