Re: [Felvtalk] Gloria Passing of B.B.

2008-12-04 Thread Amber Gilewski

   I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your
precious B.B.! It sounds like you took really good care of him in his
time of need. My heart and sincerest condolences go out to you. I
empathize with you deeply as I recently lost one of our FeLV cats as
well on Nov. 8th. May happy memories of your kitty fill your thoughts. 

   With great sympathy,

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Re: [Felvtalk] Losing Kitties reply to Tonya

2008-12-01 Thread Amber Gilewski

   Wow! I didn't know that FeLV cats could live as long as your cats have! 
That's amazing. As you've stated, you never really know how long you'll have 
with them. 
What cute names you've chosen for your felines! I don't know if I mentioned it 
before, but I got my second cat (that died recently) from our vet as well. They 
rescued him and suggested that I may want to take him in because I already had 
a FeLV positive cat. They were just as upset as I was when Parker passed away. 
My vet buried him in his yard and got him a headstone. He was one loved kitty!

   I do plan on taking in another positive someday (hopefully sooner rather 
than later!). I need a little bit more time to adjust to the loss of Parker, 
but want to rescue another one. I've been looking at this group's adoption page 
as well as Petfinder (under special needs cats) to see what next cat may need 
my help. Thanks again for your support and response. 

  Take care,

Welcome to the group.  I'm sorry for your loss, but thank you for taking in 
positive cats. 
Unfortunately with this disease you just never know when or if they are ever 
going to get sick from the felv.  
I have a 10 year old positive here with me as I type right now.  My first 
positive died around 8 years old.  
Others have lived lives into the high teens.  The bad thing about it is that 
when it hits, it can hit fast, as you have discovered.  
I don't know about the new med.s.  My cat is asymptomatic, so I don't give her 
any medicines, additives, etc just a good diet and
 a stress free (as possible) environment.  My girl DD was left at my vet's 
office and my vet talked me into taking her because 
I already had a positive cat.  Vet's call dropped off animals door dumps  and 
I named her DD because my first positive cat was CC (because I found her living 
behind a coke machine).   DD RULES my house.  Your positive cat could have many 
years ahead of her.  I hope you'll consider
 taking in another positive.  :)
  thank you!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Thank you everyone!

2008-11-28 Thread Amber Gilewski

I just wanted to thank everyone who posted in response to my LTIC/Imulan  
Losing Kitties message. Your support and well wishes were wonderful and 

Others who don't know much about FeLV can have some interesting responses 
sometimes. I had one of my neighbors come over to feed our cat Neo for a couple 
of days while we were away once. She ended up coming down with some horrible 
rash around the same time all over her body. She instantly thought it was due 
to FeLV. Even her vet told her it wouldn't have caused those symptoms in 
people! I don't know if she ever found out the true cause of her skin 
condition, but again the first thought was to blame my cat!

But I digress. Hopefully I'll find a cat sitter next time I go away that isn't 
fearful of the illness. 

We started Neo on the LTIC shots this past week. He's in good health now so 
hopefully it will prolong his life. Does anyone have experience with LTIC with 
their kitties?

Thanks again and I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. :)

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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI Response

2008-11-28 Thread Amber Gilewski

   I'm so sorry to hear about your little Gray Kitty! When our cat Parker died 
earlier this month, I found out about
LTCI afterwards. I wondered if I would have known about it sooner if I could 
have given him this medicine to help him.
He was severely anemic towards the end with no red blood cells. From what you 
are indicating, it may get to a point
with the illness where it's too late, huh? 

  I wish you the best with the precious time you have left with your little 
one. It certainly makes you appreciate the
time you have together, I'm sure. I recently made a picture book (using my 
laptop  digital photos) in memoriam to Parker.
It was my special way of honoring him and whenever I look at it it's a mixed 
bag of emotions (sadness that he's gone,
but happiness at the good memories we formed). I don't know if you have taken 
many pictures of your Gray Kitty, but it
may help later to have all of those memories in picture form to look back and 
reminisce. Take care. 


We have been using LTCI on our little Gray Kitty.  However, since his diagnosis 
on September 6 of this year, the disease has progressed to his bone marrow.  At 
this point we are not sure if anything will help him.  We have not run into 
another situation such as ours.  We took in a stray pregnant female in 2007, 
which tested negative for the FelV.  She had 3 male kittens, which we all kept. 
 Our Gray Kitty is the only one that has been diagnosed with the FelV.  The 
other two test negative.  Also Gray Kitty is the only one with the B type 
blood.  We are so puzzled, shocked, and very saddened that he has come down 
with this disease.  We know our time with him is so very precious. Amber,

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Re: [Felvtalk] LTIC/Imulan Losing kitties

2008-11-25 Thread Amber Gilewski

Hello everyone,

   I am new to this listserv, but wanted to thank all of you in advance
for your insights and kindness! I recently adopted 2 FeLV positive
cats, Neo and Parker (1 in April and 1 in September). I knew their
lives would be cut short by the illness, but wanted to give them a
happy, comfortable life before they left this world. 


  Some friends and family members have given us grief over purposely
adopting these sick kitties. I've heard things to the effect of You'll
be sad when they die to You're keeping a healthy cat from having a
home. But I didn't (and still don't care) what the naysayers have to
say. I know that I'm doing a good service to these cats that otherwise
would be euthanized before they  needed to be or would be without a
loving home. Someone (who was in my corner) told me that she worked at
a shelter once and no one would even play with the FeLV cats, let alone
adopt them. This solidified my belief for the need of loving homes of
these forgotten felines! Their happiness is more important than my
sadness, as profound as it may be. 


  I'm saddened to report that baby Parker (who we got more recently in
September) died on November 8th. It was a sad death as he suddenly
collapsed and died a couple of hours later in our home. It was late at
night and the emergency vet closest to us was in surgery. Other vet
services were an hour or more away. We saw him take his last few
breaths and wanted to end his suffering sooner (but couldn't). But he
died knowing (hopefully) that he was loved and that he didn't die
alone. He was the sweetest cat ever! :(


  Our other cat, Neo is doing great! He's not showing any symptoms, has
put on weight since we got him, and has a strong appetite! I recently
read about LTIC/Imulan and told my vet about it. He didn't know too
much about it as it's a newer medication, but I asked him to order some
for Neo. It's quite expensive, but if I would have known about it
sooner I would have tried it on little baby Parker to help him. Since
Neo is quite healthy, I'm not sure what effect it will have on him, but
I'd do anything to keep him as healthy as we can for as long as we can.
I'd be most pleased if anyone tries this with their cat and could tell
me how it works out. Also, did  your cat have any symptoms before or
were they asymptomatic before starting treatment?


   Thanks for reading and for all that you do for your beloved cats!


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