Monday, November 14, 2016

L-Lysine for FIV Cats

My FIV cat got an upper respiratory infection last month and the treatment was antibiotics plus the supplement L-Lysine oral gel by Viralys. This gel supports the cat's immune system and is very good in the treatment for feline herpes virus (FHV) because it lessens the signs of the infection, eye infection, and sinus nose issues; drainage or congested. 

My FIV cat was a rescue in 2008 and when we brought him in he had eye drainage and was diagnosed with feline herpes an upper respiratory infection. 

Know that Sam is doing much better since I started supplementing his diet with the Lysine. There is no cure for feline herpes but you can reduce the flair ups with the amino acid L-Lysine.

Normally when you give your cat medicine it can be difficult. But my cat likes this gel. What I do is squeeze ¼ teaspoon amount onto my finger then I put the gel on my cat's paw. Sam licks his paw. I give him 2 doses like this daily and will continue this supplement for the rest of my cat's life.

I bought the tube of oral L-Lysine from my veterinarian and it was expensive. When I need a refill I will buy from or because these stores offer the same product for

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What to Do When FIV Cat is Sick

 I noticed that my FIV cat named Sam had fluid buildup in his left eye and this was a sign of sickness, cat cold or upper respiratory. My cat has a weakened immune system and this cold or whatever it is could progress quickly into a major illness so I immediately called the veterinarian and scheduled an appointment.

Last Monday I took Sam to the veterinarians and thy ran tests on him, blood and checked his urine. They told me he had an upper respiratory infection and gave him an antibiotic shot and prescription for Viralys L-Lysine supplement.

I was told to clean the entire house with bleach and to keep Sam away from other cats.  It was also recommended that after I handle other cats or come in contact with feral or stray cats that I remove those clothes and shoes, shower  or spray myself with Lysol disinfectant before I come in contact with Sam.

Know that Sam has lost weight due to this infection,  He cannot smell his food so he is not eating. Normally Sam  eats C/D prescription diet food but he has stopped eating.  So I have mixed his wet food with water and put it in a syringe, this is how I am feeding him and keeping him hydrated.

Even though I responded immediately when I noticed my cat was sick, his infection has progressed quickly from playing with his toys one day, to signs of cold and now he is not eating.  An FIV cat has a hard time getting over a simple cold, It is best to call the veterinarian as soon as your cat show signs of sickness.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Treatment for Cat Urinary Infection

My rescued FIV cat came to us as an adult unaltered tomcat. This cat was neutered at age 6. From the get go my cat was suffering from urinary and bladder infections. After several trips to the veterinarians, my cat, Sam was diagnosed with a urinary condition that required him to eat a special diet.

The veterinarian prescribed Hills CD for urinary care and we were told that we could not feed our cat any other food for the rest of his life.

Hills CD for urinary care is formulated with the right balance of nutrients which enables your cat's bladder to be healthy. We were told that Sam would be feeling better and back to using his litter box within a months time. Our veterinarian assured us that by feeding our cat this special diet that harmful minerals were removed and this meant that the formation of urinary crystals would not form.

Know that before this special urinary diet that our cat was suffering. There were times when he could not urinate and we needed to rush him to veterinarians. We feared that we would have to put him down if he could not urinate.

Sam has been eating this special diet for three weeks now and he is back to his happy self, his energy has improved, he is using his litter box, and playing with his toys.

I feed same a half can of Hills CD in the morning mixed with the dry kibble and the same portion at night. I also give him purified bottled water that is freshened daily.

Know that this special urinary diet will not cure Sam, however, it will prevent the reassurance of urinary stones and as long as we keep with the diet our cat will not suffer and there will be no need for urinary surgery.

We have three other FIV cats and they are all eating the Hills CD urinary diet food. This food is a good food for multiple cat homes, it is not recommended for kittens.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

About False Positive FIV Kitten

Many times when a kitten is tested for feline immunodeficiency virus the test results will show a false positive. This is why it is important that pet owners wait 60 days before getting kitten retested. 

All cats that test positive should be retested because of the false positive.

Know that a year ago I took in an FIV feline immunodeficiency virus kitten because the women who owned it did not want the cat, she did not want to learn more about the feline disease she told me to take the kitten or she would take it to the humane society. I knew that our area shelter would euthanize the kitten so I said I would take it and find it a forever home.

Finding homes for FIV kittens is difficult because, like the cat owner, people think FIV is a death sentence or an indication that the cat is sickly. Not one person wanted to learn more they just said no to me and would not adopt the kitten.

I ended up socializing the kitten with my adult FIV cat named Sam. This was not hard at all, Sam was one happy cat and the two became best of friends.

Know that the kitten had been to the veterinarian a few times, had gotten her spay and her rabies shot and all was well. But the following year when I was told that she need her annual shots I asked if it was necessary since she was FIV positive.  My veterinarian had no record of her being tested, so I told them of her history. I did not have paperwork but the former owner was adamant about the cats disease. I agreed to have her tested for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. 

