Monday, February 20, 2023

Two Vet Visits

TBT:  Well, I got behind on pictures, so we had 2 Vet visits a few weeks apart.   Lori had a 2nd visit for a followup shot for something,  I don't ask a lot of questions, I just let the Vets do whatever they think necessary.  I took a few pictures...  The place is nicely-designed and well decorated.  I liked the picture of cats all wearing headphones.

The place is nice.  It's also a busy place, well well-staffed and organized.  I mentioned before the Head Vet as won awards.  I don't mind that he posts those on the walls (not seen here).  But the several Vets and the technicians are also very friendly, knowledgable, and caring.

So Lori got great care and accepted it well.

Though, of course, she would rather have not been there.

Marley and Ayla had their turn at the new Vet Friday.  Naturally, I forgot to bring my camera.  I am sorry to say that did not go as well.  Marley hissed and struggled some and that was unlike him.  Not that the Vets were not equally kind and caring, but we got some bad (but not horrible) news.

First (and least), Ayla (15) and Marley (12) both have some dental issues.  Both have some gingivitis problems and both have 2 teeth that will (probably) need to be extracted.  When they return for tooth-cleaning in a week or so, the Vet will know more, but she said the extractions are "likely".

I can handle that (about $1500 for the worst possibilties), but I regret them undergoing surgery and losing some teeth.  Still, it's not like canned cat food requires much chewing...

The sadder news is that Marley tested positive for FIV.  The Vet gave me a summary of FIV and I've looked it up on a few trustable sites.  I know some of you have FIV+ cats.  Any experience about that is welcome.

So far as I can tell, Marley (at 12+) has a good chance of living a normal life for a normal length of years.  "BUT" maybe not.   He is otherwise very healthy, so unless he catches some other disease, he is OK to 16 and that is about normal for a DSH cat.  

He shouldn't go outside, the Vet says, to protect other cats.  Well, he doesn't really go out much these days anyway and hasn't had the fight off an intruder cat in years.  He mainly stays on the deck, so he isn't going to spread it to intruder cats.  

If Ayla gets it from him, it won't really matter much.  She turns 16 in April and FIV does take some time to affect a cat.  It's the younger  Mews I worry about.  Lori tested negative as did Ayla.  Laz tested negative in June last year.  He will have a regular Vet visit for annual shots in June.  I will bring him in soon just for an FIV test.

I didn't post Saturday or Sunday because I was trying to understand this FIV diagnosis.  I think we are ready to go go on posting regularly.  I've never had a cat with a known disease, so this is new to me.

But oddly, I can't stop thinking of Iza and (back in the 80s - Mischief) now.  Mischief (12) was simply dead one day when I returned home from work.  Iza (12) was two days not seeming hungry and wanting to lay on the heated cat mat.  Then suddenly one morning, her backside was covered with blood and the Vet couldn't save her.  I had a "wellness" check scheduled for her that morning about the lack of appetite.

I don't want another surprise at 12 quite yet...

Later today, I will schedule Marley and Ayla for the dental work, and add Laz for an FIV exam.  I think I should find out if Laz is FIV+ ASAP!


  1. I am sorry to hear that Marley has FIV. I have no personal knowledge of it. I have read on several blogs that FIV cats can live a normal life and not a danger to other family cats. The problem happens when they are feral and fighting with other cats.
    Animal Shelter Volunteer Life (ASVL) featured an FIV cat yesterday so maybe they can give you some advice.

  2. We are sorry to hear Marley has HIV but, as mentioned above, there have recently been a couple of posts about it and about how, as long as it is monitored, FIV-positive cats can mostly live a normal life.

  3. Sorry to hear of Marley's FIV diagnosis but it sound like he has years ahead of him and is unlikely to pass it to the youngsters. You're doing all the right things...

  4. That is sad news about Marley's diagnosis. But knowing about it means you and the vets can be on top of it and keep that handsome boy well. I have been enjoying your love letters to the Mews, they are wonderful. We've had cats with most of their teeth removed, and they can still chow down on the kibble, too.

  5. We have had three FIV/FeLeuk + cats and with normal vet care they lived long and well, and with other non-infected cats . Just keep doing your research and listening to the vets (as it seems you feel you can trust them even though you are new to each other.) The first cat was diagnosed 35 years ago (or more) when they first started the general testing. Her healthy friend snuggled her, and remained healthy.
    The vets will monitor both of your "elders" carefully for their dental work (our most recent +cat had dental work too and got along fine.)Preventing any more infection will be a help to Marley. Supposedly Laz and Lori being vaccinated against FIV should help keep them healthy.
    I think it was Atticus Finch who said "It isn't time to worry yet."

