Re: [Felvtalk] Anemic Leukemia Positive Cat

2012-11-08 Thread Christy Buchin
We did a blood transfusion on our cat  started him on Prednisone. He also went 
on LTCI injections. 

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On Nov 8, 2012, at 11:38 AM, Lee Evans moonsiste...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I am fostering one of my former colony cats.  My friend is now feeding the 
 colony, which was hers to begin with but since I moved out of the county and 
 live 35 miles away, she has had to take back the care of the 7 colonies with 
 which I was helping her.
 
 Desi, the cat I am now fostering has lost a lot of weight.  My friend took 
 him to the vet and the cat has tested positive for FeLv.  His PCV test is at 
 10 and the vet doesn't hold out much hope for long term survival.   In 
 addition, the vet felt a small mass near the cat's liver.  However, what's 
 puzzling is that Desi is still eating, still grooming, his fur is shiny like 
 a healthy cat.  His eyes were clear and bright last night but had a little 
 gunk on one cheek this morning.  But they are still wide and bright and he 
 doesn't seem to be in any discomfort or pain.  One thing though is that he's 
 weak.  He walks slowly and sits down after a few steps but then he gets up, 
 rubs against me and then sits again. His belly is large but i can feel his 
 backbone when I stroke him.  When I knew him as a street cat, he was plump 
 and active and mischievous. I have known him since he was a half grown 
 kitten. He was one of many black cats born to a black feral mom cat in the 
 colony but he was friendly to me and my rescue partner.  When we got them 
 neutered, we did not test them for anything because we don't have money for 
 that.  Desi is about 4 years old.  The colony hangs out at an office park. 
 
 I'm wondering if there's any way short of a transfusion to deal with his 
 anemia.  I'm giving him Nutra Ved vitamins daily, .5 cc. twice a day.  I 
 can't afford the transfusion and with a leukemia positive cat I don't feel it 
 would be wise or that any vet would be willing to do that.
  
 Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty 
 neighbors too!
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Anemic Leukemia Positive Cat

2012-11-08 Thread Christy Buchin
After 4 years, and many, many, different treatments, he tests negative for 
FeLV. He is almost off his steroids, while maintaining a normal hematocrit. We 
have consulted with many specialists over these past 4 years. Gray cats journey 
has been documented with UC Davis  a veterinary journal. We started a journey 
with hopes of helping other FeLV cats.
Gray's story is a very long one, in which I have hopes of publishing one day.

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On Nov 8, 2012, at 7:02 PM, Marta Gasper marta.gas...@yahoo.com wrote:

 There are a couple of issues with Desi; at first glance I'd say he has FIP 
 but if the vet felt a mass that could be a reason why his belly is large but 
 you can fill his backbone; fluid around a tumor.
 A cat that is FeLV+ will have anemia at some point, pernicious anemia, non 
 regeranative. It can be delayed with transfusions but the outcome is the same.
 M
 
  
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 Cc: felvtalk felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
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 We did a blood transfusion on our cat  started him on Prednisone. He also 
 went on LTCI injections. 
 
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 On Nov 8, 2012, at 11:38 AM, Lee Evans moonsiste...@yahoo.com wrote:
 
 I am fostering one of my former colony cats.  My friend is now feeding the 
 colony, which was hers to begin with but since I moved out of the county and 
 live 35 miles away, she has had to take back the care of the 7 colonies with 
 which I was helping her.
 
 Desi, the cat I am now fostering has lost a lot of weight.  My friend took 
 him to the vet and the cat has tested positive for FeLv.  His PCV test is at 
 10 and the vet doesn't hold out much hope for long term survival.  In 
 addition, the vet felt a small mass near the cat's liver.  However, what's 
 puzzling is that Desi is still eating, still grooming, his fur is shiny like 
 a healthy cat.  His eyes were clear and bright last night but had a little 
 gunk on one cheek this morning.  But they are still wide and bright and he 
 doesn't seem to be in any discomfort or pain.  One thing though is that he's 
 weak.  He walks slowly and sits down after a few steps but then he gets up, 
 rubs against me and then sits again. His belly is large but i can feel his 
 backbone when I stroke him.  When I knew him as a street cat, he was plump 
 and active and mischievous. I have known him since he was a half grown 
 kitten. He was one of many black cats born to a black feral mom cat in the 
 colony but he was friendly to me and my rescue partner.  When we got them 
 neutered, we did not test them for anything because we don't have money for 
 that.  Desi is about 4 years old.  The colony hangs out at an office park. 
 
 I'm wondering if there's any way short of a transfusion to deal with his 
 anemia.  I'm giving him Nutra Ved vitamins daily, .5 cc. twice a day.  I 
 can't afford the transfusion and with a leukemia positive cat I don't feel 
 it would be wise or that any vet would be willing to do that.
  
 Spay and Neuter your cats and dogs and your weird relatives and nasty 
 neighbors too!
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon

2012-10-12 Thread Christy Buchin
My cat Gray Kitty was diagnosed with FeLV and severe anemia. Thank you for a 
specialist we found, our family vet, Interferon, LTCI, steroids, two blood 
transfusions, splenectomy, etc., he tests negative  is almost off steroids. UC 
Davis now has asked to use him in their study  the specialist is using his 
study for veterinarian studies. His story is a very long one. I just supplied 
the short version.

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On Oct 12, 2012, at 10:49 AM, Lisa Conner lisa.con...@syniverse.com wrote:

  
  
 Hi All,
  
 I think everyone was so hung up with this politcal debate,  no one saw my 2 
 questions on Interferon and the length of years a Felv + cat has lived.
  
  Ok-  so,  I joined when my 9 + year old boy, Prancer became very 
 sick..literally overnight.  He breathing was extremely labored and I rushed 
 him to the Emergency Vet.  They said he was critical ,  and didn’t think he 
 was going to make it.  May be best to put him to sleep since he was Felv+ and 
 needed oxygen and and his gums were pale.  That night they extracted 3 ½ cups 
 of fluid from his lungs.  Thank goodness, because that saved his life.  In 
 the morning we transferred him to our regular vet and our vet thought it was 
 his heart.  He was right.  The ultrasound showed a huge mass tumor at the 
 base of his heart.   The vet wasn’t sure how much time Prancer had, however, 
 he said it might be a day or week,   depending on how much fluid built up in 
 his lung area.  Within 4 days, the fluid was back and I could not have him 
 suffer as I lost my Dad to the the suffering of congestive heart failure 
 (with build up of fluid in the lungs). 
  
 So, my vet believes that Interferon might have helped Prancer over the years, 
 since in all his years in practice,  they have not seen a cat like Prancer, 
 great health  for 9 ½ years, but be Felv +. 
  
 Has anyone in this group used Interferon with their cats and what is the 
 typical avg span life for Felv+ cats? 
  
 Thanks!
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Re: [Felvtalk] RACCOON GETTING INTO CAT STATION

2012-06-01 Thread Christy Buchin
I have a raccoon that thinks he's a cat! The mom cat comes to eat in the 
mornings  when I open my back patio door, the cat comes running  then the 
raccoon comes running! lol

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On Jun 1, 2012, at 6:56 PM, Beth create_me_...@yahoo.com wrote:

 I actually had a baby opossum that somehow got into my house. My cats just 
 sat there and looked at it like it was an alien. The opossum paid no 
 attention to the cats. My dog keeps them off the porch where some of the 
 ferals feed. She hates opossums.
 
