Re: [FeLVPositiveCats] Re: Question - IFA vs. Elisa...............

2006-04-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
- IFA vs. Elisa...gblaneSun, 05 Mar 2006 15:04:44 -0800 FYI - if anybody is in California and can help, contact Susan Hoffman [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]From: Susan Hoffman [EMAIL PROTECTED]Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2006 11:02:06 -0800 (PST)Subject: Re: [FeLVPositiveCats] Re

Re: positive

2006-04-21 Thread Susan Hoffman
No test is 100% accurate. Are you using ELISA or IFA? The ELISA test is far less accurate, has a much higher number of falses positives. I'm sure you can get false negatives too. Also, it is possible to get a negative on a blood test if the virus is in the bone marrow. (I have very little faith in

Re: positive

2006-04-21 Thread Susan Hoffman
- From: Susan Hoffman To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 11:52 AM Subject: Re: positive No test is 100% accurate. Are you using ELISA or IFA? The ELISA test is far less accurate, has a much higher number of falses positives. I'm sure you can get false negatives too. Also

Re: mixing

2006-04-24 Thread Susan Hoffman
No, not necessarily. Are your negatives vaccinated against FeLV?hd cc [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: So is eveyone here saying it is ok to mix my pos and my neg? Sincerely Carrie

Re: Mixing FeLVs and FIVs?

2006-04-26 Thread Susan Hoffman
I have two FIV+ cats and I have been told not to vaccinate them against FeLV. I personally am reluctant to take in an FeLV+ cat because of these two boys, as well as a couple of seniors, and the constant stream of foster kittens.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hi Guys!I'm so sorry I haven't been able to

Re: Some good news--and thanks to Nina Hideyo!!

2006-04-29 Thread Susan Hoffman
Congrantulations. This gives me great hope as well for an FeLV+ I have in a foster home. Kerry MacKenzie [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Here's some good news. But first, the background for those who don't know it: of the feral colony of5 kittens (Caramel, Levi, Flavia, Snoball and Mickey) and

Re: Question about home test kits

2006-04-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
You can buy the STAT Screen FeLV Testat RevivalAnimal.com at http://www.revivalanimal.com/product.asp?pn=99%2D033for under $8 a test (sold in lots of 10 tests). It is a whole blood test, not a saliva test.The Assure FeLv Leukemia Virus Antigen Test Kit is also available through Revival at

Re: new diagnosis (Sub-Q)

2006-05-06 Thread Susan Hoffman
As someone with a needle phobia let me assure you that Sub-Q is easy. You can learn to do this yourself. Don't worry about the size of the needle (18 gauge). The purpose of the large needle is so that the fluids flow in quickly. With a small needle it is actually more stressful for the cat and for

Colorado divorce attorney w/military experience

2006-05-10 Thread Susan Hoffman
Take a look at this one. He has experience with miltary divorces and is based in Colorado Springs..http://www.carlgraham.com/

Re: OT: heartbroken

2006-05-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
Is there a safe place to relocate momcat? I have a mini-colony of ferals in my back yard and two were relocated from another place to there.Hideyo, are you a member of the feral cat group yet? You may want to join. It's at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/feral_cats/Nina [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Re: OT: heartbroken

2006-05-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
Several years ago when I trapped Cutie-Pie's babies one by one and brought them inside, she cried and ran around the house looking for them at first. But when she saw them in my foyer through the screen door she was fine. She knew I had them. (They screamed like crazy for her but she was fine with

RE: OT: heartbroken

2006-05-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
Where are you located? Perhaps there are other rescue people in your area. Your really must join the freral cat group I referenced in my earlier post. It's a nationwide group with close to 2000 members now.Hideyo Yamamoto [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:Hi, everyone, please understand

RE: OT: heartbroken

2006-05-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
Where are you located? Perhaps there are other rescue people in your area. Your really must join the feral cat group I referenced in my earlier post. It's a nationwide group with close to 2000 members now.Hideyo Yamamoto [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:Hi, everyone, please understand –

