[Felvtalk] New to FLV and have a cat that just tested positive...

2009-10-05 Thread Anna Waltman
Hi everyone, I've been lurking around for the last day or two reading your posts. My darling Sylvia, the first cat I have owned as an adult, just tested positive for FLV on both the in-office and IFA tests. She's one of my best friends and I'm devastated; she was negative as a kitten and has

[Felvtalk] Thanks for the thoughts!

2009-10-09 Thread Anna Waltman
Dear all, Thanks for the kind thoughts and advice regarding Sylvia's recent positive diagnosis. She and I both really appreciate and feel encouraged by your support. Beatrice goes for her vaccine today; I am going to ask the vet tech to test her before giving her the vaccine. She's about four

Re: [Felvtalk] New Here with Questions

2009-10-13 Thread Anna Waltman
Hi Ellie, My year-old kitty, Sylvia, tested negative and was healthy as a kitten, but the stress of a move seems to have turned her a strong, symptomatic positive (my vet says that some cats are latent carriers and suddenly become positive/symptomatic after a stressful situation). If a move can

Re: [Felvtalk] Mystique? Please add to the CLS? :(

2009-10-28 Thread Anna Waltman
Dear Pat, I'm so sorry to hear of Mandy's passing. Your cats are blessed to be cared for so wonderfully and loved so deeply. I'm sure Mandy had a peaceful and comfortable journey to the Bridge and is looking down on you, purring, grateful for all you gave her in the time you had together. In

[Felvtalk] LCTI, etc.

2009-11-15 Thread Anna Waltman
Dear all, My positive kitty, Sylvia, has been largely asymptomatic for a month or two now, and has only had one bout of immune suppression since testing positive (a sore in her mouth, which was taken care of with antibiotics and went away quickly). She is positive on both the snap and IFA tests.

Re: [Felvtalk] Scratchy meow

2009-11-25 Thread Anna Waltman
Hi Tracy, My vocal 1 1/2 year old positive female, Sylvia, sometimes changes her voice when she's not feeling well. It drops into a lower register and gets scratchy, like she has laryngitis. She's spayed. Most of the time she's got a fairly melodic, medium-pitched meow-- that scratchy voice is

Re: [Felvtalk] I Hate PETA

2009-12-04 Thread Anna Waltman
Sharyl, I am so, so sorry to hear this happened to your kitties; it's incredibly angering that PETA not only undermined your plans to give them a happy, healthy existence, but also absconded with your money. Like others on this list, I'm pretty sure they tested before performing the surgery, and

[Felvtalk] Re: Bridget is dead

2010-03-18 Thread Anna Waltman
I'm so sorry to hear about Bridget's passing and will be keeping both of you in my thoughts tonight. It's heartbreaking but at least she passed peacefully and quietly; I'm sure she's watching over you, thankful for all the love and friendship you gave her during her time in your care. I'm

[Felvtalk] sick FLV+ kitty, worried owner

2012-04-21 Thread Anna Waltman
Dear all, I've been a member of this list since 2009, when Sylvia, the older of my two (strictly indoor-only) cats, was first diagnosed with FLV (she'd tested negative twice as a kitten, then at just over a year old came up positive on both the snap and IFA tests). We have a great vet, and she's

[Felvtalk] thanks for your help!

2012-04-23 Thread Anna Waltman
Hi Jenny, Thanks for your helpful emails-- this listserv is a lifesaver. I really hope you're right that this is an infection and treatable; Sylvia is such a wonderful cat. I'll keep an eye out for anything from Laura, as well, and bring up your treatment regimen when I see the vet again on

[Felvtalk] update on Sylvia

2012-04-28 Thread Anna Waltman
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

[Felvtalk] please add Sylvia to the CLS

2012-05-22 Thread Anna Waltman
Dear all, I lost my sweet Sylvia cat this afternoon. Despite our best efforts with daily subcutaneous fluids, appetite stimulants, Interferon, probiotics, vitamins, steroids, and multiple antibiotics, she was still fading fast and appeared to be in a significant amount of pain yesterday. So, with