Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-26 Thread jbero tds.net
Amy,

I don't have much input on restricting activity.  In general it seems to me
that once a cat realizes his limitations he'll limit himself.  I am not big
on limiting them.  They generally do that on their own.  I guess it's a
personal opinion.  Certainly something could happen, but something could
happen to any of us.

I really wanted to see if you would be interested in trying a tonic.  It is
a tonic meant for treatment of cancers, but it has properties and benefits
that extend beyond this.  It has helped various people and animals in
various way.  Noone has ever reported any significant negative side effects
with its use.  It is an herbal tonic consistenting of four plant
derivatives.  I was wondering if it could help a felv cat.  It would be
fantastic to see a reversal of neurologic symptoms.  I don't know that it
would help, but it has done wonders in many settings.

If you're interested I can send you the list of herbs and how to prepare
it.

On a different note, I have seen some amazing things with acupuncture and
alignment on dogs and cats.  If the weakness is not due to felv, these
procedures may help.  You'd have to go to an alternative vet for that
though.  I don't know it was just a thought and I figured I put it out
there.

Jenny


On 7/23/10, Amy awilkin...@yahoo.com wrote:

 Wondering if people would offer an opinion.  My cat, Wolfie, has rear leg
 weakness that is getting progressively worse.  He's been seen by numerous
 vets and it's not going to get any better.  I'm guessing the leukemia is
 finally getting the best of him.

 Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do.  Initially my vet
 said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles was good for
 them.  He is now starting to stumble or sit more often.  He doesn't totally
 fall over or anything, just gets a bit wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
 linoleum, he has much less control of his legs.  He is still jumping up and
 down on my bed, eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down
 stairs, etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes me
 so nervous.  On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him out of fear.  I
 talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said if it was her cat, the
 stairs would be off limits.  This will be so tough because I have 3 other
 cats, 1 very shy one that hides in the basement and only comes out when my
 son is sleeping.  I would have to force her to stay in the basement or out
 of the basement (as opposed to having access to the cat door in the
 basement door).  The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I
 can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do the stairs,
 he will stop doing them.  Is that foolish?  He is such an opinionated,
 strong-willed cat and I know he will not be pleased if I restrict him in any
 fashion.

 Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He has food, water, and litter on
 all floors.  He just chooses to.

 Thoughts?

 Thanks
 Amy




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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-24 Thread Amy
The potassium was fine at the last vet visit when he was checked for the leg 
weakness (about 4 weeks ago).  I don't think they checked blood pressure.  I'm 
hesitant to keep taking him in over and over for blood work as he has had 
non-regenerative anemia for almost a year now.  

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 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 11:58 PM
    What is the kitties
 potassium and blood pressure?
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-24 Thread Amy
I thought about this too but I always thought arthritis was painful.  I've had 
Wolfie for 6 years and while I know cats don't typically show pain, I'm pretty 
sure this one would let it be known.  I'll definitely bring this up with my vet 
as well, though, in case I'm missing something.  

Thanks!
Amy

--- On Fri, 7/23/10, Chris ti...@mindspring.com wrote:

 From: Chris ti...@mindspring.com
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 10:57 PM
 Amy--am afraid I haven't been
 following all the details of the various tests
  suggestions and I know it sounds stupid, but is there
 any chance Wolfie
 developed very bad early onset arthritis?  
 
 Christiane Biagi
 
 


  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Sara Kasteleyn
First of all, kudos to you for being so careful with him.  This can't be
easy for you and from your posts here, I know you've been exploring many
options to assist Wolfie.

Others may have conflicting opinions, but I'm thinking Wolfie will tell you
when he longer feels comfortable on the stairs.  There's no need for him to
use them if he doesn't feel confident, as you've made everything available
to him on one level if he needs to stay on one level.  My two cents!
Sara


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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 11:27 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

Wondering if people would offer an opinion.  My cat, Wolfie, has rear leg
weakness that is getting progressively worse.  He's been seen by numerous
vets and it's not going to get any better.  I'm guessing the leukemia is
finally getting the best of him.  


Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do.  Initially my vet
said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles was good for
them.  He is now starting to stumble or sit more often.  He doesn't totally
fall over or anything, just gets a bit wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
linoleum, he has much less control of his legs.  He is still jumping up and
down on my bed, eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down
stairs, etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes me
so nervous.  On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him out of fear.  I
talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said if it was her cat, the
stairs would be off limits.  This will be so tough because I have 3 other
cats, 1 very shy one that hides in the basement and only comes out when my
son is sleeping.  I would have to force her to stay in the basement or out
of the basement (as opposed to having access to the cat door in the
 basement door).  The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I
can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do the stairs,
he will stop doing them.  Is that foolish?  He is such an opinionated,
strong-willed cat and I know he will not be pleased if I restrict him in any
fashion.

Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He has food, water, and litter on
all floors.  He just chooses to.

Thoughts?

Thanks
Amy


  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Chris
Oh Amy--WOlfie sounds like such a spunky little character!  If he's jumping
on the bed, etc., then he's still spry enough to do the stairs.  And you
know, when he can't do it, he won't try.  He might just start meowing at the
bottom or top of the stairs when he wants help going up or down.  Cats are
pretty sharp about stuff like that-LOL.  So if it were me, I'd keep an eye
but wouldn't restrict him or the other kitties at this point. My guess is
that he'd hate the restrictions...   

Christiane Biagi

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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 2:27 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

Wondering if people would offer an opinion.  My cat, Wolfie, has rear leg
weakness that is getting progressively worse.  He's been seen by numerous
vets and it's not going to get any better.  I'm guessing the leukemia is
finally getting the best of him.  


Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do.  Initially my vet
said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles was good for
them.  He is now starting to stumble or sit more often.  He doesn't totally
fall over or anything, just gets a bit wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
linoleum, he has much less control of his legs.  He is still jumping up and
down on my bed, eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down
stairs, etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes me
so nervous.  On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him out of fear.  I
talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said if it was her cat, the
stairs would be off limits.  This will be so tough because I have 3 other
cats, 1 very shy one that hides in the basement and only comes out when my
son is sleeping.  I would have to force her to stay in the basement or out
of the basement (as opposed to having access to the cat door in the
 basement door).  The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I
can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do the stairs,
he will stop doing them.  Is that foolish?  He is such an opinionated,
strong-willed cat and I know he will not be pleased if I restrict him in any
fashion.

Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He has food, water, and litter on
all floors.  He just chooses to.

Thoughts?

Thanks
Amy


  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Lorrie
Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems, and 
they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing stairs or
trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what he thinks
he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him, and 
this is always bad for FelV cats.

Lorrie
 

On 07-23, Amy wrote:

 Wondering if people would offer an opinion.  My cat, Wolfie, has
 rear leg weakness that is getting progressively worse.  He's been
 seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get any better.  I'm
 guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best of him.
 
 Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do.  Initially
  my vet said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles
  was good for them.  He is now starting to stumble or sit more
  often.  He doesn't totally fall over or anything, just gets a bit
  wobbly or sits down.  If he's on linoleum, he has much less
  control of his legs.  He is still jumping up and down on my bed,
  eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down stairs,
  etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes
  me so nervous.  On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him
  out of fear.  I talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said
  if it was her cat, the stairs would be off limits.  This will be
  so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very shy one that hides in
  the basement and only comes out when my son is sleeping.  I would
  have to force her to stay in the basement or out of the basement
  (as opposed to having access to the cat door in the basement
  door).  The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I
  can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do
  the stairs, he will stop doing them.  Is that foolish?  He is such
  an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know he will not be
  pleased if I restrict him in any fashion.
 
 Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He has food, water, and
 litter on all floors.  He just chooses to.
 
 Thoughts?
 
 Thanks
 Amy

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Tracy Weese
I remember when you posted initially -- I responded that I, too, had a cat that 
began experiencing rear leg weakness and then some head tremors.  Her blood 
work (a reg health screen) was great (but for FeLV) so they sent her home and 
said watch her and see if it gets better, worse, etc.  Well, it never got 
better so I took her in for xrays and the vet then said that toxoplasmosis was 
a possiblity and one other thing (crypto??) and so we ran specific tests 
for that -- the xrays showed no tumors or lesions.

The test results said NO toxo or crypto, but it did show corona virus and so 
now folks are thinking FIP (dry).  They are running a blood serum test now and 
then once I have those results will decide whether there is any need to explore 
further.

My vet thinks it really must be FIP bec. of the FeLV status and the neuro 
symptoms and the fact that the xrays were good and the other blood tests were 
negative -- even though it is sometimes hard to diagnoses FIP.  So, I am really 
bummed out and don't mean to bum you out, but did not know if you explored this 
or not.  Right now my cat is eating well but still has that rear leg weakness 
and some head tremors -- although they seem a little less (this could be 
wishful thinking on my part).  When she came home from the xrays and while we 
were waiting on the toxo results, the vet started her on clindamyacin which I 
finished giving her this week.