Both tests came back negative.

The kitten when she was tested showed a positive but it was false. I have no reason not to believe the former owner, as she was upset about the diagnosis of the cat and called me immediately when she had gotten the test results. Learn more about kittens with FIV and false positive here.

About False Positive FIV Tests

Quote: “Because few, if any, cats ever eliminate infection, the presence of antibody indicates that a cat is infected with FIV. This test can be performed by most veterinary diagnostic laboratories and also is available in kit form for use in veterinary clinics. Since false-positive results may occur, veterinarians recommend that positive results be confirmed using a test with a different format.  

Infected mother cats transfer FIV antibodies to nursing kittens, so kittens born to infected mothers may receive positive test results for several months after birth. However, few of these kittens actually are or will become infected. To clarify their infection status, kittens younger than six months of age receiving positive results should be retested at 60-day intervals until they are at least six months old.” End Quote Veterinarian Medicine Cornell education, health information on FIV   

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Why is my Cat Vomiting - When to call Veterinarian?

It is common for cats to vomit, however not all vomiting is normal. Know that if your cat vomits when they are eating or right after they eat that this is a sign of illness and should not be overlooked. When a cat vomits when the eat it could be a stomach ailment, feline idiopathic cystitis or it could be due the muscle in the cats esophagus.

No harm is done to call your veterinarian and communicate your cat health concern. 

 I had a cat that did vomit when they were eating. I did not call my veterinarian immediately, instead I watched my FIV cat and found that when he ate he would vomit and knew that this was a red flag.  The veterinarian wanted to exam my cat and do blood-work. The diagnosis was a abscessed tooth.

One of my other cats would vomit at his food bowl, however this was due to anxiety. I was told that it might be a nervous condition, due to other cat pushing his way to eat at the bowl and not waiting his turn. It was suggested that I feed the cat in another room, that sharing the same food bowl may be causing the cat to feel anxiety and vomit. The feeding in another room was all that was needed. The vomiting stopped.

Learn other reason why cats vomit by viewing this video:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Renal Failure in FIV Cats

In November my cats blood and urine tests indicated that he was in renal failure and I was told that this was an indication that the feline immunodeficiency virus had progressed.  That these FIV cats can live a long live but that some cats will get sick when they are older.  Know  that we rescued Sam in 2008, that was eight years ago and and Sam is approximately 9 years old.  Everyone I know that has an FIV cat has told me that some cats will get sick in 5 to 6 years.

So when it came time for Sam's check up to see how his kidneys were,  you bet I was worried.  Both my husband and I really love Sam our Siamese cat and feel sad that he is sick.   Sam went in for his wellness exam and lab-work last Friday.  It took 4 days to get the results.

The veternarian called for urinalysis and blood evaluation.  Both tests came back with normal findings. Sam has been cleared of renal failure. In fact at this time there is nothing wrong with him except that he has diagnosis of feline immunodeficiency virus.   That is a virus he will have for the rest of his life.

I  had no idea that we could reverse the diagnosis of kidney failure but I think that before Sam was not getting enough water and now his KD canned cat food diet must be benefiting his health.  Going forward we will keep all of Sam's veternarian appointments and will continue to feed him the KD prescription canned cat food.

Learn more about FIV by viewing the video.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Adopted Two FIV Cats

It is safe to say that I have been busy with my FIV cat's health concerns plus a few months ago I took in two FIV rescue cats.  The cats were sisters and both were a year old.  The family that asked me to take them were moving into an apartment that did not allow pets.  Had I not adopted the cats they would have been surrendered to our animal shelter and probably euthanized  

Three FIV cats are better than one

So I took the cats as a favor and in return I was told that when their daughter got married in the spring that she wanted the cats for her new home.   That sounds great but spring is a long ways off and I had to socialize the new cats with Sam my FIV cat.

I had socialized Sam with a cat a few months back and that worked out well, but she was only with us a short time when my friend made arrangements for cat to go live with her son.  Sam seemed like the wind was taken from his sails.

My veternarian advised me to not take in anymore cats, because if Sam got into a fight that it would cause him to feel stress and get sick.  I went against my veterinarians recommendations and did socialize the two female cats.

Learn how I socialized these cats here  

I am not sure if Sam was lonely for a cat companion or what, but he welcomed those two girl cats like they were long lost pals and the cats were happy to see him too.  There has never been territory marking, or cat squabble.  The three of them just get along.  They sleep together, groom each other and play together. 

So how is Sam doing?  What I noticed is that Sam's overall disposition has improved.  I thought he was depressed but now he is back to his "ole self" meowing, talking to the birds in the morning from his window and playing with the girl cats, we hear them playing with their toys and it is all good.

To tell you the truth, I think I got lucky that the cats were accepting of each other. It could have gone worse if there had been an alpha cat in the mix.

Here is a video by Dr. Karen Becker on Feline Immunodeficiency Virus commonly called FIV