Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-15 Thread Lance
Tanya,

I hope Maggie feels better really soon. I'm guessing that
you're giving her low-dose interferon alpha? If that's the
case, there doesn't *seem* to be a great possibility for
side effects. When I started Ember on it, my vet told me
that she might get nauseous, but that a reaction like that
was rare. He said we'd have to re-evaluate our options
if that happened. Thankfully, it didn't. I hope that
someone else on the list can give you a better idea. Maggie
will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Lance

On Sun, 15 Nov 2009 13:04 -0800, TANYA NOE sashacatgodd...@yahoo.com
wrote:
  Hello all, my Maggie now 1 year 5 months old has been Felv+ since
  birth. She is the kitten we adopted after testing her for everything
  under the sun to protect our 13 year old Sasha. She later became
  symptomatic (gingivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes)
  and was retested and was positive. Anyway we kept her and her
  symptoms resolved except for the swollen lymph nodes. She has also
  tested positive on the IFA. 
  Early spring she had an episode where she began hiding for a couple
  days, quit eating, and then began abdominal breathing. Turned out
  the pleural sacs around her lungs were full of fluid. She was given
  lasix and in a day was herself. Since then she has been a relatively
  healthy, happy kitty. 
  3 weeks ago I took her and her sister in for vaccines, exams, and
  blood work. They had a hard time getting blood from her (couldn't
  hit the vein) and she got quite stressed. The blood work was perfect
  and she seemed fine after we got home. We started her on Interferon
  a week ago. Now suddenly the last week she has been sleeping all the
  time under blankets (she doesn't like being covered up), not eating
  much (very odd for her as she is a food hound and will eat
  constantly if you let her), and not drinking much (she usually
  drinks and bathes in the pet fountain several times a day). Her temp
  is normal. Thursday we noticed she now is holding up her left front
  paw. She walks on it and the limp is mild.
  Any ideas? Has anyone seen any sides effects with interferon? Would
  it make her feel bad? I'm hesitant to run her to the Dr's. and
  create further stress but am really worried about her. These guys go
  downhill so fast sometimes I don't want to wait either. Any advice
  would be appreciated.
 Thanks,
 Tanya
 
 
   
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-15 Thread jbero tds.net
Hello Tanya,
I can't blaim you for being nervous about odd behavior in a felv cat.
Interferon can cause side effects in humans that can actually lead to
cessation of treatment, they can include gastrointestinal disturbances,
depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, and flu like symptoms.  These
are usually more mild in cats.  Interferon is sometimes given three days on
and three days off which can help with these side effects.

The felv cat that I treatment with interferon has very mild change in
appetite and energy on the days she gets the medication.

With the limp, I would be concerned about infection.  Inspect the paw to see
if there are any swollen areas, red areas, hot areas or extremely sensitive
areas.  If so there is likely are infection.  Usually these are fairly easly
to treat with irrigation of the area and then antibiotics.  Would need to
see the vet for irrigation.

Good luck,

Jenny

On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM, TANYA NOE sashacatgodd...@yahoo.comwrote:

 Hello all, my Maggie now 1 year 5 months old has been Felv+ since
 birth. She is the kitten we adopted after testing her for everything under
 the sun to protect our 13 year old Sasha. She later became symptomatic
 (gingivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes) and was retested and
 was positive. Anyway we kept her and her symptoms resolved except for the
 swollen lymph nodes. She has also tested positive on the IFA.
 Early spring she had an episode where she began hiding for a couple
 days, quit eating, and then began abdominal breathing. Turned out the
 pleural sacs around her lungs were full of fluid. She was given lasix and in
 a day was herself. Since then she has been a relatively healthy, happy
 kitty.
 3 weeks ago I took her and her sister in for vaccines, exams, and blood
 work. They had a hard time getting blood from her (couldn't hit the vein)
 and she got quite stressed. The blood work was perfect and she seemed fine
 after we got home. We started her on Interferon a week ago. Now suddenly the
 last week she has been sleeping all the time under blankets (she doesn't
 like being covered up), not eating much (very odd for her as she is a food
 hound and will eat constantly if you let her), and not drinking much (she
 usually drinks and bathes in the pet fountain several times a day). Her temp
 is normal. Thursday we noticed she now is holding up her left front paw. She
 walks on it and the limp is mild.
 Any ideas? Has anyone seen any sides effects with interferon? Would it
 make her feel bad? I'm hesitant to run her to the Dr's. and create further
 stress but am really worried about her. These guys go downhill so fast
 sometimes I don't want to wait either. Any advice would be appreciated.
 Thanks,
 Tanya




