Monday, October 31, 2011

Meezer Monday

Meowm is heartbroken. Sammy is FIV positive. She is having his blood sent to the lab to be double checked since sometimes false positives can happen. He has to have several teeth pulled, has an ear inection, a kitty cold, and worms. She is amazed at how good natured and playful he has been given all of his issues.

She is worried about us getting to feisty and getting bit, but so far that hasn't happened. She can't bring herself to give Sammy up, but is scared of us getting this too.

Purrs are very welcome right now.

42 Comments:

Blogger Katnip Lounge said...

You all will be fine. There are many families in the CB that have positive AND non-positive kitties...it takes a deep bite to transfer the virus, and of course being positive is not a death sentence by any means. Have your Mommy talk to your vet. We bet you can work this out.
Maybe you should post on the CB for advice?
Big purrs to all of you, and {{hugs}} from Mommy.

October 31, 2011 12:16 PM  
Blogger Katnip Lounge said...

We wanted to mention that we tussle ALL the time, and in the 20 years that Mommy has had LOTS of kitties, only ONCE has she had to treat a bite wound. So it's not that common, especially if you aren't crazypants!

October 31, 2011 12:18 PM  
Blogger ButterBean said...

Oh noos ... We agree with Katnip Lounge .. it takes A BIG BIG Bitie to transfer .. as long as he is cared for he may never show signs of being positive, typically only kitties that dont get good nutrition and are in the elements get really sick so we wouldnet worry or fret ... hes besutiful and can live a long healthy life with you all :-)

October 31, 2011 12:43 PM  
Blogger Fuzzy Tales said...

We ditto The Lounge and think all will be well. There ARE CB families with a mix of FIV-positive and non cats--Cats of the Wildcat Woods is one, we believe. And his results could come back negative months down the road.

Sending you all lots of purrs and hugs!

October 31, 2011 12:43 PM  
Blogger Random Felines said...

We hope you all can take a breath and be OK with this. Like everyone else has said, there are many mixed families out there. Our friend Kelly has an FIV positive boy and 2 other cats. The diagnosis can seem scary but it really isn't. We want to link you to some great articles from Best Friends that may help...

http://www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/petcare/cats_fiv.cfm

http://www.bestfriends.org/allthegoodnews/magazine/010110fiv.cfm

October 31, 2011 12:52 PM  
Blogger Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

It sounds like you are getting some good advice here. Don't give up on Sammy!

October 31, 2011 1:53 PM  
Blogger Ginger Jasper said...

reading all the comments above it sounds like it could work. Hang in there and I so hope it works out.. HUgs GJ xx

October 31, 2011 2:08 PM  
Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

We haven't had any experience with FIV positive kitties but many bloggers have and it looks like you are getting helpful advice. We understand your concern and hope everything will work out for you.

October 31, 2011 3:25 PM  
Blogger The Lee County Clowder said...

Looks like you've gotten lots of good info. All we can add is some purrrrrrss that whatevber happens, things work out OK.

ppuurrrrrrr

October 31, 2011 5:52 PM  
Blogger Mr Puddy said...

I'm sure Sammy will be O.K. like everyone here said. He may be need a special care.
Purrs and Paws crossed to him
and lots of hugs to you
xoxo

I have some link for you.
http://www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/petcare/cats_fiv.cfm

October 31, 2011 6:27 PM  
Blogger The Island Cats said...

We're sorry Sammy is FIV, but the other kitties have given you some good advice. We hope this all works out. Purrs coming your way...

October 31, 2011 7:19 PM  
Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

Our heart breaks for you. We know that the KL is right in their advice but it is a scary prospect anyway. our purrs and thoughts.

October 31, 2011 7:25 PM  
Blogger FURKIDSMOM said...

We're sending loud rumbly purrs to you and Sammy for a good outcome. We don't know much about FIV but it seems that there are a lot of others who do.


The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

October 31, 2011 7:51 PM  
Blogger Prancer Pie said...

Great advice here. This is not a death sentence. We are sending big purrs and purrayers your way. Lots of people make this work. Good luck! Keep us updated. xoxo

October 31, 2011 8:16 PM  
Blogger Honey the Great Dane said...

OH, I'm so sorry to hear about Sammy's FIV!! It sounds like all your kitty friends have had loads of good advice to give and I hope everything works out for you all!

SLobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

October 31, 2011 8:42 PM  
Blogger Mark's Mews said...

We are purring fer Sammy! Purr, purr, purr...

October 31, 2011 9:12 PM  
Blogger caspersmom said...

So sorry to hear about Sammy. Sounds like there is good advice in the other comments. I don't know much about FIV positive or negative. But purrs and Prayers your second opinion just might prove it negative. I am sure it will all work out for the best.

Casper

October 31, 2011 9:40 PM  
Blogger Kaz's Cats said...

Sending big hugs to Meowm. We're a 'mixed' family now - my new brofur 'Buddy' tested FIV+ when he went to the V-E-T to get neutered etc. He only came inside a few months ago. There was no way that Mum was letting anything happen to him other than coming back home to live with us. I (Tasha) have had the FIV Vaccination for the last 2 years and Mum plans to keep this up...We mostly get on, and even snuggle sometimes. Buddy is doing fine healthwise at the moment...There aren't any pics of him on the blog yet, but we're working on Mum...

We all hope you guys can work this out.

{{{hugs}}}

Tasha

October 31, 2011 9:53 PM  
Blogger ML said...

FIV is no longer a death sentence. Please, read Auntie Deb's in depth article on the subject of FIV!
There are now lots of families that include an FIV+ cat.
Love & Purrs,
Mom ML & Reepurrter KC

October 31, 2011 10:14 PM  
Blogger d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

I'm purring SO loud for you all, and I'm making Hamlet purr too... we know you'll make the decision that's right for you.

October 31, 2011 10:55 PM  
Blogger Karen Jo said...

You shouldn't worry about Sammy passing along his FIV to your other cats unless they really seriously fight. It takes a deep bite to infect another cat. Herman has FIV and I have had him almost two years now with no symptoms from it at all.

October 31, 2011 11:34 PM  
Blogger Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock said...

WE just read about Sammy on the CB and wanted to send positive vibes. And also to let you know that in Europe, tehre have been some really excellent results in using Interferon to treat kitties with FIV.

Purrs,
The Chans

November 01, 2011 3:47 AM  
Blogger Everycat said...

We are sending big purrs to all, this news is always a shock, but these days, cats with FIV live long healthy lives. It really does take a huge and deep bite to transfer the virus. The virus is very fragile and the reputation it has for easy transmission comes from very early research where the scientists used lab strains which were much stronger than the strains found today in the general cat populace.

With sensible introductions and care, Sammy will be able to mingle with Junior and Orion we think.

Seconding the Interferon treatment for any disease crisis. There have also been some very promising results from a drug called "Retro MAD" in Malaysia. See Au & Targets blog for info on that.

Sending you all the best and hope that things work out. Sammy is a lucky lad to live with you

Gerry & Oliver

November 01, 2011 4:09 AM  
Blogger Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are sending healing purrs!

November 01, 2011 4:15 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

It's okay, it's not a death sentence, just help keep him healthy, and most of all, keep Sammy. Y'all get along so there just shouldn't be a problem. For what it's worth, if we were faced with similar circumstances (and had room) we would have no issues at all with keeping an FIV+ kitty. Love you guys!

November 01, 2011 4:21 AM  
Blogger ArtemisiaFSS said...

We are purring for all of you, we hopes that Sammy is able to stay with you. We know he loves his family and his family loves him.

November 01, 2011 5:18 AM  
Blogger Alexi said...

We are saddened by the news about Sammy. FIV is a nasty disease. Mombean started the cattery while we had a FIV kitteh among us (pre CB days). Da beans kept Jetta while we even had kittens. None of the other kittens ever became positive for FIV and not even one kitten that was borned at the Castle became +. Mombean tested every kitten before they left da Castle in dose days to make sure they was negative for FIV. Don't worry too much. It is not easily transmitted from kitteh to kitteh.

November 01, 2011 5:45 AM  
Anonymous Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Our Ivy is 13 and is FIV positive - she is a dear and we cherish her. It takes a deep bite wound to transfer this to other cats and having her inside for 6 years - none of the other cats have been infected. I feed her high quality food - Wellness and give her lots of immune boosting supplements in her food to keep her well. If you want to ask any questions do email calcatsndogs AT gmail DOT com.