RE: OT: heartbroken

2006-05-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
Senior and special needs cats are adoptable. It takes longer and you work harder at it but I firmly believe that, somewhere, there's a forever home for every foster cat in my care -- and that forever home is not necessarily me. You just have to really work on finding adoptive homes.Hideyo Yamamoto

Adoptions (was OT: heartbroken)

2006-05-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
NOT the shelter. You have to be committed to finding good forever homes. Adoptions are hard work. I understand the temptation to just close up shop and keep the ones you have but if you do that there comes a point when you have to stop taking in anyone new. And there are too many out there whose

Re: Adoptions (was OT: heartbroken)

2006-05-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
Thanks. Adoptions are hard work. I call in-home adoptions cocktails parties without the cocktails. I feel like I'm constantlyreceiving visitors at a time when I would like to curl up with a good book and maybe take a nap. And I am picky, do a lot of screening. The process requires daily effort.

Re: OT:frustrated w throw away Pets

2006-05-14 Thread Susan Hoffman
Where are you located I rented for a lot of years in a very expensive, very tight housinng market (San Francisco) with 6 cats and now I live outside SF in rental housing but with rescue friendly landlords. Let me know where you are. I can at least tell you what worked for me.clarissa- Floyd [EMAIL

Re: OT - kitten dosage of advantage?

2006-05-17 Thread Susan Hoffman
I have used a tiny dab on kittens as young as 5 weeks. The real question is how much the kittens weigh, though. Dosage is based on weight.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Thanks, Karen - what about kittens that are 8-10 weeks?GloriaAt 11:12 PM 5/17/2006, you wrote:what age Gloria my vet said nothing

Re: OT - kitten dosage of advantage?

2006-05-17 Thread Susan Hoffman
I'd use half that amount.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: use the 0.4ml size tube says for kittens 8 weeks or older and under 9lbsKaren

Re: OT - kitten dosage of advantage?

2006-05-18 Thread Susan Hoffman
You can also use a flea comb and a container of soapy water. The flea comb traps the fleas. The soapy water weighs them down -- they can't float on the surface and escape -- and they drown. Flush the water down the toilet when you're done.Ashleigh Smith [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:This is going to

Re: l-lysine for kittens

2006-05-18 Thread Susan Hoffman
You can safely do 100-150 mg daily. L-lysine is water soluable so if oyu overdo it they will just pee it out. Adult cats over 8 pounds can get 250-500 mg doses.janine paton [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Anyone know the dose of lysine to give to kittens? They are 4 months, a little thin. Thanks, Janine

Re: OT - AL - One eyed 3 yo Calico/Persian(?) needs rescue ASAP -may help tr...

2006-05-22 Thread Susan Hoffman
Oh, how I love a sucker for the special needs cats. Know anyone who would love to adopt a solid black shorthaired epileptic kitten? She's well maintained on phenobarbitol (7.5 mg twice a day), spayed, fully vaccinnated, FIV/FeLV/toxoplasmosis negative. She just has seizures if not given pheno.

Re: FIV resources

2006-06-02 Thread Susan Hoffman
I have a couple of FIV+ cats of my own and a beautiful little Siamese mix foster who is FIV+ They take longer to place. We have to try harder. We have to work at educating people. But we have to get the message out that FIV cats can live long happy lives and are not furry little lepers. Consider

Re: FIV resources

2006-06-02 Thread Susan Hoffman
My FIV cats have always been pretty affection and mellow. But then so are my non-FIV cats. I do think that, as tomcats go, the ones who aren't all that into fighting are more inclined to get beaten up and get FIV.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: We've got an FIV guy here...the sweetest, most laid back

Re: FIV resources

2006-06-02 Thread Susan Hoffman
"No big deal" -- those were the exact words of one of my vets when Scooter tested FIV+ And my current vet (part of an AAHA certified veterinary hospital) is also similarly enlightened, including on the question of FIV+ and FIV- cats mixing. I know how lucky I am. I know this is not the standard

