I got Max a little over 3 years ago. A friend of ours said that his girlfried had caught this stray cat that had been around her house for a while and she took it to the SPCA (no kill shelter) Well when they tested him they said that he had FELV and they were going to put him down. She begged them to wait to see if she could find him a home! Well our friend called and asked if we could take him. Well I have always had cats and didn't have any at that time, we said yes of course. So the shelter neutered him and gave him shots and sent him home the day after his surgery. Kathy brought him over, and we have loved him ever since. He has never shown any signs of being sick until recently. When we first got him, he was pretty skinny and within the first 6 months he gained and gained and gained..lol. Well recently he has started losing weight (but not too bad that he is skinny now, he is still of good health) Well today when i was changing his litter pan, I noticed some blood in the stool and it wasn't very firm! I hate to think of losing him. Does any one know if this means he is getting closer to dying or could he still be okay. He is the best cat i have ever had! He never climbs on my counter or table ( like my other cats had) I just don't know if i can handle losing him too after just losing my Golden. Anyone that has any ideas, please let me know! Thanks!
Hello, I have had several cats that has had feline leukemia, I think from what you described about his stool, it sounds like he has worms,possibly tapeworms, have you noticed any "rice-like" grains on his bottom? It looks exactly like a grain of white rice! Or it might possibly be some other type of worms for sure. From what you described with him getting skinny, that is what it definitely sounds like. You need to take a stool sample to the vet and he will check it for sure. But based on my experience, it doesn't sound like the leukemia is the problem. So cheer up, it may not be as bad as you think. I had a cat that lived for 12 years after being diagnosed with the leukemia, she died at 16 yrs old. I hope that Max will be ok.
We had a kitten that was diagnosed with feline leukemia. My vet said 3 things could happen:
1. She could carry it, but never actually show symptoms, and live a long life.
2. She could have it, live about 4 years on average, and then die from it.
3. She could get sick right away, and have to be pts.
He told me in his experience, most cats with leukemia live an average of 4 years. And it might not be the leukemia that kills them, but a weakened immune system. And that is exactly what happened with Callie. We had her for 4 wonderful years, but she did end up becoming very sick. Never noticed any blood in her stool, but she lost her appetite, lost weight, developed tumors. Steroid shots helped for a while, but we ended up losing her. I hope you have better luck with your cat. I would take her to the vet asap and have her checked out, though. As was mentioned, it could be something completely unrelated to leukemia.
you definitely should take him to the vet and have him checkled out. you may want to discuss putting him on a drug called interfuron. it seems to help felv postive cats live a lot longer than they would normally.
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Our cat had feline leukemia also. We had to put him to sleep about 8 years ago. I remember when things started to decline for him, I don't recall seeing blood in his stool. Hopefully that is not the problem and everything will be okay.