November 01, 2011 6:39 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

:::purrr:::

I have so much so say on this subject because my best furriend in this whole world...and my mentor ::bows head in honor:: Jonathan was FIV+.

Mom remembers well when he was diagnosed and she freaked out initially. He had lived in my house (before I was born) for 7 years before they figured it out because when he was originally rescued and adopted the vet didn't routinely screen for FIV+, only FELV. So any way of course my mom had everyone else in the house tested and you know what? Not one other kitty in the house was positive.

We had a very wonderful vet who calmed down mom and he even joked that Jonathan would probably outlive eveeryone. Guess what? He did! Mom never knew his exact age but she suspects he was over 20 years old when he finally burned out his candle.

He was my best pal and I loved him dearly. He said I was the kitten he never had....::purrr::

We still miss him today. FIV+ is not easily transmitted and we wouldn't hesitate to have another FIV+ kitty in our home.

xoxo Cory

November 01, 2011 6:44 AM  
Blogger Laila and Minchie said...

Our mom had an FIV+ kitty that lived with two others of Mom's not too long ago. The FIV+ kitty was not aggressive at all so the other two never caught it. All it takes is one cat bite though. We don't know what to tell you really.

November 01, 2011 7:13 AM  
Blogger Rusty said...

I have never had a FIV+ feline friend but sounds like you are getting good advice. Purrrs your way don't give up on your friend.

November 01, 2011 7:35 AM  
Blogger The Meezers or Billy said...

we is sending purrrrrrssss - and hope that some of sammys prollems clear up. we knows that FIV is no longer a death sentence

November 01, 2011 7:46 AM  
Blogger Martha and Bailey said...

We were so sorry to hear about Sammy on Facebook.
We see you are getting lots of advice from fellow cat people!
We do so hope there is a way of living with this but understand the worry.
Much love
Martha and Bailey xxx

November 01, 2011 1:19 PM  
Blogger Ikaika said...

Big healing purrs for Sammy! You've gotten good, accurate advice from some wonderful CBers, and Sammy can have a wonderful life in the good home you are providing for him!

November 01, 2011 1:49 PM  
Blogger Remington said...

Sammy is in our thoughts and prayers....

November 01, 2011 3:09 PM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

Oh yes! We have Orinch, who is FIV positive, and all of the other kitties don't have FIV. The only way that we know that Orinch has FIV is that he has a little bit of a cough now and then. The other cats pick on him since he was the "outside introoder" cat, and they chase him all over the house, but all is fine with all of them. Check into it on the internet, and ask your vet about it. Like Katnip Lounge said, there are many out there who have both FIV and non-FIV kitties living together.

Luf, Us and Maw

November 01, 2011 3:11 PM  
Blogger Madness, Trouble, Squish and Milkbone said...

We are sad to hear abut Sammy. However both Mrs B. and Bubbles were FIV+ and it is really not such a big deal. The other cats are fine. As long as your cats don't get in terrible fights with deep wounds they will be fine.

November 01, 2011 3:41 PM  
Blogger Kat and the Furrsonality gang said...

We are so sorry to hear about Sammy. We will be sending prayers and hugs your way, you will be in our thoughts.

November 01, 2011 5:43 PM  
Blogger meowmeowmans said...

While we are sorry to hear about Sammy's diagnosis, please know that FIV is not a death sentence. Lots of good advice from our CB pals above. Please, keep sweet Sammy, and know that we are all purring and praying for you.

November 01, 2011 6:30 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Oh, rats. I'm sorry Sammy is FIV positive. It sounds like you are getting lots of good advice though.

November 02, 2011 5:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your baby is so ill. My cat TC had it many years ago. There was not as much info or medicine then as there is now. We lived for years with the illness before TC died. He never spread it to any of the other cats in the house over the years.
Marian in Houston

November 02, 2011 8:44 AM  
Blogger The Cat From Hell said...

Oh Dear! Wes came by to thanks yous for sending healing purrs to our Daddy - he came home yesterday, and we reads about poor Sammy!!!
FIV is not too, too bad if it its treated, we reads about Au and he is doing wonderful!
We is sending healing thoughts and purrs your way now!
Kisses
Nellie and the brat Kozmo

November 02, 2011 8:50 AM  

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