-Original Message-
From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com
Sent: Jul 23, 2010 5:23 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems, and 
they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing stairs or
trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what he thinks
he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him, and 
this is always bad for FelV cats.

Lorrie
 

On 07-23, Amy wrote:

 Wondering if people would offer an opinion.  My cat, Wolfie, has
 rear leg weakness that is getting progressively worse.  He's been
 seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get any better.  I'm
 guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best of him.
 
 Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do.  Initially
  my vet said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles
  was good for them.  He is now starting to stumble or sit more
  often.  He doesn't totally fall over or anything, just gets a bit
  wobbly or sits down.  If he's on linoleum, he has much less
  control of his legs.  He is still jumping up and down on my bed,
  eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down stairs,
  etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes
  me so nervous.  On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him
  out of fear.  I talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said
  if it was her cat, the stairs would be off limits.  This will be
  so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very shy one that hides in
  the basement and only comes out when my son is sleeping.  I would
  have to force her to stay in the basement or out of the basement
  (as opposed to having access to the cat door in the basement
  door).  The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I
  can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do
  the stairs, he will stop doing them.  Is that foolish?  He is such
  an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know he will not be
  pleased if I restrict him in any fashion.
 
 Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He has food, water, and
 litter on all floors.  He just chooses to.
 
 Thoughts?
 
 Thanks
 Amy

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Cougar Clan
You might consider a ramp or something like that so he can continue to  
get on the bed with you.  If you acclimate him to it now, he can  
decide to use it on his own.

On Jul 23, 2010, at 4:23 PM, Lorrie wrote:


Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems, and
they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing stairs or
trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what he thinks
he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him, and
this is always bad for FelV cats.

Lorrie


On 07-23, Amy wrote:


Wondering if people would offer an opinion.  My cat, Wolfie, has
rear leg weakness that is getting progressively worse.  He's been
seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get any better.  I'm
guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best of him.

Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let him do.  Initially
my vet said not to restrict him, that letting him use the muscles
was good for them.  He is now starting to stumble or sit more
often.  He doesn't totally fall over or anything, just gets a bit
wobbly or sits down.  If he's on linoleum, he has much less
control of his legs.  He is still jumping up and down on my bed,
eating, purring, laying on my chest, going up and down stairs,
etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and him doing the stairs makes
me so nervous.  On the other hand, I don't want to restrict him
out of fear.  I talked to the receptionist at the vet and she said
if it was her cat, the stairs would be off limits.  This will be
so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very shy one that hides in
the basement and only comes out when my son is sleeping.  I would
have to force her to stay in the basement or out of the basement
(as opposed to having access to the cat door in the basement
door).  The last thing I want is to see Wolfie get hurt but I
can't seem to think that if he gets to a point where he can't do
the stairs, he will stop doing them.  Is that foolish?  He is such
an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know he will not be
pleased if I restrict him in any fashion.

Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He has food, water, and
litter on all floors.  He just chooses to.

Thoughts?

Thanks
Amy


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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Amy
Hi Tracy,

Thanks for writing.  Sorry to hear about your cat.  I certainly understand you 
being bummed out.  I don't think I could be more bummed out over all this.  Any 
info is helpful to me at this point and I'm very grateful to be part of this 
list.  Please keep me posted on what you find out about the FIP.  

I did come across FIP in my research on what could be causing Wolfie's leg 
problems.  He has seen multiple vets so I guess I just assumed somebody would 
have picked up on that if he was showing any symptoms.  I'll definitely bring 
it up though.  I'm waiting to hear back from Cornell to see if I should take 
him there again.

Amy

--- On Fri, 7/23/10, Tracy Weese trwe...@earthlink.net wrote:

 From: Tracy Weese trwe...@earthlink.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:40 PM
 I remember when you posted initially
 -- I responded that I, too, had a cat that began
 experiencing rear leg weakness and then some head
 tremors.  Her blood work (a reg health screen) was
 great (but for FeLV) so they sent her home and said watch
 her and see if it gets better, worse, etc.  Well, it
 never got better so I took her in for xrays and the vet then
 said that toxoplasmosis was a possiblity and one other thing
 (crypto??) and so we ran specific tests for that -- the
 xrays showed no tumors or lesions.
 