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Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-15 Thread TANYA NOE
Jenny,
 Thanks, Maggie is to get the interferon 7 days on and 7 days off. She is on 
her 3rd day off. I have gotten her to eat some today but she still hasn't had 
anything to drink. I have given her wet food off and on all day as opposed to 
her dry. Wet is usually a small amount daily but I figured it has more moisture 
in it so... I checked out her paw this am. No sores I can see, no swollen 
spots, no hot areas, though she did seem tender where her toes attach. I'm 
torn. Don't want her to get dehydrated. Last time she was sick we almost lost 
her and I am nowhere near ready for that. I know we decided her quality was 
more important than her quantity but she is still my baby and I love her. 
Anyway thanks again.
Tanya
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 From: jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 6:22 PM
 Hello Tanya,
 I can't blaim you for being nervous about odd behavior in a
 felv cat.
 Interferon can cause side effects in humans that can
 actually lead to
 cessation of treatment, they can include gastrointestinal
 disturbances,
 depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, and flu like
 symptoms.  These
 are usually more mild in cats.  Interferon is
 sometimes given three days on
 and three days off which can help with these side effects.
 
 The felv cat that I treatment with interferon has very mild
 change in
 appetite and energy on the days she gets the medication.
 
 With the limp, I would be concerned about infection. 
 Inspect the paw to see
 if there are any swollen areas, red areas, hot areas or
 extremely sensitive
 areas.  If so there is likely are infection. 
 Usually these are fairly easly
 to treat with irrigation of the area and then
 antibiotics.  Would need to
 see the vet for irrigation.
 
 Good luck,
 
 Jenny
 
 On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM, TANYA NOE sashacatgodd...@yahoo.comwrote:
 
      Hello all, my Maggie now 1
 year 5 months old has been Felv+ since
  birth. She is the kitten we adopted after testing her
 for everything under
  the sun to protect our 13 year old Sasha. She later
 became symptomatic
  (gingivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes)
 and was retested and
  was positive. Anyway we kept her and her symptoms
 resolved except for the
  swollen lymph nodes. She has also tested positive on
 the IFA.
      Early spring she had an
 episode where she began hiding for a couple
  days, quit eating, and then began abdominal breathing.
 Turned out the
  pleural sacs around her lungs were full of fluid. She
 was given lasix and in
  a day was herself. Since then she has been a
 relatively healthy, happy
  kitty.
      3 weeks ago I took her and her
 sister in for vaccines, exams, and blood
  work. They had a hard time getting blood from her
 (couldn't hit the vein)
  and she got quite stressed. The blood work was perfect
 and she seemed fine
  after we got home. We started her on Interferon a week
 ago. Now suddenly the
  last week she has been sleeping all the time under
 blankets (she doesn't
  like being covered up), not eating much (very odd for
 her as she is a food
  hound and will eat constantly if you let her), and not
 drinking much (she
  usually drinks and bathes in the pet fountain several
 times a day). Her temp
  is normal. Thursday we noticed she now is holding up
 her left front paw. She
  walks on it and the limp is mild.
      Any ideas? Has anyone seen any
 sides effects with interferon? Would it
  make her feel bad? I'm hesitant to run her to the
 Dr's. and create further
  stress but am really worried about her. These guys go
 downhill so fast
  sometimes I don't want to wait either. Any advice
 would be appreciated.
  Thanks,
  Tanya
 
 
 
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-15 Thread Cougar Clan
Have you thought about making her some chicken soup?  Needless to say,  
nothing canned but a few pieces of chicken stewed/crockpoted (my  
favorite for Copper and Thomas) with maybe a little extra salt to make  
her thirsty?

