Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-18 Thread Melinda Kerr

Thank you for all of your excellent suggestions.  Maybe with a retractable 
leash she might learn to enjoy the harness!

On 19 Sep, 2010,at 01:02 AM, Natalie at...@optonline.net wrote:

We adopted a kitten when we lived in Sweden years ago. We walked her on a
leash in a park across the street, and either my husband or I had to walk in
front of her, and Tita would follow. She loved watching the birds that were
in the aviaries in the park.

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Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:39 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
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A safer option might be to order Fiji a harness and taking her for walks.
It's pretty hard to walk a cat with a collar but a harness is pretty safe.
You;d have to put it on her a few times inside 1st so she got used to it.
Then she could safely explore the great outdoors. By the way you don't walk
a cat. They walk you. LOL

Mattie, my blind FeLV kitty loved going outside and exploring. I used a
harness and one of those retractable leashes.
Sharyl



On Sep 17, 2010, at 11:04 PM, Melinda Kerr wrote:

 I forgot to add that on our very small base there are
no wild animals, most strays are caught almost immediately (
Fuji is collared and chipped) and the likelihood of Fuji
coming across and getting into a confrontation with another
cat are very slim.  Most people who have cats brought
them from the states and have already had them
vaccinated.  Again, very few are actually let
out.  The speed limit on most of the base is less than
40 kilometers per hour (about 25 mph.)  I know there
are a lot of things she can come across if she goes
outside.  I'll probably keep trying to sit out with her
as I have done since she got sick.  However, if she
occasionally manages to escape my clutches, I won't worry
too much!  She stays pretty close and always comes home
in a couple of hours.  I really am trying to do my best
to keep her healthy and happy.
 
 Thanks again for your input and concern.
 
 Melinda and Fuji






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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-17 Thread Chris
I've had 2 FELV+ cats--one was an adult stray that I was feeding who I found
out was pos when I brought him in.  He was an older cat who had not had an
easy life but he lived several more years in peace  comfort before he
succumbed to lymphoma last fall.  But my Tucson was diagnosed several years
after I got her as a kitten.  She had tested neg on snap test.  When my long
time vet noticed something that made him retest  then find out that she had
likely been pos all her life, he told me he had no experience w. FELV  made
some suggestions about other vet facilities that might have.  I spoke to the
director of my local shelter who suggested I talk to a local woman who would
take FELV+ cats from them when she had room.  That woman gave me the name of
the vet she uses--turned out he was a vet that a friend had recommended.  He
was very helpful in easing my mind, was not real concerned about mixing, and
made some good suggestions about food  nutritutional supplements.  Bottom
line, it helps if your vet has had some experience with FELV or at least is
willing to educate himself.  Maybe there's a rescue near you that works with
FELV+ that could give you some ideas.  

I'm surprised that your vet didn't suggest the IFA test--it is costlier than
the in office snap test but would tell you more conclusively if Lucky is in
fact pos.  Also, you might want to think about having a full blood panel.
Might give you a head start on any other issues he might have and would give
you a baseline reading for the future.  Finances are ALWAYS a big issue--but
making a little investment now might prevent more problems in the future.
Basically, no matter whether he's really pos or neg, you're doing the very
best things you  can do for Lucky (and it sure sounds like he knows it!)

Christiane Biagi
ti...@mindspring.com 

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Bonnie Hogue
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 11:57 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

Yeah, I don't know this vet all that wellHe's young (which can be 
good -- maybe up on the latest technology) and I don't really have a read on

him.  Maybe he's just a little bit in a hurry.  I'm thinking of taking Lucky

to someone more experienced.  Frankly -- and I hate to say it -- but 
finances are a big consideration.  But if it is a matter of his quality of 
life, we'll have to find a way.
~B.
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From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com
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Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


I am very sure he does.  The drooling is a sign of contentment as is  the 
purring and kneading.  He sounds like a wonderful little guy.

 How confident are you in your vet?  If the answer is not 110%,  consider a

 consultation with another vet.
 On Sep 16, 2010, at 5:12 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

 Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma 
 County.

 Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew  I 
 had to do something when I spotted him just after sunset one  evening on 
 the neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was  the saddest, most

 forlorn sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that  this little guy was 
 feeling abandoned and wondering what to do and  where to go.  My next act

 was to open a can of tuna to lure him in.   It worked.  Two days of 
 feeding canned food and I nabbed him.  I  think he was relieved.  He is 
 adjusting well (smartest cat I ever  met).  I went in an laid on the bed 
 and he did all the things my mom  used to tell me about: drooling while 
 he purred, kneading,  stretching out his full length next to me.  What a 
 special cat,  indeed.  I am committed to helping him and keeping him safe

 and  healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe it's time you retire, you know? 
 No more fights or catching rats -- just live the good life on easy 
 street!  Hope he agrees!
 - Original Message - From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com
 
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


 Personally, I would read the information on the board about the 
 testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would  vaccinate 
 my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.   Depending on what 
 you decide to do about mixing (again this board  has lots of 
 information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was  diagnosed with terminal 
 cancer), you go forward the best way you  can.  A spare room is not a 
 bad thing.  Just make all your  decisions with love for Lucky.

 Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them  as 
 stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I  cannot 
 imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and  their 
 separation has caused both of them.  I like

Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Chris
Bonnie--you've come to the right place  there are lots of people who will
respond with some very helpful information.  I'm owned by 1 FELV adult cat 
4 neg adult cats  they are mixed.  I'd sort of wonder about weak
positive--if you look in the archives, you'll see a recent thread about
whether in fact there is such a thing  what it might mean.  In any event,
at some point you'll need to get Lucky tested with IFA test (blood work sent
to lab) to actually determine with more certainty if he is FELV+.  I'm
assuming he was an indoor-outdoor cat cause you mentioned the fleas.  How
old is Lucky?  

Christiane Biagi
ti...@mindspring.com 

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Bonnie Hogue
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:37 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer living
at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is unwell and
struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her hospitalization and
Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet: bad fleas, possible
infected eye and nose, and tested weak positive for feline leukemia.  This
makes my plan of integrating him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.
The vet said I could get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%
protection... Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking
antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure out how to
make this work, longer term.
Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Cougar Clan
Personally, I would read the information on the board about the  
testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would vaccinate  
my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.  Depending on what  
you decide to do about mixing (again this board has lots of  
information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was diagnosed with terminal  
cancer), you go forward the best way you can.  A spare room is not a  
bad thing.  Just make all your decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them as  
stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I cannot  
imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and their  
separation has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue Remedy in  
water and Feliway spray around the house.  There are other things you  
can do to help.  I suspect your mother talked to Lucky a lot.  Maybe a  
radio or even a recording of her voice?  If you do the recording,  
consider a loop tape (like they use for training parrots etc.  Record  
once and it repeats for so long a time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she  
couldn't care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the  
floor for 3 months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally  
reached an agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet  
suggested the Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky is  
not as upset by the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular vets  
that I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and works  
wonderfully with my regular vets (they sent me to her initially).  I  
have a couple of names and numbers in Louisville KY if you need them.   
They do phone consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy every  
minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer  
living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is  
unwell and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her  
hospitalization and Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet:  
bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and tested weak  
positive for feline leukemia.  This makes my plan of integrating  
him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.  The vet said I could  
get my three cats vaccinated providing 80% protection...  
Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, taking  
antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure  
out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue

Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma County.

Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew I had to 
do something when I spotted him just after sunset one evening on the 
neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was the saddest, most forlorn 
sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that this little guy was feeling abandoned 
and wondering what to do and where to go.  My next act was to open a can of 
tuna to lure him in.  It worked.  Two days of feeding canned food and I 
nabbed him.  I think he was relieved.  He is adjusting well (smartest cat I 
ever met).  I went in an laid on the bed and he did all the things my mom 
used to tell me about: drooling while he purred, kneading, stretching out 
his full length next to me.  What a special cat, indeed.  I am committed to 
helping him and keeping him safe and healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe 
it's time you retire, you know?  No more fights or catching rats -- just 
live the good life on easy street!  Hope he agrees!
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From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