 The test results said NO toxo or crypto, but it did show
 corona virus and so now folks are thinking FIP (dry). 
 They are running a blood serum test now and then once I have
 those results will decide whether there is any need to
 explore further.
 
 My vet thinks it really must be FIP bec. of the FeLV status
 and the neuro symptoms and the fact that the xrays were good
 and the other blood tests were negative -- even though it is
 sometimes hard to diagnoses FIP.  So, I am really
 bummed out and don't mean to bum you out, but did not know
 if you explored this or not.  Right now my cat is
 eating well but still has that rear leg weakness and some
 head tremors -- although they seem a little less (this
 could be wishful thinking on my part).  When she came
 home from the xrays and while we were waiting on the toxo
 results, the vet started her on clindamyacin which I
 finished giving her this week.
 
 
 
 
 -Original Message-
 From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com
 Sent: Jul 23, 2010 5:23 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 
 Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems,
 and 
 they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing
 stairs or
 trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what
 he thinks
 he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him,
 and 
 this is always bad for FelV cats.
 
 Lorrie
  
 
 On 07-23, Amy wrote:
 
  Wondering if people would offer an opinion. 
 My cat, Wolfie, has
  rear leg weakness that is getting progressively
 worse.  He's been
  seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get
 any better.  I'm
  guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best
 of him.
  
  Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let
 him do.  Initially
   my vet said not to restrict him, that
 letting him use the muscles
   was good for them.  He is now starting
 to stumble or sit more
   often.  He doesn't totally fall over or
 anything, just gets a bit
   wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
 linoleum, he has much less
   control of his legs.  He is still
 jumping up and down on my bed,
   eating, purring, laying on my chest, going
 up and down stairs,
   etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and
 him doing the stairs makes
   me so nervous.  On the other hand, I
 don't want to restrict him
   out of fear.  I talked to the
 receptionist at the vet and she said
   if it was her cat, the stairs would be off
 limits.  This will be
   so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very
 shy one that hides in
   the basement and only comes out when my son
 is sleeping.  I would
   have to force her to stay in the basement or
 out of the basement
   (as opposed to having access to the cat door
 in the basement
   door).  The last thing I want is to see
 Wolfie get hurt but I
   can't seem to think that if he gets to a
 point where he can't do
   the stairs, he will stop doing them. 
 Is that foolish?  He is such
   an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know
 he will not be
   pleased if I restrict him in any fashion.
  
  Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He
 has food, water, and
  litter on all floors.  He just chooses to.
  
  Thoughts?
  
  Thanks
  Amy
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Amy

Thanks to all that have replied.  My gut tells me to let Wolfie do what he 
wants.  That's the way it has always been with him and I don't think he'd have 
it any other way to be honest.  I guess I just needed reassurance that I wasn't 
being an irresponsible mom.  Thanks for all the support!  

Amy

 From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:23 PM
 Amy, I've had several FelV cats with
 back leg problems, and 
 they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing stairs
 or
 trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what he
 thinks
 he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him, and 
 this is always bad for FelV cats.
 
 Lorrie
  



  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Laurieskatz
Coco had Mynecrosis that the vets attributed to a nutritional deficiency
after ruling out toxo and another cause.
I was emptying an entire bag of dry Wellness into a Tupperware container.
The thought was the oxygen rush depleted the food of Vitamin D/Selenium.
Laurie

Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of
a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to
the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. ~ Martin
Luther King, Jr.


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Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 9:15 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

Hi Tracy,

Thanks for writing.  Sorry to hear about your cat.  I certainly understand
you being bummed out.  I don't think I could be more bummed out over all
this.  Any info is helpful to me at this point and I'm very grateful to be
part of this list.  Please keep me posted on what you find out about the
FIP.  

I did come across FIP in my research on what could be causing Wolfie's leg
problems.  He has seen multiple vets so I guess I just assumed somebody
would have picked up on that if he was showing any symptoms.  I'll
definitely bring it up though.  I'm waiting to hear back from Cornell to see
if I should take him there again.

Amy

--- On Fri, 7/23/10, Tracy Weese trwe...@earthlink.net wrote:

 From: Tracy Weese trwe...@earthlink.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:40 PM
 I remember when you posted initially
 -- I responded that I, too, had a cat that began
 experiencing rear leg weakness and then some head
 tremors.  Her blood work (a reg health screen) was
 great (but for FeLV) so they sent her home and said watch
 her and see if it gets better, worse, etc.  Well, it
 never got better so I took her in for xrays and the vet then
 said that toxoplasmosis was a possiblity and one other thing
 (crypto??) and so we ran specific tests for that -- the
 xrays showed no tumors or lesions.
 