 Natalie at...@optonline.net wrote:
 
 Whenever someone dumps a cat around here, I always see them eating together 
 with possums - it's amazing.  The first time I saw it, I was really 
 terrified for the cat!
 
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 cats and possums getting along.  That was one worry I had about feeding the 
 birds, that the cats could be hurt by them.  So far, all my cats have enough 
 good sense to back off when they and the coons come up to eat.  Somehow they 
 seem to know they could not win a fight with either one of them.  Coons can 
 kill a full grown dog, especially if they get them in enough water to hold 
 their head down until the drown them.
  Dana Giordano giordano.d...@gmail.com wrote: 
 I feed mine on the ground inside a bin which I have cut out the sides of so 
 they can pass through. I lean boards up   Against the sides. It's low 
 perfect for a cat and opossums but apparently too low and awkward for a 
 raccoon to get in there. I put a large deep square plastic food bin inside 
 and a piece of styrofoam on the floor inside to wedge the food bin into one 
 place. Opossums and cats get along fine so I let them share. My main issues 
 end up being ants and slugs which I use food grade diacetemous earth and 
 sandpaper to deter. I also have a rope light out there - dunno if that 
 deters so wanted to mention it. Hope that helps.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] update on Sylvia

2012-04-28 Thread Christy Buchin
I have been where you are! Unexplained fever for months, fluids weekly, anemia, 
steroids, (which we are now weaning after 3 years), weekly CBC's, splenectomy, 
bone marrow aspirations, chemo drug, LTCI injections, Interferon.for the 
last 2 years, he has tested negative.

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On Apr 28, 2012, at 11:17 AM, Anna Waltman anna.walt...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi all,
 Thanks to everyone who responded last week. Your advice means a lot to me, as 
 do your kind words of support. Most of my friends here are not pet owners, so 
 hearing from folks who have been through the same thing makes me feel way 
 less alone. So again, thank you.
 
 At our last vet appointment, Sylvia's hematocrit was up to 31 from 28, which 
 may be a good sign re: the anemia. I've switched the cats to EVO Herring and 
 Salmon because that's the smelliest and seems to be Sylvia's favorite (she 
 prefers it to A/D soft food). Her fever, unfortunately, has not responded to 
 antibiotics. She's had a shot of Convenia, and I'm giving her antibiotics at 
 home, too; we started with zeniquin, but it didn't seem to help, so the vet 
 switched us onto doxycycline. She's eating enough on her own that the vet 
 doesn't think we need to worry about assisted feeding or tube feeding, but 
 she does have me giving subcutaneous fluids at home daily as long as Sylvia's 
 fever is over 103 (she's been steady at 104 for over a week). We do have some 
 new symptoms, too: her nose is extremely runny/stuffy, she's sneezing a lot 
 and sniffling, and her eyes look very watery. The discharge is clear. Because 
 she's not responding to antibiotics, the vet started her on steroids 
 (prednisolone) today. She suspects that Sylvia has either an immune-mediated 
 anemia or potentially FLV-related cancer, and thinks the steroids might help. 
 I am under strict instructions to continue giving subcutaenous fluids and 
 antibiotics along with the prednisolone.
 
 Sylvia seems to be feeling better than she was when I originally posted. 
 She's not hiding under the bed, but has been sleeping out in the open on the 
 couch and occasionally getting up to watch birds out the window on the 
 armchair or hang out on the floor for a bit. She purred a little last night 
 and seems quite happy to get attention/cuddles. She's still interested in 
 treats, too. I'm trying to encourage her to eat as much as I can, and the vet 
 says the steroids should help with that.
 
 Anything I need to look out for with the steroids? Have any of you had 
 treatment go this route? I'm not at all clear on what the prognosis is for 
 Sylvia right now, though I'd assume that if we're dealing with cancer that 
 the steroids aren't a permanent fix. Any information you have that can help 
 me figure out what to expect would be immensely helpful.
 Many thanks, and lots of luck to all of you and yours.
 Best,
 Anna, Sylvia, and Beatrice
 
 
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 PhD student  Teaching Associate
 Department of English and American Literature
 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
 
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2011-10-03 Thread Christy Buchin
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[Felvtalk] Fwd: this has been your time to shine...

2011-09-29 Thread Christy Buchin
Hola.
I learned to expect the unexpected without this id still be completely 
distraught its funny how the tables have turned I figured I should share the 
wealth
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2011-07-27 Thread Christy Buchin
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Re: [Felvtalk] Casper is positive

2010-03-09 Thread Christy Buchin

Gray Kitty was diagnosed in 2007 as FeLV +.  He now test negative, however, we 
are dealing with Steroid Responsive Regenerative Anemia.  He has been on a high 
dosage of Pred for a year.  We are looking into alternatives such as 
Cyclosporin.
 
 From: fs...@roadrunner.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 19:47:44 -0500
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Casper is positive
 
 My poor sweet Casper is FeLV+. So by making the decision to mix I have 
 condemned him. He is anemic and he is going on Doxycyclne and Prednosolone. 
 Has anyone ever heard of a cat that has anemia living longer then a few 
 months?
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Re: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy Rosie

2009-09-21 Thread Christy Buchin

Gray Kitty just turned 2 years old on September 6th.  He was diagnoses on his 
1st birthday.  Up until about 3 or so months ago, he still tested positive with 
both types of tests.  He has had two blood transfusions and two bone marrow 
biopsies.  The second biopsy confirmed the FeLV had gone into his bone marrow 
at UCD.  We also work with a specialist out of Michigan who used to do bone 
marrow transplants in cats.  He along with our vet, has guided us with is meds. 
 We are currently reducing his Prednisolone as he has started a new one that 
will not have as much harmful long term effects on him.
 
 From: gcru...@centurytel.net
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:34:12 -0500
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] First Doses of Imulan For Murphy  Rosie
 
 Hi,
 
 Glad your kitty is testing negative. Could you answer a few questions,
 please?
 
 How old is you cat? How long ago did he test positive for FeLV? Did he test
 positive on an IFA test, or just the SNAP test? How many LTCI shots has he
 had? And why is he on an immune modulator like LTCI and at the same time on
 an immune suppressant like pred.?
 
 Thanks,
 Gary
 
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 I wish you the best! My cat uses the same medication  has tested 
 negative for leukemia for the last few months. We have no idea if it 
 is the injections or what. He is also on Prednisolone  has bi-weekly 
 blood test to check levels. We just take one day at a time. Hang in 
 there!
 
 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Imulan - a t cell lymphocytic immunomodulator

2009-08-25 Thread Christy Buchin

I have shared this information here before.  However, our cat, Gray Kitty, was 
diagnosed with FeLV on September 6, 2008.  At that time he has a hematocrit of 
9%..very near death.  We have used LTCI since his second blood transfusion, 
which has been many, many, months ago.  We also use Prednisolone twice daily.  
As of today, he is testing negative for FeLV.  He has  the non-regenerative 
anemia, and so far so good, his HCT has stayed within normal limits.  We have 
now just gone down to once monthly on the LTCI and see how he does.  We also 
consult with a specialist long distance, that has done his research in bone 
marrow transfusions in cats.  Our cat will be used in his studies as well as a 
case study with our own Vet.  We hope we can have continued success.  We also 
know reality and that he will not live for many, many years.  However, we have 
appreciated the time that we have had with him and hope for the best.
 
 Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 16:19:58 -0500
 From: jb...@tds.net
 To: Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Imulan - a t cell lymphocytic immunomodulator
 
 Hello everyone,
 
 I really hope this email works. I have been a part of this community for
 awhile but don't often respond. I did, however, want to share this with
 you.
 
 I have had two cats die from severe anemia and bone marrow suppression
 associated from felv+. It is a common cause of death for these guys and I
 have heard over and again in this forum.
 
 I currently have another sweet little girl who is about 1 1/2 years old.
 She was doing well until recently when she started to become lethargic,
 stopped eating and was found to have a hematocrit of 11%. This is really,
 really, really low. It is a non-regenerative anemia, with signs of
 lymphoma. This is pretty much a death sentence for these guys. A blood
 transfusion would only prolong the sufferng
 
 So here's the deal. I found a vet that had the immunomodulator (from
 Imulan), got the shot and gave it to her on Friday. Her energy is gradually
 improving, her mucous membrane are pinking up and there are signs of
 improvement.
 
 I don't know if she'll pull through or not, but I have to tell you that this
 is currently the best option out there for treating this disease. I found
 some of the information on it. There is rapid and profound improvement of
 anemia, an increase in bone marrow activity and in some cases, return to
 normal with negative testing for the virus.
 
 I know there isn't a full proof cure out there but I have to say this may
 prove to be very helpful. The long terms studies are still pending.
 
 So here's the deal, if you have a felv+ with bone marrow suppression
 (including anemia - low red blood cells, thrombocytopenia - low platelets,
 neutropenia - low levels of neutrophils, or lymphopenia - low lymphocyte
 count) and may or may not have the associated infections; I highly
 recommend giving this a try.
 
 It is a simple subcutaneous shot given weekly at first and than monthly with
 improvement of bone marrow suppression and clinical symptoms. It requires a
 vet order to get it.
 
 It is a far better alternative than the repeat cycle of blood transfusions,
 antibiotic regimens and prednisone.
 
 I will let you know how she does.
 
 Good luck everyone and God bless you for your generous and selfless hearts.
 
 Jenny
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Re: [Felvtalk] Difficult decision

2009-08-11 Thread Christy Buchin

Lorrie,

I am so sorry for your heart ache.  Is there any time for a blood transfusion?  
When I had asked my family vet about anemia, (my cat was down to a HCT of 9 at 
one point), he said they become very lethargic and just get tired and weak and 
eventually pass.  I wish you the very best!!  I am so sorry!
 
 Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:02:50 -0400
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 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Difficult decision
 
 Dear Friends, I have a difficult decision to make, and I hope you
 can help... I have several FelV cats at a shelter I have in
 town. Most remain in good health by all appearances, however one 8
 year old female has been steadily losing weight, she is now very
 anemic; extremely emaciatedm and she stopped eating two days ago. She
 will still lick a bit of baby food from my fingers, and she is still
 drinking water, but this is all. I know she is probably going to die
 soon, but I want her to die in familiar surroundings where she is
 loved, rather than having to make a trip to the vet which is always
 terrifying for cats. The vets here will not come out to see or
 euthanize a sick cat.
 
 This cat does not appear to be in any pain. She has no tumors, nor
 neurogical symptoms, but I know she will soon die from the anemia.
 I do not believe in extending the life of a cat who has a terminal
 illness, therefore I will not put her through transfusions or heroic
 measures. If I had a terminal illness I would not wish this for
 myself!
 
 What I'm asking is this I'm sure some of you have had anemic
 FelV cats and I want to know if dying from anemia is painful. If so
 I will have her put to sleep. Even though I know the trip to the vet
 will be frightening for her... I do not want her to suffer.
 
 Thank you for your help,
 
 Lorrie
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Please add Jonathan to the Bridge list

2009-04-02 Thread Christy Buchin

Anne,

I am from Jackson.  I currently live in California, but visit there twice a 
year to see family.  Facebook is very easy to use, once you get the hang of it! 
 ha ha  Hope to see you there.
 
 From: anne.ann...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:14:16 -0400
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Please add Jonathan to the Bridge list
 
 Thanks, Terrie, so much, as always. I love what you do for the Siamese 
 kitties. They have always caught my heart and Jonathan was no exception 
 from the very start. :-)
 
 Christy, thank you for your kind note. I live in a little rural town 
 northeast of Flint. Where are you? I will keep this email as new so I 
 can remember to check your name next time I go to Facebook. I rarely go 
 there as I am kind of a dummy when it comes to Facebook!
 
 Anne in Michigan and FELV angels Nala, Jimi Too Cool, Buggs and Simms
 among other beloveds who are living and passed on
 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Please add Jonathan to the Bridge list

2009-03-30 Thread Christy Buchin

Anne,

I am so sorry to hear about Johathan!!  I too am from Michigan!  I am currently 
living in California.  Are you on face book?  If so, look for Christy Stetler.

Thanks! :o)
 
 From: anne.ann...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 13:54:02 -0400
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Please add Jonathan to the Bridge list
 
 Jonathan died on March 3, 2009 of undetermined causes. He had recurrent 
 colitis but otherwise, his blood work and physicals were fine. Jonathan was 
 17. He was not FELV positive. I adopted him at age 9 from a cat shelter. He 
 was a polite, beautiful easygoing Ragdoll with Siamese type markings. He took 
 years to warm to me as he was so broken hearted to lose his family. He was a 
 lovely friend and companion in his last years.
 
 Thank you,
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Re: [Felvtalk] Anyone else on Facebook?

2009-03-26 Thread Christy Buchin

I am on face bookunder Christy Stetler
 
 Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 02:15:54 -0500
 From: moonv...@gmail.com
 To: Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Anyone else on Facebook?
 
 I'd love to add you if so.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] elevated liver enzymes

2009-03-26 Thread Christy Buchin

My Gray Kitty has had increased liver enzymes as well.  His went into the 
3,000!  It was due to the high steroid dosage.  As soon as we reduced it, it 
has since gone into the 300's.  He too was acting normal throughout.  
 
 Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2009 11:44:25 -0400
 From: fs...@roadrunner.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 CC: lauriesk...@mchsi.com
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] elevated liver enzymes
 
 Since my original post Orlando has finished a course of Clavamox. In July his 
 liver enzyme was 64. In Feb. before the antibiotic it was 191, and last 
 Saturday it was 224. Not extremely high, but still odd that it is going up. 
 He is eating normally and acting completely normal. The vet told me to start 
 giving him vitaman E and Milk Thistle and we will test him again in 6 months. 
 Meanwhile I will just watch him carefull to make sure his behavior does not 
 change. At this point the vet is trying to avoid a liver biopsy because his 
 levels are not that bad and the biopsy is so invasive.
 Sue
 
  Laurieskatz lauriesk...@mchsi.com wrote: 
  I have experienced this twice with friends' kitties (accompanied them to the
  specialist). It was related to anorexia (we never did figure out why the one
  kitty wasn't eating..the other kitty had dental issues that turned out to be
  something else). Both had a feeding tube placed (E tube). From my
  understanding, this is an urgent matter.
  Laurie
  
  
  
    Sue  Frank Koren fs...@roadrunner.com wrote: 
Orlando, my 10 year old FeLV+ began urinating on the bathroom rug just
  over a week ago. I figured out who was doing it on Saturday and got him in
  to the vet on Monday. They tested his urine and blood and the vet called me
  today with the results. She said his liver enzymes are elevated and his
  white cell levels are high. She is going to put him on an antibiotic and
  re-do the tests in two weeks. (When I asked the name of the anti-biotic she
  side stepped the question and just said is is a pill wrapped in foil. I am
  currently looking for another vet because there is only one vet in this
  practice that I fully trust and it is very hard to get to see him.) 
Anyway, can anyone tell me what would make his liver enzymes elevated?
  The advise I have gotten on this list has proved to be better then the
  advise from this particular vet in the past, so I would very much appreciate
  any input.