Personally, I would read the information on the board about the  testing 
procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would vaccinate  my cats 
and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.  Depending on what  you decide 
to do about mixing (again this board has lots of  information--I mixed 
after one cat (FELV-) was diagnosed with terminal  cancer), you go forward 
the best way you can.  A spare room is not a  bad thing.  Just make all 
your decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them as 
stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I cannot 
imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and their  separation 
has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue Remedy in  water and 
Feliway spray around the house.  There are other things you  can do to 
help.  I suspect your mother talked to Lucky a lot.  Maybe a  radio or 
even a recording of her voice?  If you do the recording,  consider a loop 
tape (like they use for training parrots etc.  Record  once and it repeats 
for so long a time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she  couldn't 
care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the  floor for 3 
months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally  reached an 
agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet  suggested the 
Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky is  not as upset by 
the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular vets  that 
I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and works  wonderfully 
with my regular vets (they sent me to her initially).  I  have a couple of 
names and numbers in Louisville KY if you need them.   They do phone 
consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy every 
minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no longer 
living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but herself is  unwell 
and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats during her  hospitalization 
and Lucky did not look good.  I took him to the vet:  bad fleas, possible 
infected eye and nose, and tested weak  positive for feline leukemia. 
This makes my plan of integrating  him into my 3-cat household a real 
challenge.  The vet said I could  get my three cats vaccinated providing 
80% protection...  Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare bedroom, 
taking  antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm trying to figure 
out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
Thank you!
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Cougar Clan
I am very sure he does.  The drooling is a sign of contentment as is  
the purring and kneading.  He sounds like a wonderful little guy.


How confident are you in your vet?  If the answer is not 110%,  
consider a consultation with another vet.

On Sep 16, 2010, at 5:12 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma  
County.


Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew  
I had to do something when I spotted him just after sunset one  
evening on the neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was  
the saddest, most forlorn sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that  
this little guy was feeling abandoned and wondering what to do and  
where to go.  My next act was to open a can of tuna to lure him in.   
It worked.  Two days of feeding canned food and I nabbed him.  I  
think he was relieved.  He is adjusting well (smartest cat I ever  
met).  I went in an laid on the bed and he did all the things my mom  
used to tell me about: drooling while he purred, kneading,  
stretching out his full length next to me.  What a special cat,  
indeed.  I am committed to helping him and keeping him safe and  
healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe it's time you retire, you know?   
No more fights or catching rats -- just live the good life on easy  
street!  Hope he agrees!
- Original Message - From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com 


To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


Personally, I would read the information on the board about the   
testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would  
vaccinate  my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.   
Depending on what  you decide to do about mixing (again this board  
has lots of  information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was  
diagnosed with terminal  cancer), you go forward the best way you  
can.  A spare room is not a  bad thing.  Just make all your  
decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them  
as stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I  
cannot imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and  
their  separation has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue  
Remedy in  water and Feliway spray around the house.  There are  
other things you  can do to help.  I suspect your mother talked to  
Lucky a lot.  Maybe a  radio or even a recording of her voice?  If  
you do the recording,  consider a loop tape (like they use for  
training parrots etc.  Record  once and it repeats for so long a  
time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she   
couldn't care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the   
floor for 3 months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally   
reached an agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet   
suggested the Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky  
is  not as upset by the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular  
vets  that I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and  
works  wonderfully with my regular vets (they sent me to her  
initially).  I  have a couple of names and numbers in Louisville KY  
if you need them.   They do phone consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy  
every minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no  
longer living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but  
herself is  unwell and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats  
during her  hospitalization and Lucky did not look good.  I took  
him to the vet:  bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and  
tested weak  positive for feline leukemia. This makes my plan of  
integrating  him into my 3-cat household a real challenge.  The  
vet said I could  get my three cats vaccinated providing 80%  
protection...  Meanwhile, Lucky is sequestered in the spare  
bedroom, taking  antibiotics (what a good cat!) and healing.  I'm  
trying to figure out how to make this work, longer term.

