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Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ilovecats94, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    I saw your post on Carla's about her Tabby. Could you give me some background about what you are going through with your cat?

    I really am interested. :)

    Hope you are feeling well.

    Hugs,
    Faye
  2. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I happened to see Carla's original post on her cat's weight loss....I had just taken my almost 9-year-old cat to the vet, expecting that they would tell me she was too heavy (not that she looks it....it's just that cats of this age tend to gain, not lose as they're slowing down). Anyway, she'd LOST a full pound, about 10% of her body weight, which concerned both the vet & me. They did a lot of bloodwork, all of which came back fine, except that her white blood count was slightly low. The vet suggested maybe doing a feline leukemia test on her, and an FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus----like HIV in humans) test, even though she'd been an indoor-only cat her entire life since adoption at age 8 weeks.

    Indoor-only cats often aren't vaccinated for FIV or feline leukemia because these usually come from outdoor fights with other cats, aren't passed to humans (like, for example, rabies can be) and my cat's original vet was a stickler for less vaccinations, not more, because they are finding a high number of malignant tumors in cats at injection sites in recent years---so my cat's vet advocated as few vaccinations as possible. We only did rabies shots for my cats, since they never ventured outside.

    Anyway, my cat's feline leukemia test was negative, but her FIV test came back positive! Which explains the low white blood count, common for FIV. I'm not sure what her course of treatment will be, my vet's consulting a specialist and I'll find out more tomorrow afternoon.

    What's baffling me is how she got it. She's NEVER gotten out of the house (like some indoor cats might get loose occasionally), has only been boarded in one place, a Cat Resort that even my vet feels is extremely careful in how they handle cats (and don't let them "mingle"). This FIV can also be passed through an infected momma cat, but we adopted my cat at 8 weeks, and she had a negative FIV test at one year old; you'd think her test then would've been positive if she had been infected by her mom.

    Anyway, I'll let you know what I find out about treatment and what we can expect for her.....thank you for your interest, and ggiggi's, too. I know we have a lot of cat lovers on this board!!!

    I'm trying not to panic until I have all the facts.

    Thanks again, hope you are doing well, too.

    Hugs,
    Pam
  3. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    Pam,
    Oh my, you story sounds just like what happened with my Elliott, who died on 1/7/98.

    Elliott was a big cat and lost like 8 pounds within a few months and stopped eating. We took him to the vet and all he could find out was he has a low white count, but he didn't know why. I cried, thinking Elliott was dying.

    Well we put Elliott on cat vitamins and he ended up perking up and gained some weight, but about 9 months later, we found him dead on the sidewalk and of sudden death with no injuries.

    Elliott did get the shots and he was indoor/outdoor. We kept him inside at night. (Shots for feline leukemia is what he got.)

    Elliott would get into fights ALL the time even though he was neutered at 1 year when we found him as a stray.

    Oh gosh, don't let my story sway you in any way. Like I said Elliott got into so many fights that the vet just sold me the Amox 12 pills at a time without even seeing Elliott as I got so good at knowing when he was sick from a infected puncture wound--abscess. I bet that cat was on abx 2 x a month. I would have him on abx 3 to 5 days depending on how bad he seemed and when the abscess would start to drain. Sometimes I couldn't even find an abscess, but could tell he was running a fever and he would vomit a lot.

    He did have a good life for the 9 months that followed but we really don't know what happened to him.

    Biscuit is indoor only but the house call vet insists on giving her the yearly shots and she gets a rabies every 3 years.

    Many prayers for your cat to live a long time and defeat this.

    I had another inside only cat, Smokey, who died of sudden death in 10/14/01. He was 14 years old and he just had eaten some food and drank some water and just keeled over and died by the time I found him. Don't know if he choked or what happened to him.

    May your cat have a long and happy life with prayers,
    Faye
    Please keep us updated. What is the name of your cat?
    [This Message was Edited on 02/20/2006]
  4. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I will be talking to my vet today. And I think Vitamins and a special high-protein diet is one of the treatment protocols for this illness, but I will find out more---just hope she'll eat different food; she's really picky about eating, likes her Science Diet dry food, and nothing else!

    I'm so sorry about the loss of your cats, Faye! They become members of the family just like humans, don't they? BTW, my cat is Wendy; she's a short-haired tuxedo cat, and such a good, gentle cat. I also have a cat named Gracie, a fiesty calico---she's younger and seems perfectly fine, but I'm sure we'll have to test her, too. Neither have ever gone outside.

    I'll keep you posted, thanks again for your concern and kind words!

    Hugs,
    Pam
  5. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    Pam,
    After I posted that I was worried I may upset you about the story of Elliott. But Elliott was in fights all the time and he could have caught just about anything.

    The vet told me he thought Elliott had an unknown to them virus.

    Elliott liked Kit 'n Kabodle dry cat food. He also wanted some turkey or chiken lunch meat from Oscar Mayer. lol That was his treat for coming in the house for the night. lol

    After I started him on the vitamins (I would pit a tad on his nose and he would lick it off), he started to eat again. He gained some weight back.

    Prayers and hugs to you and Wendy,
    Faye