On Nov 15, 2009, at 6:33 PM, TANYA NOE wrote:


Jenny,
Thanks, Maggie is to get the interferon 7 days on and 7 days off.  
She is on her 3rd day off. I have gotten her to eat some today but  
she still hasn't had anything to drink. I have given her wet food  
off and on all day as opposed to her dry. Wet is usually a small  
amount daily but I figured it has more moisture in it so... I  
checked out her paw this am. No sores I can see, no swollen spots,  
no hot areas, though she did seem tender where her toes attach. I'm  
torn. Don't want her to get dehydrated. Last time she was sick we  
almost lost her and I am nowhere near ready for that. I know we  
decided her quality was more important than her quantity but she is  
still my baby and I love her.

Anyway thanks again.
Tanya
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From: jbero tds.net jb...@tds.net
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is  
appreciated

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 6:22 PM
Hello Tanya,
I can't blaim you for being nervous about odd behavior in a
felv cat.
Interferon can cause side effects in humans that can
actually lead to
cessation of treatment, they can include gastrointestinal
disturbances,
depression, sleep disturbances, irritability, and flu like
symptoms.  These
are usually more mild in cats.  Interferon is
sometimes given three days on
and three days off which can help with these side effects.

The felv cat that I treatment with interferon has very mild
change in
appetite and energy on the days she gets the medication.

With the limp, I would be concerned about infection.
Inspect the paw to see
if there are any swollen areas, red areas, hot areas or
extremely sensitive
areas.  If so there is likely are infection.
Usually these are fairly easly
to treat with irrigation of the area and then
antibiotics.  Would need to
see the vet for irrigation.

Good luck,

Jenny

On Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 3:04 PM, TANYA NOE  
sashacatgodd...@yahoo.comwrote:



 Hello all, my Maggie now 1

year 5 months old has been Felv+ since

birth. She is the kitten we adopted after testing her

for everything under

the sun to protect our 13 year old Sasha. She later

became symptomatic

(gingivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, swollen lymph nodes)

and was retested and

was positive. Anyway we kept her and her symptoms

resolved except for the

swollen lymph nodes. She has also tested positive on

the IFA.

 Early spring she had an

episode where she began hiding for a couple

days, quit eating, and then began abdominal breathing.

Turned out the

pleural sacs around her lungs were full of fluid. She

was given lasix and in

a day was herself. Since then she has been a

relatively healthy, happy

kitty.
 3 weeks ago I took her and her

sister in for vaccines, exams, and blood

work. They had a hard time getting blood from her

(couldn't hit the vein)

and she got quite stressed. The blood work was perfect

and she seemed fine

after we got home. We started her on Interferon a week

ago. Now suddenly the

last week she has been sleeping all the time under

blankets (she doesn't

like being covered up), not eating much (very odd for

her as she is a food

hound and will eat constantly if you let her), and not

drinking much (she

usually drinks and bathes in the pet fountain several

times a day). Her temp

is normal. Thursday we noticed she now is holding up

her left front paw. She

walks on it and the limp is mild.
 Any ideas? Has anyone seen any

sides effects with interferon? Would it

make her feel bad? I'm hesitant to run her to the

Dr's. and create further

stress but am really worried about her. These guys go

downhill so fast

sometimes I don't want to wait either. Any advice

would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Tanya




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Re: [Felvtalk] Maggie's not acting normal, advice is appreciated

2009-11-15 Thread Belinda Sauro
  My Bailey didn't do well on the interferon either, he was lethargic 
and didn't eat well, he also was on the 7 on, 7 off, I finally stopped 
using it and he was fine for years until he passed from pancreatic 
cancer.  Bailey was positive at 5 months of age when he found me, so 
pretty young too.


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