Ideas???
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Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia

2010-09-16 Thread Bonnie Hogue
Yeah, I don't know this vet all that wellHe's young (which can be 
good -- maybe up on the latest technology) and I don't really have a read on 
him.  Maybe he's just a little bit in a hurry.  I'm thinking of taking Lucky 
to someone more experienced.  Frankly -- and I hate to say it -- but 
finances are a big consideration.  But if it is a matter of his quality of 
life, we'll have to find a way.

~B.
- Original Message - 
From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


I am very sure he does.  The drooling is a sign of contentment as is  the 
purring and kneading.  He sounds like a wonderful little guy.


How confident are you in your vet?  If the answer is not 110%,  consider a 
consultation with another vet.

On Sep 16, 2010, at 5:12 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Thanks, Cougar Clan.  I am looking up a holistic vet here in Sonoma 
County.


Lucky was living outside and not coming around for feeding.  I knew  I 
had to do something when I spotted him just after sunset one  evening on 
the neighbor's roof, looking out on the world.  It was  the saddest, most 
forlorn sight I'd ever seen.  I knew then that  this little guy was 
feeling abandoned and wondering what to do and  where to go.  My next act 
was to open a can of tuna to lure him in.   It worked.  Two days of 
feeding canned food and I nabbed him.  I  think he was relieved.  He is 
adjusting well (smartest cat I ever  met).  I went in an laid on the bed 
and he did all the things my mom  used to tell me about: drooling while 
he purred, kneading,  stretching out his full length next to me.  What a 
special cat,  indeed.  I am committed to helping him and keeping him safe 
and  healthy.  I tell him, Lucky, maybe it's time you retire, you know? 
No more fights or catching rats -- just live the good life on easy 
street!  Hope he agrees!

- Original Message - From: Cougar Clan maima...@duo-county.com

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] New to Feline Leukemia


Personally, I would read the information on the board about the 
testing procedures and have him retested.  Meanwhile I would  vaccinate 
my cats and keep Lucky safe until he is retested.   Depending on what 
you decide to do about mixing (again this board  has lots of 
information--I mixed after one cat (FELV-) was  diagnosed with terminal 
cancer), you go forward the best way you  can.  A spare room is not a 
bad thing.  Just make all your  decisions with love for Lucky.


Feed all of the cats the absolute best diet you can and keep them  as 
stress free as possible.  Lucky has gone through a lot and I  cannot 
imagine the pain and stress of your mother's illness and  their 
separation has caused both of them.  I like to use Rescue  Remedy in 
water and Feliway spray around the house.  There are  other things you 
can do to help.  I suspect your mother talked to  Lucky a lot.  Maybe a 
radio or even a recording of her voice?  If  you do the recording, 
consider a loop tape (like they use for  training parrots etc.  Record 
once and it repeats for so long a  time).


I brought my Daddy's cat to live with me after Mom decided she 
couldn't care for her after Daddy left this world.  I slept on the 
floor for 3 months trying to get Kitty to come out.  We finally 
reached an agreementI was there to serve her.  My holistic vet 
suggested the Feliway and it really helped.  It sounds like Lucky  is 
not as upset by the move but keep this in mind.


Consider consulting a holistic/alternative vet.  I have regular  vets 
that I adore and a holistic vet who has a vet degree and  works 
wonderfully with my regular vets (they sent me to her  initially).  I 
have a couple of names and numbers in Louisville KY  if you need them. 
They do phone consultations.


Then, most importantly for me, throw away the calendar and enjoy  every 
minute you have with Lucky and the other cats.


Bless you for caring.

On Sep 15, 2010, at 11:37 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:


It's a long story, but I'll shorten it...
My mom has a heart cat named Lucky.  She's disabled and no  longer 
living at home.  Her sister was caring for Lucky, but  herself is 
unwell and struggling.  I went over to feed the cats  during her 
hospitalization and Lucky did not look good.  I took  him to the vet: 
bad fleas, possible infected eye and nose, and  tested weak  positive 
for feline leukemia. This makes my plan of  integrating  him into my 
3-cat household a real challenge.  The  vet said I could  get my three 
cats vaccinated providing 80%  protection...  Meanwhile, Lucky is 
sequestered in the spare  bedroom, taking  antibiotics (what a good 
cat!) and healing.  I'm  trying to figure out how to make this work, 
longer term.

Ideas???
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