Re: Diagnosed Today

2006-06-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
Talk to your vet about low dose oral interferon. Also, I don't unnderstand the prednisone. This can hinder immune system functioning and make it harder for him to kick a cold. Baytril can be harsh on a cat's system too. I think I'd probably wean him off the pred and look at Zithromax instead of

Re: Diagnosed Today

2006-06-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
Talk to your vet about low dose oral interferon. Also, I don't unnderstand the prednisone. This can hinder immune system functioning and make it harder for him to kick a cold. Baytril can be harsh on a cat's system too. I think I'd probably wean him off the pred and look at Zithromax instead of

Re: Off antibiotics?

2006-06-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
What antibiotic is she on? I swear by Zithromax. It's given once a day for 5 days and if effective against even the worst upper respiratory infections. Doesn't seem to upset the tummy the way Baytril does and is so much more effective than Clavamox or amoxicillin or doxycycline.[EMAIL PROTECTED]

Re: OT-Anyone know of safe ways to deal w/ ants?

2006-06-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
I use Grants Ant stakes to keep ants out of the house.gwork [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I'm sorry; I should've specified that I intended this mix as an outdoor spray to prevent ants from even entering the house. Do you think it would still be toxic with the dilution and the fact that you would

Re: new to FeLV

2006-06-13 Thread Susan Hoffman
Bran flakes or white rice. But make sujre you deworm.Belinda [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Gastriplex is something that can be used or rice bran are a couple of things people on my other lists use for diarrhea. -- Belindahappiness is being owned by cats ...Be-Mi-Kittieshttp://bemikitties.comPost

RE: 2 littermates - one pos/one neg

2006-06-14 Thread Susan Hoffman
That feels very right on a psycho-spiritual level. Many years ago I had two cousins who had been raised as siblings. When their surrogate mother passed away at almost 18 years of age my vet offered to do a free necropsy tofind out why her response to antibiotics had been so poor. She was both

Re: SPCA's Views on FelV

2006-06-16 Thread Susan Hoffman
From a rescue standpoint, I don't test everyone who comes in and I especially don't test kittens beecause I consider the tests unreliable when the kittens are so young. I also don't euthanize a healthy animal on the basis of a test result ever.One shelter I work with tests before transport to

Re: FIV infected Kitten

2006-06-22 Thread Susan Hoffman
Please join the FIV cats group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FIVCats2/Statistically, 2 out of 3 kittens born to an FIV+ mother test negative once they have been weaned and have had time to clear maternal antibodies. In practice the kittens almost always clear antibodies within 2 or 3 months

Re: FIV+ cat wanted

2006-06-29 Thread Susan Hoffman
Send me one of those for California, please. I have the prettiest little Siamese mix foster girl who has tested FIV+[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:Anyone in the area have a Fiv kitty needing a home? 1170927- Cat:AnyBronx,NY (718) 986-5463 Erin Carey [EMAIL PROTECTED] 6-21-2006

Re: Urgent Help - Virbigen Omega Interferon

2006-07-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
Try the FIP group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FIP/ You may need someone close to you since the feline interferon that I am familiar with has to be kept refrigerated.What symptoms do you see? Why do you think it is FIP? (There is no test for FIP, just for exposure to the corona virus, and

RE: Urgent Help - Virbigen Omega Interferon

2006-07-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
Take a few deep breaths. You may be jumping to conclusions here. There are a lot of possible explanations. Try supplemental feedings -- syringe-feed KMR, feline AD canned, that sort of thing. Get Transfer Factor feline formula in her too.Why do you say you have a lot of corona positive cats?

RE: Urgent Help - Virbigen Omega Interferon

2006-07-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
Don't assume it's FIP. I've had cats who worried me so, cats I was SURE were going to develop FIP, grow up and do well. And I have had cats who seemed so healthy and well, who developed normally, might even have been the biggest in the litter, break mwith FIP months after they were adopted. Relax.

