Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon, etc

2009-10-03 Thread Lorrie
Jane,

I'm sorry this came across as santimonious and unkind.
I sincerely believe we all do the very best we can for 
the cats we LOVE and care for.

Lorrie

On 10-02, Jane Lyons wrote:
 Lorrie wrote:
 
 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.
 
 This is an unkind and sanctimonious remark, Lorrie. I hope you are  
 kinder to the cats you care for.
 
 Jane
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon, etc

2009-10-02 Thread Lorrie

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
incurable.

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. 

Lorrie 


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?
 
  Michael Johnson
 Founder/Owner
 Second Chance Meows
 A FeLV Sanctuary
 


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Re: [Felvtalk] Interferon, etc

2009-10-02 Thread Gloria B. Lane

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.


Gloria




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
incurable.

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.

Lorrie


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?

Michael Johnson
Founder/Owner
Second Chance Meows
A FeLV Sanctuary




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