   
  
  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Shots for Felv/Re Testing for Non Felv Cat

2009-02-19 Thread Christy Buchin

We decided to by pass the vaccines for our FeLV cat.  We figure his body has 
been through enough, so we did not want to subject him to the exposure.  Our 
Vet agreed with that decision.
 
 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 13:59:20 -0500
 From: mian...@gmail.com
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Shots for Felv/Re Testing for Non Felv Cat
 
 Hi everyone
 
 
 My kitten Bernie was diagnosed with Felv about 2 months after we got him
 home from the shelter. He was on interferon for 45 days, retested, and is
 still positive. When we got him from the shelter he did not have his second
 set of vaccinations yet. He is now 8 months old.
 
 I am taking him to the vet tonight to get the shots. The vet said she would
 split up the doses so his body could handle them. I think I will go back in
 3 weeks and get the rest. I am still a little nervous about him getting the
 shots and becoming sick.
 
 He was symptom free for about 40 days and then he had a bad day where he
 wouldn't eat. Otherwise, he has been acting like a normal kitten. No more
 soft stool, good appetite (besides his bad day), good energy. Still give
 him interferon once a day.
 
 Has anyone had an experience with the vaccinations? Is there a good chance
 he could die from the shots? I know he needs them.. but I am nervous about
 it.
 
 Also, I decided to keep my non Felv cat (Brady) with Bernie. The vet told us
 to get Brady re-tested in 3 1/2 months. He tested negative the first time.
 My question is, how often should you have your non Felv Cat tested? I was
 thinking once a year would be ok? Every 3 1/2 months sounds like too
 much.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Assisted Feeding

2009-02-19 Thread Christy Buchin

Dawn,

I am not sure what State you live in, however, the first transfusion for a cat 
can be from any donor cat.  After that however, you need to have the correct 
type.  Because our cat has B blood, which is very rare, we searched and found a 
animal blood bank that was within driving distance for us.  You can also have 
it shipped express.  It cost about $200 for the blood.  Just an FYI in case you 
did not know about that.

Best Wishes!  
 
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 19:42:30 -0500
 From: mdgallo...@aol.com
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Assisted Feeding
 
 Thank you all so much for your information and especially for your kind words 
 and prayers. Macy has been sleeping most of the day and when she does walk, 
 she tires so easily and her back legs seem to be going. I had to go to 
 physical therapy today and who cam in but the vet. I gave her the update and 
 she said that she needs a transfusion. My son, the vet tech, has 7 cats so 
 he's taking them in tomorrow to see if any of them are a match. I also have a 
 negative cat that they'll check. Unfortunately, my husband and I have to go 
 out of town tomorrow and won't return until Sunday evening. It is a comfort 
 that she'll be in good hands with my son.
 
 Please pray that we'll find a donor and that the transfusion is successful. 
 Thank you all so much.
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Assisted Feeding

2009-02-18 Thread Christy Buchin

Hang in there!  With a blood transfusion it could really help.  They are a 
little costly but so worth it.  Our Gray Kitty's Hematocrit was at an all time 
low of 9!  They had no idea how he was still alive.  With the blood transfusion 
it brought his Hematocrit back within the normal range and bought us some time 
to start other treatments as well.
 
 From: gcru...@centurytel.net
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 17:25:59 -0600
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Assisted Feeding
 
 You didn't say exactly what was bad in the blood work but I'm going to guess
 she was very anemic. If that is the case, you need more than assisted
 feeding. Depending on what the numbers are, she might need an immediate
 transfusion just to give you a little time to try some things and there is
 no guarantee. It is really hard to win against a fast moving anemia.
 
 Gary
 
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 Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 3:04 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Assisted Feeding
 
 My Macy is only 10 1/2 mos. and I took her to the vet yesterday because she
 had become lethargic and wasn't playing. My son is one of the vet techs so
 they know us and have been with Macy since we got her at 10 wks old. She was
 a feral cat in the neighborhood. We even tried catnip on her favorite toy,
 Mr. Lion. After an exam, urinalysis and blood work, the vet came in and just
 stood there, too upset to talk. Macy's blood count is so bad they don't know
 how she's even walking, although she still jumps up on furniture but not
 with much energy. They said she only has a few days.
 
 I've read about assisted feeding but don't recall anyone saying what they're
 feeding the cat. She is still eating a very small amount but if more is
 going to help her, we're willing to try anything. I'd appreciate any advice
 or suggestions.
 
 Dawn
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Re: [Felvtalk] Elevated liver enzymes

2009-02-16 Thread Christy Buchin

I know our Gray Kitty's liver enzymes went up using some of the herbal meds.  
Once we backed off from some of them, they stabilized.  We do blood work every 
2 weeks to monitor all levels. Date: Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:26:18 -0500 From: 
fs...@roadrunner.com To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: [Felvtalk] 
Elevated liver enzymes  Orlando, my 10 year old FeLV+ began urinating on the 
bathroom rug just over a week ago. I figured out who was doing it on Saturday 
and got him in to the vet on Monday. They tested his urine and blood and the 
vet called me today with the results. She said his liver enzymes are elevated 
and his white cell levels are high. She is going to put him on an antibiotic 
and re-do the tests in two weeks. (When I asked the name of the anti-biotic she 
side stepped the question and just said is is a pill wrapped in foil. I am 
currently looking for another vet because there is only one vet in this 
practice that I fully trust and it is very hard to get to see him.)  Anyway, 
can anyone tell me what would make his liver enzymes elevated? The advise I 
have gotten on this list has proved to be better then the advise from this 
particular vet in the past, so I would very much appreciate any input.  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Anemia

2009-01-22 Thread Christy Buchin

Yes, the Hi Vites were recommended by our Vet for our anemic cat, which we give 
twice daily along with all his other meds. Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 09:26:27 
-0500 From: furrygi...@gmail.com To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: 
Re: [Felvtalk] Anemia  Hi Vite drops are a good iron supplement, available at 
most vets I think  not particularly expensive. It does have other 
vitamins/minerals in it, so good to check the ingredient list if your cat is 
high in any areas that need to be watched/ingredients avoided.  On Sun, Jan 
18, 2009 at 2:48 PM, Sally Davis putty...@gmail.com wrote:   Some have 
used childrens liquid viatmins with iron. You may have to consult  your vet 
about dosage. Just a thought.   Sally  Sally(me), Eric (not a 
cat),Junior(angel), Tiny(angel) Fluffy(soul mate  angel), 
Lionel(angel),Speedy, Grey and White, Ittle Bitty, Little Black,  Lily, 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Anemia AZT