Re: Urgent Help - Virbigen Omega Interferon

2006-07-28 Thread Susan Hoffman
Re "i hate FIP more than FeLV, even, because you can't predict it, you can't prevent it, and in most cases, you can't really treat it "I hate it too, for these same reasons. It leaves me powerless to make a difference. I have had losses over the past two years, so far (and may it so

UPDATE: Esprit has been adopted!

2006-07-28 Thread Susan Hoffman
I've posted a couple of times in search of a home for Esprit, the FeLLV+ cat who was being fostered by a UC Davis studentWell, Esprit has been adopted by Kim, the young lady who had been fostering her! On August 7th they move to Los Angeles together, where Kim has been accepted to law school.

Re: UPDATE: Esprit has been adopted!

2006-07-28 Thread Susan Hoffman
what esprit is gonna think of the enormous amount of reading time law school is going require--hopefully, she'll just find a nearby spot for applied petting On 7/28/06, Susan Hoffman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I've posted a couple of times in search of a home for Esprit, the FeLLV

Re: OT: Gorgeous Birman + blind Tuxedo--must stay together

2006-07-29 Thread Susan Hoffman
Checked out their web site. Damn. Don't you just hate those web sites that make you cry?Pam Norman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I just did. I didn't know about them before. Do you know them? They sound like good people. I've read some of the kittie's stories. Do you know if they adopt out or

Re: Help for my Little Girl

2006-07-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
I swear by a cocktail of feline A/D, Pedialyte, Transfer Factor feline formula, and amoxicillin, syringe-fed to ailing cats.Josie [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I raised my Little Girl from a kitten 1 day old as her mom died shortly after giving birth on the day before Mother's Day 2005. So I

Re: OT: Use of Metacam with cats ** Could be very dangerous

2006-07-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
My mother has two arthritic cats who take it every other day. Also used post-surgery.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: " I missed this one. What would metacam be prescribed for in cats to begin with? " Bones got it when she broke her back. it's for severe pain and inflammation. Phaewryn

Re: Immunoregulin

2006-07-31 Thread Susan Hoffman
I may have missed this but is there any diagnosis yet? What does the vet think is going on?Hideyo Yamamoto [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:Does immunoregulin work to bring PCV on cats who is nonregenenrative anemia?

RE: Immunoregulin

2006-07-31 Thread Susan Hoffman
Tell me again -- ALL the symptoms, how long, what tests have been done, what treatments attempted? Naomi is approximately 4 months old? How much does she weigh? Hideyo Yamamoto [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:One vet thinks it’s might be FIP – buy another one does not think so.. but

RE: Immunoregulin

2006-07-31 Thread Susan Hoffman
How much does she weigh? Is she emaciated, bony backbone? How long has this been going on? Has she been spayed or vaccinated? FeLV status? What meds have been given in the past?Hideyo Yamamoto [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:Anemia (non regenerative) – PCV 18.4 Corona virus positive

RE: Immunoregulin

2006-07-31 Thread Susan Hoffman
I've dealt with FIP before. I assume my own cats are corona positive too. But that's no reason to jump to the conclusion that a cat has FIP. Dry FIP is notoriously hard to diagnose. And you don't want to assume FIP and thus fail to treat a treatable condition.Give me as much history as

RE: Immunoregulin

2006-07-31 Thread Susan Hoffman
If it is FIP you would want to have her on prednisone.What are you syringe-feeding her? I have had very good success with a cocktail of feline A/D, Pedialyte, Transfer Factor feline formula, and amoxicillin. What treatments have already been tried, what medications given? And how long have

RE: Immunoregulin

2006-07-31 Thread Susan Hoffman
Pretty much what I already said --- feline A/D, Pedialyte, amoxicillin, and transfer Factor feline formula. I'd mix it up and try to syringe feed about 10 ccs every few hours. If I really thought it was FIP -- and from your description I am not so sure -- I would do 5 mg of pred daily too.