 The test results said NO toxo or crypto, but it did show
 corona virus and so now folks are thinking FIP (dry). 
 They are running a blood serum test now and then once I have
 those results will decide whether there is any need to
 explore further.
 
 My vet thinks it really must be FIP bec. of the FeLV status
 and the neuro symptoms and the fact that the xrays were good
 and the other blood tests were negative -- even though it is
 sometimes hard to diagnoses FIP.  So, I am really
 bummed out and don't mean to bum you out, but did not know
 if you explored this or not.  Right now my cat is
 eating well but still has that rear leg weakness and some
 head tremors -- although they seem a little less (this
 could be wishful thinking on my part).  When she came
 home from the xrays and while we were waiting on the toxo
 results, the vet started her on clindamyacin which I
 finished giving her this week.
 
 
 
 
 -Original Message-
 From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com
 Sent: Jul 23, 2010 5:23 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 
 Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems,
 and 
 they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing
 stairs or
 trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what
 he thinks
 he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him,
 and 
 this is always bad for FelV cats.
 
 Lorrie
  
 
 On 07-23, Amy wrote:
 
  Wondering if people would offer an opinion. 
 My cat, Wolfie, has
  rear leg weakness that is getting progressively
 worse.  He's been
  seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get
 any better.  I'm
  guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best
 of him.
  
  Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let
 him do.  Initially
   my vet said not to restrict him, that
 letting him use the muscles
   was good for them.  He is now starting
 to stumble or sit more
   often.  He doesn't totally fall over or
 anything, just gets a bit
   wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
 linoleum, he has much less
   control of his legs.  He is still
 jumping up and down on my bed,
   eating, purring, laying on my chest, going
 up and down stairs,
   etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and
 him doing the stairs makes
   me so nervous.  On the other hand, I
 don't want to restrict him
   out of fear.  I talked to the
 receptionist at the vet and she said
   if it was her cat, the stairs would be off
 limits.  This will be
   so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very
 shy one that hides in
   the basement and only comes out when my son
 is sleeping.  I would
   have to force her to stay in the basement or
 out of the basement
   (as opposed to having access to the cat door
 in the basement
   door).  The last thing I want is to see
 Wolfie get hurt but I
   can't seem to think that if he gets

Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Amy
Laurie

I remember you mentioning Coco having this and did add it to my list of 
possible causes.  Was the problem able to be resolved?




  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Laurieskatz
Yes. I changed her to canned Wellness and she is a happy healthy 14 year
old, 6 years later! She is not FeLV+. 
They had to take muscle biopsies and sent them off to a clinic in Dallas or
something.
This is not something many vets can biopsy, I guess.
I took her to Iowa State University Vet School in Ames, IA. Your vet could
call them.
We dealt with the neurologist.


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a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to
the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way. ~ Martin
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-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 9:36 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

Laurie

I remember you mentioning Coco having this and did add it to my list of
possible causes.  Was the problem able to be resolved?




  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Chris
Amy--being irresponsible would have been if you hadn't given it a second
thought!  Wolfie sounds like a wonderful cat who knows his own mind and who
lets you know what he wants  needs  what he can or can't do.  After all,
our kitties only let us THINK we're in charge--they KNOW that we really
belong to them and not the other way around!  

Christiane Biagi


-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 10:21 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs


Thanks to all that have replied.  My gut tells me to let Wolfie do what he
wants.  That's the way it has always been with him and I don't think he'd
have it any other way to be honest.  I guess I just needed reassurance that
I wasn't being an irresponsible mom.  Thanks for all the support!  

Amy

 From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:23 PM
 Amy, I've had several FelV cats with
 back leg problems, and 
 they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing stairs
 or
 trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what he
 thinks
 he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him, and 
 this is always bad for FelV cats.
 
 Lorrie
  



  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Chris
Amy--am afraid I haven't been following all the details of the various tests
 suggestions and I know it sounds stupid, but is there any chance Wolfie
developed very bad early onset arthritis?  

Christiane Biagi


-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Amy
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 10:36 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

Laurie

I remember you mentioning Coco having this and did add it to my list of
possible causes.  Was the problem able to be resolved?




  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Michelle Brockman
There is a treatment out there that has successfully treated dry FIP.I am brain 
fried and cant think of the name but I found out about it because my cat had 
FIP, only the wet kind, and this injection was listed as a possible treatment. 
Its brand new and i'm sure you can get more info on it on one of the yahoo FIP 
groups.