2009-01-22 Thread Christy Buchin

The leukemia has reach the bone marrow of our cat Gray Kitty as well.  We were 
told in November by the University of California Davis that he had weeks to 
live.  He is still fighting to live.  We have him on Interferon, LTCI 
Injections weekly, high doses of Steroids as well. Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 
09:13:39 -0800 From: mg4...@yahoo.com.br To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 
Subject: [Felvtalk] Anemia  AZT   Dear All,   I was so upset with my sick 
cat that I did not introduce myself as new to list a few days ago.  I do 
apologize.  I am writing from Brazil, have two rescued cats.  One of them is 
Felv+.  He has been treated on AZT and interferon for 2 years and half. The 
virus reached his bone marrow and he has anemia.  Two vets have examined him.  
One said that I should stop with the AZT and the other advised to continue.  I 
failed to find on the mail archives any report on cats being treated with AZT. 
I would be most grateful to hear what any of you have to say.   Regards,  
Graça Azevedo   Veja quais são os assuntos do momento no Yahoo! +Buscados 
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Re: [Felvtalk] (Fwd) Blood transfusion on Felv+ cat

2009-01-22 Thread Christy Buchin

We transfused our cat Gray Kitty twice now.  The lowest his hematocrit ever 
went was 9.  After each transfusion he went up to around 30-35 which is in the 
normal range, then dipped down to 18-20 where he remains.   From: 
phaed...@charter.net To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 
21:04:36 -0600 Subject: [Felvtalk] (Fwd) Blood transfusion on Felv+ cat  
--- Forwarded message follows --- From: Jennifer Dykhouse  
redg...@hotmail.com To: felvtalk-ow...@felineleukemia.org Subject: Blood 
transfusion on Felv+ cat Date sent: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 14:17:45 -0500   Hello 
everyone,  I thought I'd let you know how the blood transfusion  
helped/didn't help my Felv+ cat, so that if you need to  reach that decision, 
you can see my example.  The day before we did the blood transfusion, Mr. 
Darcy's  hematocrit count was at 7 (I was told that 30 is the lowest  you can 
be and still be healthy). He was extremely  lethargic and as a result would 
eat. He lost 2 pounds in a  month (even with us assist feeding him) and he was 
 starting to catch a respiratory bug.  Right after the transfusion, which 
cost 800 dollars and  took about 5 hours, his hematocrit was at 17. That's  
great, but I am upset. I was thinking he'd be brought up to  a healthy level, 
not just a slightly better level. He had  perked up and he is eating turkey 
baby food now, but he  still is extremely tired and now he has balance 
troubles.   What I am most upset with was the lack of information  from my 
vet and the animal hospital. When told about the  blood transfusion by my 
normal vet, she made it sound  like he'd be back at a healthy level and that 
it could work  for months and that it was perfectly safe. When we were  
handing him over to the vet at the hospital, he finally told  me that Mr. 
Darcy could die during the procedure and that  it may only last a few hours, 
days. I am furious. It makes  me feel like money is more important then 
informing the  owner.  I have decided to not do any more transfusions due to 
the  fact that he's in the last stage of his illness and going to  the vet 
really stresses him out. He won't eat for the rest of  the day and since the 
transfusion may only give him days,  I would rather have him enjoy his last 
days/weeks. So  right now, we're at the point where the most we can do is  
get him to eat and sleep and to pet him and love him as  much as we can.  
Now, your cat may have a different experience, but I just  wanted to tell my 
story.  Jennifer and Mr. Darcy 
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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI-Imulan

2009-01-12 Thread Christy Buchin

Yes, currently my Gray Kitty receives those injections weekly and it does help 
boost their immune system.   Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 05:56:14 -0600 From: 
lisap...@aol.com To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: [Felvtalk] 
LTCI-Imulan  Hi,  Has anyone tried LTCI by Imulan? Four days ago I started 
my cat Carl on this new med and was wondering what others experienced.   Lisa 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FelV kitten

2008-12-17 Thread Christy Buchin

Gary,
I am sorry to hear that!  Gray Kitty had his second blood transusion last week. 
 We know we can not sustain him this way, but we are trying to buy time.  His 
Hematocrit went down to 9 when he was first diagnosed.  He had the first 
transfusion and it ended up going in the normal range of 35.  He then dipped 
back down to 18 and then 15.  At that time, he had a second transfusion and he 
has gone back up to 35 again.  We are currently working with a doctor in 
Michigan, who has done bone marrow transplants in cats.  We are hoping to help 
future cats with this illness.  
There is an anemia group as well?  How do I get to that one too?
I will keep you and your kitty in my prayers.  It is just so heartbreaking! 
From: gcru...@centurytel.net To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Wed, 17 
Dec 2008 08:38:55 -0600 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FelV kitten  One of my 
FeLV cats is very anemic now and her anemia just hasn't responded  to 
treatment, I will lose her this week as she has now refused to let me  syringe 
feed her anymore, she has always been very good about it and about  taking 
meds and now wants no part of it. There are many things you can try  to get 
the anemia reversed, Epogen as previously mentioned, Immunoregulin,  etc., but 
you may need a transfusion to give them time to work.  Unfortunately, for my 
baby the transfusion didn't seem to do much good at  all and her numbers just 
keep going down.  One of my first FeLV kittens had the same problem with his 
back legs, over a  period of a couple of days they just stopped working and he 
couldn't pee.  Tried a lot of different things but never got better and I 
never found out  what caused it, please post if your vet finds out the cause. 
 You might want to join the anemia group on yahoo.  Gary  - Original 
Message -  From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com To: 
felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 6:32 AM 
Subject: [Felvtalk] Sick FelV kittenOne of our FelV kittens is very 
anemic. Has anyone ever tried iron  suppliments? We went back to the vet 
yesterday, and got her vitamins  and iron, and hope this will buy her a bit 
more time.   She is 8 months old and only weighs 3 1/2 pounds. She didn't 
 actually lose the weight, she just never gained anymore weight  than that, 
as she is also a small cat.   She recently lost control of her back legs 
and the vet isn't sure  this is caused by the FelV. He thinks it may be a 
neurological  thing.. This happened suddenly about a week ago. First she 
was  wobbly and then she got so she couldn't stand at all, and also lost  
control of her bladder and bowels. She is still eating and does not  seem to 
be in any pain. Otherwise I'd put her to sleep. She is my  daughter's 
favorite cat, and she doesn't want to do this unless the  cat is in distress. 
I just wondered if any of you had ever seen this  lose of mobility in a FelV 
cat? Advice please.   Thanks, Lorrie
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon use?