RE: Bonyness

2006-08-01 Thread Susan Hoffman
Drontal is typically used for deworming, including tape worms. It is safe for kittens but the dosage is based on weight.Hideyo Yamamoto [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:I would recommend though – before you actually give him whatever medicine you give him – to research and make sure that

Re: FeLV+ Adoption/ Foster Care

2006-08-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
I suggest you settle in for the long haul and get a fan in that bedroom. It takes time to find a good adoptive home for an FeLV+ cat even under the best of circumstances.Was this the ELISA test or the IFA? What other health issues, if any, is the cat having? Approximate age? How's his body

RE: Kitten love, part 2

2006-08-14 Thread Susan Hoffman
Shanghai, who passed away a few years ago at the age of 18, was the consummate barfer. We used to accuse him of bulimia. He'd binge, barf, and come looking for a refill. He ruined a couple of monitors with projectile vomiting. It got to the point that I could hear the preliminary sounds in the

Re: :-(

2006-08-17 Thread Susan Hoffman
Then keep a nice shovel near the door for the doggie. I once chased a couple of pitbulls out of my yard and down the block, until they disappeared behind a house. They threatened a nursing feral momcat in my yard. I was out early on a Sunday morning and saw these two dogs staring at me. I

Re: Treating nose sore

2006-08-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
Did she get the basic FVRCP vaccines? That covers calicivirus. Could it be ringworm?G D [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hello everyone, I've been a silent member of the listserv since March and have been learning a lot from your discussions and feeling your sorrows as loved ones pass away. I'm now

Re: IFA kittens, retest at 6 mo 1 yr? Or is IFA positive final?

2006-08-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
They still have a chance to throw off the virus, though it is more likely when an adult cat is exposed to feLV. Still, if these kittens appear healthy and "normal" I am a strong believer in giving them the time to clear the virus. If the cat or kitten is asymptomatic then by all means give them

Re: IFA kittens, retest at 6 mo 1 yr? Or is IFA positive final?

2006-08-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
They still have a chance to throw off the virus, though it is more likely when an adult cat is exposed to feLV. Still, if these kittens appear healthy and "normal" I am a strong believer in giving them the time to clear the virus. If the cat or kitten is asymptomatic then by all means give them

Re: IFA kittens, retest at 6 mo 1 yr? Or is IFA positive final?

2006-08-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
That's all too true. Irrevocable decisions are made on the basis of an in-office ELISA test. If cats were routinely tested with the IFA and given the time and environment to throw off the virus, what would we discover about FeLV?TenHouseCats [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:nope, cats CAN indeed test

Re: Fw: [HANDICATS2] SEEKING: FELV+ Maine Coon (or copycat) in NE area, or CO.

2006-08-29 Thread Susan Hoffman
I urge everyone looking for a special needs cat to check the cats listed at http://www.bemikitties.com/felv/cgi-bin/suite/classifieds/classifieds.cgiand everyone with a special needs foster to list there. This site provides a wonderful freenationwide listing service for FIV, FeLV and other special

Re: OT Food and IBD - Kelly

2006-09-02 Thread Susan Hoffman
A grocery outlet store near me has 4-POUND cans of salmon on sale right now for $3.99 a can. Around here, that's one meal. I will be so unhappy when they sell out their stock on this item.kelly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: At 12:08 PM 9/2/2006, you wrote:Glad to hear this. I am also a member of

Re: OT Food and IBD - Kelly

2006-09-02 Thread Susan Hoffman
in awhile.)Nina [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Tell 'em your willing to take it all off their hands for a further discount!Susan Hoffman wrote: A grocery outlet store near me has 4-POUND cans of salmon on sale right now for $3.99 a can. Around here, that's one meal. I will be so unhappy when they sell