-Original Message-
From: Amy
Sent: 7/24/2010 2:14:51 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
Hi Tracy,

Thanks for writing.  Sorry to hear about your cat.  I certainly understand you 
being bummed out.  I don't think I could be more bummed out over all this.  Any 
info is helpful to me at this point and I'm very grateful to be part of this 
list.  Please keep me posted on what you find out about the FIP.

I did come across FIP in my research on what could be causing Wolfie's leg 
problems.  He has seen multiple vets so I guess I just assumed somebody would 
have picked up on that if he was showing any symptoms.  I'll definitely bring 
it up though.  I'm waiting to hear back from Cornell to see if I should take 
him there again.

Amy

--- On Fri, 7/23/10, Tracy Weese trwe...@earthlink.net wrote:

 From: Tracy Weese trwe...@earthlink.net
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Date: Friday, July 23, 2010, 5:40 PM
 I remember when you posted initially
 -- I responded that I, too, had a cat that began
 experiencing rear leg weakness and then some head
 tremors.  Her blood work (a reg health screen) was
 great (but for FeLV) so they sent her home and said watch
 her and see if it gets better, worse, etc.  Well, it
 never got better so I took her in for xrays and the vet then
 said that toxoplasmosis was a possiblity and one other thing
 (crypto??) and so we ran specific tests for that -- the
 xrays showed no tumors or lesions.

 The test results said NO toxo or crypto, but it did show
 corona virus and so now folks are thinking FIP (dry).
 They are running a blood serum test now and then once I have
 those results will decide whether there is any need to
 explore further.

 My vet thinks it really must be FIP bec. of the FeLV status
 and the neuro symptoms and the fact that the xrays were good
 and the other blood tests were negative -- even though it is
 sometimes hard to diagnoses FIP.  So, I am really
 bummed out and don't mean to bum you out, but did not know
 if you explored this or not.  Right now my cat is
 eating well but still has that rear leg weakness and some
 head tremors -- although they seem a little less (this
 could be wishful thinking on my part).  When she came
 home from the xrays and while we were waiting on the toxo
 results, the vet started her on clindamyacin which I
 finished giving her this week.




 -Original Message-
 From: Lorrie felineres...@kvinet.com
 Sent: Jul 23, 2010 5:23 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs
 
 Amy, I've had several FelV cats with back leg problems,
 and
 they seem to know when it's time to stop climbing
 stairs or
 trying to jump up on things.  I'd let him do what
 he thinks
 he is up to doing. To restrict him would stress him,
 and
 this is always bad for FelV cats.
 
 Lorrie
 
 
 On 07-23, Amy wrote:
 
  Wondering if people would offer an opinion.
 My cat, Wolfie, has
  rear leg weakness that is getting progressively
 worse.  He's been
  seen by numerous vets and it's not going to get
 any better.  I'm
  guessing the leukemia is finally getting the best
 of him.
 
  Anyway, I'm just wondering how much I should let
 him do.  Initially
   my vet said not to restrict him, that
 letting him use the muscles
   was good for them.  He is now starting
 to stumble or sit more
   often.  He doesn't totally fall over or
 anything, just gets a bit
   wobbly or sits down.  If he's on
 linoleum, he has much less
   control of his legs.  He is still
 jumping up and down on my bed,
   eating, purring, laying on my chest, going
 up and down stairs,
   etc.  I don't want him to get hurt and
 him doing the stairs makes
   me so nervous.  On the other hand, I
 don't want to restrict him
   out of fear.  I talked to the
 receptionist at the vet and she said
   if it was her cat, the stairs would be off
 limits.  This will be
   so tough because I have 3 other cats, 1 very
 shy one that hides in
   the basement and only comes out when my son
 is sleeping.  I would
   have to force her to stay in the basement or
 out of the basement
   (as opposed to having access to the cat door
 in the basement
   door).  The last thing I want is to see
 Wolfie get hurt but I
   can't seem to think that if he gets to a
 point where he can't do
   the stairs, he will stop doing them.
 Is that foolish?  He is such
   an opinionated, strong-willed cat and I know
 he will not be
   pleased if I restrict him in any fashion.
 
  Oh and he doesn't have to do any stairs.  He
 has food, water, and
  litter on all

Re: [Felvtalk] Restricting cat from stairs

2010-07-23 Thread Belinda Sauro

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