2008-12-17 Thread Christy Buchin

My Gray Kitty just started Interferon with good results.  He completed the 
first 7 days with no problems.  However, he has been off it now for the second 
day and this morning he vomitted many times.  I was worried about it and may 
take him to the doctor.   From: souther...@aol.com Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 
21:34:46 -0500 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: [Felvtalk] Interferon 
use?  When I first took General to the vet I use now, the vet started him on 
 interferon, liquid, 7 days on and 7 days off. I did that for a long time but 
since  he's been having all these tummy problems, it seems that when I give it 
to him  now he vomits that day.   Are you folks on interferon? have you had 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FelV kitten

2008-12-17 Thread Christy Buchin

Thank you!!  :o) Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:06:15 -0800 From: 
cline...@yahoo.com To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] 
Sick FelV kitten  Here is the link to the Yahoo Anemia group. 
http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Feline_Anemia/   I think there is a Yahoo 
group for just about any condition.  The anemia group is pretty active. 
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kitten To: Feline Leukemia Website felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: 
Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 1:55 PM  Gary, I am sorry to hear that! Gray 
Kitty had his second blood transusion last week. We know we can not sustain 
him this way, but we are trying to buy time. His Hematocrit went down to 9 
when he was first diagnosed. He had the first transfusion and it ended up 
going in the normal range of 35. He then dipped back down to 18 and then 15. 
At that time, he had a second transfusion and he has gone back up to 35 again. 
We are currently working with a doctor in Michigan, who has done bone marrow 
transplants in cats. We are hoping to help future cats with this illness.  
There is an anemia group as well? How do I get to that one too? I will keep 
you and your kitty in my prayers. It is just so heartbreaking! From: 
gcru...@centurytel.net To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Wed, 17 Dec 
2008 08:38:55 -0600 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Sick FelV kitten  One of my 
FeLV cats is very anemic now and her anemia just hasn't responded  to 
treatment, I will lose her this week as she has now refused to let me  
syringe feed her anymore, she has always been very good about it and about  
taking meds and now wants no part of it. There are many things you can try  
to get the anemia reversed, Epogen as previously mentioned, Immunoregulin,  
etc., but you may need a transfusion to give them time to work.  
Unfortunately, for my baby the transfusion didn't seem to do much good at  
all and her numbers just keep going down.  One of my first FeLV kittens had 
the same problem with his back legs, over a  period of a couple of days they 
just stopped working and he couldn't pee.  Tried a lot of different things 
but never got better and I never found out  what caused it, please post if 
your vet finds out the cause.  You might want to join the anemia group on 
yahoo.  Gary  - Original Message -  From: Lorrie 
felineres...@kvinet.com To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Wednesday, 
December 17, 2008 6:32 AM Subject: [Felvtalk] Sick FelV kittenOne of 
our FelV kittens is very anemic. Has anyone ever tried iron  suppliments? We 
went back to the vet yesterday, and got her vitamins  and iron, and hope 
this will buy her a bit more time.   She is 8 months old and only weighs 
3 1/2 pounds. She didn't  actually lose the weight, she just never gained 
anymore weight  than that, as she is also a small cat.   She recently 
lost control of her back legs and the vet isn't sure  this is caused by the 
FelV. He thinks it may be a neurological  thing.. This happened suddenly 
about a week ago. First she was  wobbly and then she got so she couldn't 
stand at all, and also lost  control of her bladder and bowels. She is still 
eating and does not  seem to be in any pain. Otherwise I'd put her to sleep. 
She is my  daughter's favorite cat, and she doesn't want to do this unless 
the  cat is in distress. I just wondered if any of you had ever seen this 
 lose of mobility in a FelV cat? Advice please.   Thanks, Lorrie   
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Re: [Felvtalk] B. B. died - please add to the Candlelight service (do we still have one?)

2008-12-03 Thread Christy Buchin

I am so sorry to hear about B.B., my sympathies to you. From: [EMAIL 
PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2008 14:16:05 
-0600 Subject: [Felvtalk] B. B. died - please add to the Candlelight service 
(do we still have one?)  One of my FELV kitties, B.B., died in the early 
morning of Dec 2,  2008, and I'd love to have him added to the Bridge list. He 
was a  double positive (FELV+, FIV+), had been found at a local dump in the  
Little Rock vicinity, and taken in to our rescue. I've fostered him  since 
October 2006, and he's been such a sweet, loving cat. But he  developed a tail 
infection a while back, and we've been dealing with  that ever since. He alway 
ate like a horse, till the last couple of  days.  He never could gain weight 
or pull out of the illness, he may have had  other things going on, I'm not 
sure.  B.B., who I think stands for Beautiful Boy, crossed over to the Bridge 
 early yesterday morning, Tuesday December 2, 2008. He was a sweet boy.  
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Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI Response

2008-12-02 Thread Christy Buchin

That is so very true!
Thanks :o) From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: 
Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:37:58 -0600 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI Response  Enjoy 
the time you have. No one, not person or cat or mouse, is  guaranteed a minute 
of life. If we spend all our time wondering when  we or our friends may leave, 
we will deprive ourselves of their  happiness and wisdom and we will prevent 
them from loving us and  teaching us. We all die some times and we all die 
from something.  The idea is to enjoy all of life as much as possible and not 
to fear  death. I know. It is almost impossible but I have learned from Mai  
Mai PG, the Royal Princess Kitty Katt, and my wonderful Dixie Louise.  Please 
try to learn and love without fear. On Dec 1, 2008, at 12:59 PM, Christy 
Buchin wrote:Amber,  Thank you for your kind words. I totally 
understand about the what   if. My husband and I are always saying, what if 
we would have   tested him when he was a kitten and got to this sooner. The 
Vet did   not think we needed to test the kittens because their Mom tested  
 negative.  I am so sorry you lost Parker! I know I will be experiencing 
that   in the near future and it frightens me so! I have taken a lot of   
pictures of Gray Kitty. I keep them in a photo album on my myspace   page. I 
am writing a blog on there about him as well. I know the   pain of losing 
Parker is deep. He knows he was very loved and taken   care of! :o) From: 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.orgDate: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 
03:41:45 + Subject: Re: [Felvtalk]   LTCI Response   Christy, 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.   *Hugs* Amber   Amber, 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] LTCI Response

2008-12-01 Thread Christy Buchin

Amber,
Thank you for your kind words.  I totally understand about the what if.  My 
husband and I are always saying, what if we would have tested him when he was a 
kitten and got to this sooner.  The Vet did not think we needed to test the 
kittens because their Mom tested negative.
I am so sorry you lost Parker!  I know I will be experiencing that in the near 
future and it frightens me so!  I have taken a lot of pictures of Gray Kitty.  
I keep them in a photo album on my myspace page.  I am writing a blog on there 
about him as well.  I know the pain of losing Parker is deep.  He knows he was 
very loved and taken care of!  :o) From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: 
felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 03:41:45 + Subject: 
Re: [Felvtalk] LTCI Response   Christy, 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.   *Hugs* Amber   Amber, 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] Thank you everyone!