Re: OT Food and IBD - Kelly

2006-09-02 Thread Susan Hoffman
We do the WalMart "Special Kitty brand in the big green box too. Scoop (at least) twice a day, add new litter as needed during the week, then dump, bleach-clean, and refill on the weekends. Six litter boxes, not counting the mini-box in the condo with two feral kittens in the process of

Re: OT Food and IBD - Kelly

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
When I scoop I add more litter to bring it back up to a certain level. So I'm continually adding fresh litter throughout the week before dumping completely on the weekend.Keep listing Zack. Do you have a craigslist.org metro area near you? List in their pets section too. You need to list every

Re: OT - Zack

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
Something else to consider, which I have done on rare ocassion with good results, is psychiatric medication. One of my own cats iss on Prozac due to brain abnormalities most likely the result of her mother being starved during pregnancy. I'll skip the long story but my vet put Peepers on prozac

Re: OT - Zack

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
Something else to consider, which I have done on rare ocassion with good results, is psychiatric medication. One of my own cats iss on Prozac due to brain abnormalities most likely the result of her mother being starved during pregnancy. I'll skip the long story but my vet put Peepers on prozac

Re: OT Food and IBD - Kelly

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
I do the majority of my adoptions through the Bay Area craigslist. That's how I found most of my foster homes too. Screen well and request a nominal adoption fee. (Bunchers get about $5 per animal. Never list for free anywhere.) Craigslist is a great resource. The Bay Area one was the first

Re: OT - Zack

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
For Peepers, Prozac is not a sedative. It effects serotonin levels in the brain. Her's are haywire anyway. I think of it like lithium given to someone who is bipolar, replacing something that should have been there to start with.Great book on psycho-kitties and their treatment: The Cat Who

Re: OT - Zack

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
Try craigslist. Ask for a foster or foster-to-adopt situation. Be honest that he needs an only-cat home butsing his praises -- handsome, great with dogs, etc. -- too. Plan on delivering to his new home so you can do a home inspection at the same time. Require a vet reference. Ask a $20 adoption

Re: OT Food and IBD - Kelly

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
Where? You're in Vermont, right? Did you receive a self-publishing link via email from craigslist after you submitted your listing? Make sure you say "Bengal" in the ad headline. That's an attention-grabber.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: He's on both craig's list and the bemikitties site now!

RE: OT - Zack

2006-09-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
Putting Peepers on Prozac was a last resort. When we drove to the vet for her initial evaluation all I could think was how that drive easily could have been for a very different and irreversible purpose. We really had to consider the possibility of euthanizing her -- she was so hyper-defensive

Re: Felv pos to neg

2006-09-04 Thread Susan Hoffman
I know there are people on this list who have seen a positive turn negative, using IFA for both tests, after 6 or 8 MONTHS. I think if youu see an ELISA positive turn negative after 6-10 weeks then you had a false positive to start with.kelly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I would just like to know

Re: Kitty Prozac (was OT - Zack

2006-09-06 Thread Susan Hoffman
Peepers gets 5 mg of prozac daily. Emailed this infoo to Phaeryn off-list but wanted to share it with the group. We stopped ordering the prozac through my vet and started ordering online. I buy the generic 20 mg tablets and cut into quarters. This gives me a 400 day supply for $42.Go to

Re: The vet I had taken Angel to...

2006-09-06 Thread Susan Hoffman
The most incredible tear-jerker came for me more than a year ago. A foster kitten had to be euthanized because of wet FIP. I received a card from my vet's office. They had made a donation in her name. (I'm tearing up right now. Gotta stop that. I'm at work.) Marylyn [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: My

Re: Lucy again

2006-09-09 Thread Susan Hoffman
I had the same problem. Maddening! This was right after Marie developed colitis and the fecal showed tritrichomomos foetus, which is often mistaken for flagyl-resistant giardia. I was trying to share that info and an off-list email I received urhed me to trim and post but i was never able to trim

Re: timing on FeLV+ test

2006-09-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
I'd give it at least 2 months. How old is he?Susan Franklin [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Gunnar was first tested positive using the Elissa test on August 3.He just started eating Wellness wet/dry, and I started the Mega C onSaturday.When do you recommend I take him back for his retest? Is September

