We all have different ways of dealing with these problems, but we care.
Interferon, as I understand, isn't so much a 'drug' - it's a
naturally occurring protein substance in the body. Overdosing on it
is similar to OD'ing on a nutrient such as Vitamin A (or something
like that). In human treatments for cancer, etc, you get injected
with a huge OD. For FELV, cats, however, it more of a food supplement.
So it's indeed much more ' natural' than antibiotics. I personally
think it's a helpful thing for FELVs, but don't use it as much as I
used to. I used to use it with all FELVs less than 3 yrs old. Guess
I've mellowed, and I just don't have time.
On Oct 2, 2009, at 2:57 PM, Lorrie wrote:
Hi Michael of Second Chance Meows...
Just a note to let you know I agree with what you wrote. I have
seen people put their cats through all sorts of painful, invasive
proceedures, and use numerous powerful drugs which make the cats
sicker than they are already, when there is no hope for a cure. In
my opinion this only prolongs the life of a cat, and I feel it causes
the poor animal to suffer longer than it should.
It breaks my heart to see what some owners put their cats through.
I wouldn't want to be kept alive if I was suffering from something
I also have FelV cats who live in a two large cageless rooms in
my cat sanctuary, which is a 2,000 sq foot building I bought as
a cat shelter. I do not give them any drugs like interferon, I
only give them antibiotics if they come down with a URI or have
any other condition which requires veterinary treatment. As long
as they respond to the treatment I know they will have a few more
good months or years before FelV eventually claims them.
Thank you for asking people in the group to look into their hearts
to see if these treatments are for the cat or for themselves because
they want to keep the cat alive no matter what it has to endure.
On 09-29, Second Chance Meows wrote:
my suggestion is to do some research on it. Interferon is used to
fight forms of cancer, and is considered to be chemo. side effects
include: loss of weight, nausea, hair loss, heart issues, pain,
chills,temperature, and many others. I know your talking about low
doses of it but anything that is placed into these little bodies
that has the power to kill not only the bad cells BUT THE GOOD ONES
TOO can not be good for them. their systems are compromised
already. JUST MY OPINION. before you make the decision to give
this to the cat...look into your own heart and ask is this for the
cat..or for yourself? will this really improve the quality of its
life or just prolong the agony its going thru or create more agony,
stress for it?
Second Chance Meows
A FeLV Sanctuary
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