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Q: Any thoughts on treatments for a cat with FIV and cancer?

May 6, 2008 | By Cupcake | 10 answers | Expired: 2292 days ago

Any thoughts on treatments for a cat with FIV and cancer?

I have a 3 year old cat the has lukemia and has lost function of his hind legs in the beginning of March. He is not eating on his own, but still pulls himself all over still knows where his litter box and water is. He still knows when people come in the room with him, he is still fully alert. He suffered tremendously from seizures for the last couple of years while on science diet food. However since he cannot eat on his own he has not had a seizure now in more then 2 months. Maybe it is a just me but I thought that was odd. In March he had a seizure and he got stuck in a reclining chair. He walked around stiff for a couple of days then was okay for 2 days. But then he just skooted on the floor with out being able to hold weight on his hind legs. He was put on Pregnisone which seemed to help on 2 a day he was back walking normal. Then we tried to reduce the amount, and he declined again. So we put him back up and now have no change. I am looking for creative ways to help him like building him a wheelchair. He is such a fighter, and I know he does not have much of a shot with the Leukemia but I have given him 3 years from an abandoned stray of 2 weeks old bottle fed to now and want to give him as much as possible. With further testing and exrays, my vet believes he has a tumor in his spine or a tumor in his brain. He is in no pain right now, but cannot use his hind legs. The vet will not put him on Cemo theropy without knowing what type of cancer he has, and at this time I cannot afford a 1200.00 MRI. Does anyone know of any herbal or aids in keeping him comfortable. We have upgraded his Pregnisone to 3 times a day and hoping he makes a change. Please let me know any suggestions you may have. I have worked with animals all my life and have never felt so helpless. His odds are against him but he shall prevail the best he can.

Update:
Thank you so much for all the efforts to help. I have stopped feeding him Science diet, In the beginning of March and then had to bottle feed him some A/D with cat sure. He has not had another seizure in almost 3 months which is much improved from multiple times a week. He would not eat on his own recently, until Monday May 19 he just got up walked over to where I had put his new food Purina and he just started to chow down, I am amazed. So many people have told me he is suffering since he will not eat and I should put him down.. I looked at him at told him you would tell me when you are ready right? I just did not see it. Thank God I did not do that, as he seems to be turning for the better. I am still looking for any info anyone can give. Thank you for those who have tried.

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Percysmom
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May 06, 2008

I'm sorry to hear how sick your kitty is. I have no information to offer but will pray that someone else can offer you some good advice that can improve on his quality of life. About two years ago I lost a kitten that was diagnosed with the wet form of FIP. It is a very aggressive form if FIP and is always fatal. I had to force feed him liquid food and it was heartbreaking. I would carry him to his litter box and he would then run right back into his bed. Ultimately, I had to make the decision to let him go as I knew he was suffering. I knew it was not fair for me to allow him to contiue to suffer just so I could keep him with me for a while longer. I hope that you will know when that time comes. No everyone will agree, but I believe that sometimes we have to love them enough to set them free. Best of luck to you and your kitty. I sincerely hope you find him the help he needs to make the time he has left a comfortable quality time.

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T

May 06, 2008

How do you know that he is not in pain? It is so unfair of you to be selfish and allow this animal to suffer in silence. If you hear him purring it does not always mean a cat is happy, it is also a way to comfort themselves. It is wrong to up his dosage: it will cause more problems than alleviating any. If your vet continues to allow you to medicate this poor kitty, he should have the Board called on him. Do Kitty a kindness, let him go with dignity!

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DebbieKelley
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May 08, 2008

I am not sure I'm even believing what I am reading???? Both you - and a VET - are actually letting this poor cat EXIST like this??? How can you even do this. That isn't love. I have 12 cats. Believe me, purring does not always mean happy! You need to do the right thing and let this cat go to sleep and be in peace and I mean quickly. My God, the vet should be reported! This was like reading a horror story. DO THE RIGHT THING.

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