Re: timing on FeLV+ test

2006-09-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
I'd give it at least 2 months. How old is he?Susan Franklin [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Gunnar was first tested positive using the Elissa test on August 3.He just started eating Wellness wet/dry, and I started the Mega C onSaturday.When do you recommend I take him back for his retest? Is September

Re: timing on FeLV+ test

2006-09-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
One thing I always consider with testing -- the tests, the trip to a vet and drawing of blood, is really stressful for the cat. So if you have even a single positive ELISA test, go with the IFA next time. The less the cat needs to be tested, the better.TenHouseCats [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Re: Way OT: Starting a 501(c)3 for cat rescue

2006-09-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
Clearly identify why you think you want to be a 501(c)(3). There's a lot of paperwork every year to maintain that status and, in some states,you become subject to legal requirements that do not apply to independent rescues. What do you hope to gain by becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit? - Grant

Re: Way OT: Starting a 501(c)3 for cat rescue

2006-09-11 Thread Susan Hoffman
with cats, dogs, and livestock. Gotta start somewhere, though. On 9/11/06, Susan Hoffman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Clearly identify why you think you want to be a 501(c)(3). There's a lot of paperwork every year to maintain that status and, in some states,you become subject to legal requirements

Re: Felvtalk Digest, Vol 20, Issue 41

2006-09-14 Thread Susan Hoffman
What sort of help do you need? [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: help

Re: multiple FELV in one house?

2006-09-16 Thread Susan Hoffman
Head straight to bemikitties at http://www.bemikitties.com/felv/cgi-bin/suite/classifieds/classifieds.cgiand see if there are FeLV+ cats in your area in need of a home. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hi everyone! I know that many of you sweeties own more then 1 FELV pos cat. My question is

Re: Jimi the stressed out cat?

2006-09-17 Thread Susan Hoffman
You can get Elavil compounded in a salve for transdermal application inside the ear. Or oral prozac. I would consider either as a short-term fix while he acclimated, maybe a couple of weeks just till he settles in a bit.[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:It really does sound stress-related, which

Re: Jimi the stressed out cat?

2006-09-17 Thread Susan Hoffman
"Never" becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe you just haven't found the solution yet. Stay open to the possibilities.

Re: Behavior Problems

2006-09-19 Thread Susan Hoffman
Unaltered males spray. It's what they do. They also are very territorial. It's hormonal. Why do you not want to neuter him?A lot of cats with heart murmurs are altered. Just let the vet know.A good veterinary hospital should have a heart monitor and will use appropriate type and amount of

Re: Dharma - licking glass

2006-09-21 Thread Susan Hoffman
Is this an empty glass or a glass window or..?wendy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Hideyo,I do know that Pica is the word for an animal thatlicks things that they don't normally lick, likeanemic kitties licking cement or their litter. AndPica is a symptom of anemia. I don't know if glasswould fall

Re: Partners' reactions to FeLV+

2006-09-22 Thread Susan Hoffman
My housemate (and friend of almost 30 years) is also so immensely supportive. Helps with medicating, nail trimming, etc. Cries when we loose one but still insists on doing what we can and making the decision to let go when it is clear that nothing can be done and no real quality of life can be

Re: Mixing

2006-09-23 Thread Susan Hoffman
And make sure Missy has her FeLV vaccinekelly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Now that I do have a positive IFA for Max,,,but of course will retest in 4 months and start on Immuno Regulin,,He is such a social cat and wants to play with the others so bad, I have a female Missy who is 12,,VERY healthy,,

Re: Sick kitty

2006-09-24 Thread Susan Hoffman
At 15, he may have some dental problems. The brown discharge from the eyes sounds like it could be an upper respiratory infection (uri). Any discharge from the nose?Can you get him inside and put him in the bathroom by himself till you can get him to the vet? Clean him up a little and get some

RE: 2 vets?