2008-11-28 Thread Christy Buchin

Amber,
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.   From: 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 
16:00:13 + Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Thank you everyone!   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 encouraging!   
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. :) Amber
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Re: [Felvtalk] Buzz is gone

2008-11-25 Thread Christy Buchin

I am so sorry to hear that!!  I know the day is coming for us and our kitten 
Gray Kitty.  I can imagine your heart ache and wish NO pet or pet owner should 
have to go through that.  My sympathies to you! From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 16:20:28 -0500 Subject: [Felvtalk] 
Buzz is gone  Today I had to have my sweet little kitty Buzz PTS. I feel like 
a very large piece of me is missing.  The first time I saw Buzz I fell in 
love with him. He was terrified, cowering between two up-ended mattresses in an 
unused bedroom at my brothers' house. He had been abused by neighborhood boys 
in an urban area where my brother used to live. When my sister in law, Lee, 
rescued him he was very sick, full of parasites, starving and near death. She 
and my brother nursed him back to physical health but he was still terrified of 
people. They named him Buzz Saw because of the way his claws flew whenever 
anyone got near him. That day Lee caught him in a blanket and handed him to me. 
I sat with him and gently pet him and talked to him. Within about 20 minutes he 
was purring. Before we left that day he reached up to me and touched noses.  
After about a week I talked my husband into keeping him. When I brought him 
home I put him into our study so he had a smaller space to get used to, and to 
keep him separate from the other cats. When I took him to the vet a few days 
later his feline leukemia test came back positive. Buzz was going to live in 
the study for quite a while so I filled it with cat toys and a cat tree and 
pretty much spoiled him as much as much as I could. Every evening I would spend 
hours with him. I was working on a computer project and he kept me company with 
that. That is how it was from January of '07 to April. At that point it was 
clear that keeping him separate was not working. We vaccinated the other cats 
for feline leukemia and released Buzzy into the rest of the house. He loved his 
new freedom and became every ones quiet little shadow. He loved to watch what 
was going on. His favorite place was a window bench that looks out on the bird 
feeder. At night he either slept on a ledge right behind my head or cuddled up 
next to me, purring. When July came I noticed that he seemed to have no energy 
and was not eating. When we took him to the vet the diagnosis was anemia. With 
heavy doses of prednesolone his health and red blood count began to come back. 
I was so happy watching my sweet boy gaining back his energy and appetite. 
While he was recuperating I would take him out to sit on the deck on my lap. He 
loved sniffing the outdoor smells and feeling the warm sunshine on his fur. He 
would sit and purr out there for as long as I could sit and hold him. In the 
evenings Buzzy loved to chase DaBird and the laser pointer. His blood was being 
tested every couple of weeks and soon it was in the normal range. We began to 
back off on the prednesolone. For several weeks everything was going well until 
the week that his blood count started going the wrong direction. I prayed that 
it was just the one time but unfortunately not. That horrible disease was in 
his bone marrow and the medication was no longer helping. For the last several 
weeks I watched as he became more and more lethargic. We offered him every 
special treat we could think of to keep him eating and he would nibble on those 
tidbits almost to the end. He would sit all day on his window seat and for the 
last week we carried him to the litter box. He always watched every move I made 
as I moved around the kitchen. Today when he just put his head down in 
exhaustion instead of watching, I knew it was time to say goodbye to my darling 
boy. When I took him to the vet I told him how much I have loved him and asked 
him to meet me at the bridge. Then he went to sleep in my arms. I will miss him 
so very much, but now he is in a place where there is no feline leukemia.  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Weight loss with no other symptoms

2008-11-25 Thread Christy Buchin

Amy,
Our cat Gray Kitty is losing ounces just about weekly.  He had two bone marrow 
aspirations, the first one came out negative and the second came out positive.  
It seems since it has gone to his bone marrow, that he is losing weight slowly. 
 We were told by one set of doctors that he has weeks to live and that is 
almost 4 weeks ago.  We do believe the LTCI injections are helping, so we are 
continuing those weekly along with his homeopathic meds.  We know we do not 
have too much longer with him, but are still hoping for a miricle. Date: Fri, 
21 Nov 2008 15:40:36 -0800 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: 
felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: [Felvtalk] Weight loss with no other 
symptoms  I have an approximately 6-year-old cat that has been positive for 
leukemia since I took him in several years ago. Over the past couple years he 
has gradually been losing weight. My population (5 leuk pos cats) has remained 
stable over this time and no new cats have been introduced. I took him to the 
vet today and he is down 2 pounds from last year (currently weighs 11.8 lbs). 
The vet said he is not skinny and would now be considered ideal body weight but 
she was a bit concerned about the weight loss.   We did a full blood work-up 
as we do every year and everything looks fine. She also tested for thyroid 
problems since his pulse was a bit fast and we wanted to rule it out. She said 
his tummy feels fine and she sees nothing to be concerned about at this time. 
This is good news but I'm still worried about the weight loss as none of my 
cats tend to be on the small size. Has anybody seen this sort of weight loss in 
cats with leukemia or do people think that this is a sign that he is starting 
to go downhill? Thoughts?  Amy   --- On Fri, 11/21/08, Laurieskatz [EMAIL 
PROTECTED] wrote:   From: Laurieskatz [EMAIL PROTECTED]  Subject: Re: 
[Felvtalk] High Fever  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org  Date: Friday, 
November 21, 2008, 2:04 PM  Yes, Isabella had a high fever when we first 
rescued her. As  I recall, we  used antibiotics. I couldn't find my notes 
quicklyI  do know her fever  finally came down. Eventually she was on 
maintenance  prednisilone and a pain  killer. And now she is only on 
interferon and has gone from  8-12 lbs. She  looks and feels great!  Good 
luck and if I find more on Bella's treatment, I  will forward it.  Laurie  
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PROTECTED] On Behalf Of  Christy Buchin  Sent: Friday, November 21, 2008 
12:53 PM  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org  Subject: [Felvtalk] High Fever 
 My cat Gray Kitty, was diagnosed with FeLV on his first  birthday, 
9/6/08.  He and his two brothers were born in our home to a stray we  took 
into our  home. She had tested negative for the virus. His two  brothers 
have also  continue to test negative for the virus. His two brothers  are 
also type A  blood and he is the only one that is type B. He has had 1  
transfusion, due  to his anemic condition. Since then, the virus has gone to 
 his bone marrow.  He receives weekly injections of the Imulan LTCI and is 
on  holistic  medication as well. Since diagnosed, he continues to run a  
fever between  103 and 105. Antibiotics do not seem to relieve this  
either. We know each  day is precious that we have with him. Does anyone 
else  battle with the  high fevers too?  
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[Felvtalk] High Fever

2008-11-21 Thread Christy Buchin

My cat Gray Kitty, was diagnosed with FeLV on his first birthday, 9/6/08.  He 
and his two brothers were born in our home to a stray we took into our home.  
She had tested negative for the virus.  His two brothers have also continue to  
test negative for the virus.  His two brothers are also type A blood and he is 
the only one that is type B.  He has had 1 transfusion, due to his anemic 
condition.  Since then, the virus has gone to his bone marrow.  He receives 
weekly injections of the Imulan LTCI and is on holistic medication as well.  
Since diagnosed, he continues to run a fever between 103 and 105.  Antibiotics 
do not seem to relieve this either.  We know each day is precious that we have 
with him.  Does anyone else battle with the high fevers too?
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Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet

2008-11-19 Thread Christy Buchin

Gary,
All my husband did was go to their website at http://www.imulan.com/.  
You can look under Feline Leukemia and download their brochures.  I hope this 
link help you.  If not, please let me know,
Thanks From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Wed, 19 
Nov 2008 01:45:33 -0600 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet  Hi Christy,  
Thanks, I would appreciate the info.  WOW, $140 a shot is OUTRAGEOUS. When I 
started looking into it the shots  were $50 to $65 (I think that was about 
double what the original company was  charging)and I just saw a recent post 
where someone was paying $85. Either  Imulan has gotten very greedy or your 
vet is making a handsome profit for  giving a shot.  Gary  - Original 
Message -  From: Christy Buchin [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: 
felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:52 PM 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet Gary,  I will ask my husband 
where he found all the research information. He   spent hours upon hours 
researching this as well as much as he could find   on the Feline Leukemia in 
general. Our Family vet called and spoke to one   of the doctors there and 
was told that they had some very good results. I   do agree that the shots 
are costly, at $140 weekly. We even had gone   through UC Davis here in 
California, where we live and they knew nothing   about the Imulan. Of 
course, we found they did not know quite a bit. We   figured that why not 
try. As soon as I find out the specific research   information, I will 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet

2008-11-18 Thread Christy Buchin

We just started our cat, Gray Kitty, on an holistic medication called 
Ashwagandha drops, as well as, Bioplasma tablets.  These are supposed to help 
rebuild their Red Blood Cells.  They were recommeded by our family Vet.  Also, 
we have him on a weekly regiman of LTIC, Immulan injections.  Our Vet had never 
heard of the LTCI until my husband did a lot of research.  He called the 
company and they have had good results with Feline Leukemia patients.  They 
have documented studies.  These seem to be bringing his Hematocrit numbers back 
up!   To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:20:33 -0500 
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet  I am taking my 
kitten, Tommy, to a holistic vet this morning. After speaking with her 
yesterday, I am very encouraged! Like some of you have told me, she said that 
a separation would be too stressful on ALL of the cats, which is the worst 
thing for their little immune systems. 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Trish Please add to the CLS :(

2008-11-18 Thread Christy Buchin

I am very sorry for your loss!!  Our Cat, Gray Kitty, is only 1 year old.  He 
and his two brothers were born in our home on September 6, 2007.  The mama cat 
had tested negative for Feline Leukemia and his two brothers have continued to 
test negative.  We also had his two brothers blood typed in case he needed 
another blood transfusion, due to anemia.  His brothers are Type A, which is 
the most common, and Gray Kitty is of course Type B, which is the most 
uncommon.  This poor guy has had so many strikes against him, but keeps on 
fighting.   Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 08:13:26 -0600 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Trish Please add to 
the CLS :(  Sherry, I'm so sorry you lost Trish. That happened to one of the 
kitties at the Katrina shelter I volunteered at for a few months. Frenzy had 
just gotten adopted, and then they found out she was full of cancer. It seemed 
so unfair that she had been through so much already, and then that. Gentle 
Bridge vibes to Trish, and hugs to you for all the love you gave her.  Diane 
R.   -Original Message- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL 
PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Sherry DeHaan Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 6:42 PM 
To: Felvtalk Subject: [Felvtalk] Trish Please add to the CLS :(  Ok so this 
was another horrible heartbreak for me.I dont know if I ever mentioned Trish 
before.She and her 2 other sisters came to us felv pos.Just little babies.The 
moment I saw little Trishs beautiful crazy paint job of a face my heart 
skipped a beat!! I cried and fell totally in love with her.So I made it my 
personal duty to make sure she knew she was loved,same as my Melina,I think 
they thought their names were I LOVE YOU!! :) Little Trish always told me she 
loved me too. :) She and her sisters were adopted by a great guy that 
volunteers with us.He took them home not even 2 weeks ago.He took her into Jen 
today for some issues she was having,and Jen found that she was full of cancer 
and had blockages.So they let her go peacefully.She was strong little girl.My 
heart is hurting very muvh right now. Sherry   We who choose to surround 
ourselves with lives more temporary than our own, Live within a fragile 
circle,easily and often breached. Unable to accept its awful gaps. We still 
would have it no other way
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Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet

2008-11-18 Thread Christy Buchin

The cost of each shot is $140.00.  We have him on weekly injections as he seems 
to do better.  My husband was insistent about starting him on these since he 
had researched it so intensely.  We also have him on the homeopathic meds as 
well.  He is a true fighter.  We know that since the leukemia has gone into his 
bone marrow, we have a limited time with him, however, we are taking each day 
that we have.   To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 
14:44:28 -0500 From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet 
   Oh, so you have him on the Immulan! My holistic vet gave me info on 
that, but has never used it before, so I am still thinking about it. Would 
you mind sharing cost info with me?   Tommy was started on two new medicines 
- DMG to boost his immune system, and a homeopathic mixture of Engystol and 
Galium as an anti-viral. I am very encouraged! On Tue 18/11/08 1:45 PM , 
Christy Buchin [EMAIL PROTECTED] sent: We just started our cat, Gray Kitty, on 
an holistic medication called Ashwagandha drops, as well as, Bioplasma 
tablets. These are supposed to help rebuild their Red Blood Cells. They were 
recommeded by our family Vet. Also, we have him on a weekly regiman of LTIC, 
Immulan injections. Our Vet had never heard of the LTCI until my husband did a 
lot of research. He called the company and they have had good results with 
Feline Leukemia patients. They have documented studies. These seem to be 
bringing his Hematocrit numbers back up!  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet

2008-11-18 Thread Christy Buchin

Gary, 
I will ask my husband where he found all the research information.  He spent 
hours upon hours researching this as well as much as he could find on the 
Feline Leukemia in general.  Our Family vet called and spoke to one of the 
doctors there and was told that they had some very good results.  I do agree 
that the shots are costly, at $140 weekly.  We even had gone through UC Davis 
here in California, where we live and they knew nothing about the Imulan.  Of 
course, we found they did not know quite a bit.  We figured that why not try.  
As soon as I find out the specific research information, I will forward it. 
From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Tue, 18 Nov 
2008 15:40:46 -0600 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet  Hi Christy,  
Hope it all helps Gray Kitty get better. If you know of any specific  studies 
done on LTCI and where one could look at the documentation of those  studies, 
I would greatly appreciate it. I have heard of cases where it  seemed to help 
and others where it did not. When I called them they would  not discuss any 
testing results with a non-vet. My vet called and he said  they had very 
little in the way of test results.  I am upset that Imulan took over this 
drug (bought it from the company that  developed it) and raised the price to a 
level that most people cannot  afford. I know they were seeking cats for a 30 
day trial of LTCI, I'm not  sure a 30 day trial will yield a valid result 
about the drug.  Gary  - Original Message -  From: Christy 
Buchin [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Tuesday, 
November 18, 2008 12:45 PM Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Holistic vet We 
just started our cat, Gray Kitty, on an holistic medication called   
Ashwagandha drops, as well as, Bioplasma tablets. These are supposed to   
help rebuild their Red Blood Cells. They were recommeded by our family   Vet. 
Also, we have him on a weekly regiman of LTIC, Immulan injections.   Our Vet 
had never heard of the LTCI until my husband did a lot of   research. He 
called the company and they have had good results with   Feline Leukemia 
patients. They have documented studies. These seem to be   bringing his 
Hematocrit numbers back up!  To:   felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Date: Tue, 
18 Nov 2008 08:20:33 -0500 From:   [EMAIL PROTECTED] Subject: [Felvtalk] 
Holistic vet  I am   taking my kitten, Tommy, to a holistic vet this 
morning. After speaking   with her yesterday, I am very encouraged! Like 
some of you have told me,   she said that a separation would be too 
stressful on ALL of the cats,   which is the worst thing for their little 
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