2006-09-25 Thread Susan Hoffman
I have different vets for different reasons. (1)One is a great surgeon who does thorough research and has a wonderful demeanor. He's also 10 minutes from my house, part of an AAHA certified veterinary hospital with evening and weekend hours. However, he's too expensive for routine matters. (2)

Re: Online coupons

2006-09-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
Also www.imegadeals.com and www.flamingoworld.comI love online coupons!wendy [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Got this from another site:I don't know how many use these sites, but heres alink to coupons: http://www.dailyedeals.com/coupons/pets.htm.__Do

Re: my pred arrived!

2006-09-27 Thread Susan Hoffman
But look at all the offers you got from other people! Just let any of us know if you need more. [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: As Murphy's law would have it, right after I sent that post about not trusting people who say they will send meds, the meds arrived!Michelle

Re: [Fwd: I need a fiv felv home today or Dodger will die. Please HELP!!]

2006-10-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
If that 4 pm deadline and Michigan area code are for real, it's already too late. It is now almost 8 pm on the east coast.Assuming the cat has not already been pts, I would suggest vaccinating the FeLV- cat and encourage the people to learn more about FIV and FeLV. But this may all be a moot

Re: [Fwd: I need a fiv felv home today or Dodger will die. Please HELP!!]

2006-10-03 Thread Susan Hoffman
perhaps we should find out, just in casekelly [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: At 07:06 PM 10/3/2006, you wrote:BelindaPlease pass on my dismay at waiting until it was too late...and our dismay at the ignorance and seeming lack of concern on this persons end. It is always hard when we seemed to be faced

Re: FIP - thanks MC

2006-10-24 Thread Susan Hoffman
I see it usually in kittens between 5 and 10 months. I have a geriatric cat (18) who remains tough and healthy. I have seen it too much in rescue kittens but so far always those under a year. It seems to be triggered by some stressor, very often -- but not always -- hitting within a month of

Re: Giardia

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
Is he giving you metronadazole or pancur or something else?From what I have seen it takes time to percolate in the gut, to divide and multiply or however the bugs increase, so it can take time to show up. Also, not all cats are equally susceptible. My vet doesn't want to treat the while group

Re: Giardia

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
I always use rubber gloves when cleaning, litterboxes or the house in general.Let me know what meds your vet uses. Metronidazole (lagyl) has been the traditional treatment but apparently panacur is also being used these days. I like the idea of panacur granules because they are odorless and

Re: People are crazy

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
My mother once had a housekeeper quit because she was afraid she would catch FIV from one of the cats.Just tell your co-workers to wear rubber gloves if they insist on touching your poop.Kelley Saveika [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:Some of my coworkers overheard me talking to my vet on the phone

Re: Giardia

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
I follow cats to litterboxesthey look at me like I'm crazy. Kelley Saveika [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Yes, the little girl I brought in has liquid diarrhea..that is why I took her. The problem is that with so many it is hard to tell who has it and who doesn't. The only reason I knew she had it

Re: Giardia

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
that all of thecycles of the buggies aretaken out.Barb+Smoky the House Puma+El Bandito Malito"My cat the clown: paying no mind to whom he should impress. Merely living his life, doing what pleases him, and making me smile." - Anonymous - Original Message From: Susan Hoff

Re: Giardia

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
Saveika [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Most of mine are not going in the litterbox:( They are going in the bathtub, in the laundry room, and in the hallway. On 10/30/06, Susan Hoffman [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: I follow cats to litterboxesthey look at me like I'm crazy. Kelley Saveika [EMAIL

Re: Giardia

2006-10-30 Thread Susan Hoffman
You can buy metronidazole through www.1drugstore-online.com and panacur through www.revivalanimal.com (no prescription required in either case). Dosage info available at http://www.critterchat.net/giardia_fands.htm(reprinted from Drs. Foster Smith website.)Jennifer Phaewryn O'Gwynn [EMAIL

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