  6. I'm sorry to hear about Marley's diagnosis but as long as you take good care of him he should do just fine. FIV is not a death sentence and he can live a long and normal life. Just remember, if he seems off or unwell take him to the Vet (I know you will). His immune system isn't as strong as it needs to be so going to the Vet is the best thing to make sure he doesn't have a virus. Hugs from all of us.

  7. I am sorry that Marley and Ayla need dentals. Also sorry about the FIV diagnosis. I am shocked actually that he has been symptom free all these years. Maybe it is a false positive? I would retest before getting too nervous. XO

  8. I'm sorry that Marley got an FIV diagnosis. As I'm sure you've read, many kitties live long and healthy lives with FIV. Just keep an eye on him. He may need antibiotics or something if he gets sick. FIV cats are also more prone to dental issues, so have your vet check his teeth at his regular visits.

    I know it can be scary dealing with something you've not encountered before. Hang in there! We are sending comforting purrs and hugs your way.

  9. purrs to yoo an all your babiez

  10. So sorry Marley has FIV, sending purrs and love.

  11. Marley I am so sorry to read about this diagnosis. I don't have any experience but 100%
    send you and Dad lots of purrs
    Hugs Cecilia

  12. My angels had a lot of health issues among them, but not FIV. I'm sure that there are knowledgeable, supportive people who can provide information, the blogging world is pretty terrific overall.

    I'm sending positive energy and purrayers to Marley and to you all, and hope that life will carry on normally for years to come. Best of luck with the dentals too. Nicki lost 8 or 9 teeth over a few dentals, and Derry lost 14 or 16 altogether. He managed canned, and dry and treats, just fine.

    Kim and her angels

  13. I'm sure someone has mentioned this but if Marley has been vaxxed against FIV, you will get a false positive. False positives are common. Cats normally get it from bites from other FIV cats. If he doesn't go out, then I'd imagine it's a false positive. It's strange that he didn't test positive until he's 12. If he does have it, sending healing purrz.

  14. I've never had a cat with FIV, so I can't offer any info. But, we are sending loads of POTP for Marley to live a full life well beyond 12 and for all the precious Mews to stay healthy. Hugs from all at Catscue.

  15. Sending so many purrs and prayers to all of you. How stressful this must be for everyone.

  16. Hi Mark. We are very sorry to hear about Marley's positive test for FIV. Please, please have hope, though. As Brian said in his comment above, it's by no means a death sentence. Our shelter has helped find homes for many cats who tested FIV+, and most of them have gone on to live long and happy lives in their forever homes. :-) FIV-positive cats can live normal lives, both in quality and duration. They just need to be monitored for infections (because their immune systems are compromised) and dental issues. But if they’re well cared for (which we know Marley is), they can be healthy, happy, wonderful pets -- for a long time. FIV cannot be passed to other cats through casual contact, or by sharing food, water, or a litter box. In fact, we do have some cats at the shelter now who live in open rooms with both FIV-positive and FIV-negative cats without any issues. :-)

  17. TBT - I had a cat that had FIV. He was half feral, spent a lot of time outside and got into lots of fights and typically lost even though he was a vary large animal. Well - I assumed that he lost. Perhaps he left the other cats worse off than he was? So, when we got the diagnosis it made sense. He was tested because he had persistent flu-like symptoms that he couldn't shake. So, he was an animal that was almost bound to get FIV. But I am surprised to hear that Marley has it given how rarely he could have come into contact with a cat that had it.

    I read one of the comments that pondered whether Marley might have a false positive. I hope that turns out to be the case.

    Sydney, Australia

  18. Our vet has a shelter onsite and the majority of the cats that live there are FIV positive. Some of them are allowed to wander around in the clinic, and they are wonderful kitties, no evidence that they might be sick in any way.

    We send our POTP for Marley...and we pawray that he'll live many more years to come, in comfort, with the love he has from you, TBT, and in good health as well.

    I too hope it may have been a false positive...maybe a retest is in order??

  19. Healing Pawkisses and Purrayers for sweet Marley. May he stay healthy and well🙏🐾😽💞

  20. Thinking of you, Marley and sending all our strongest purrs!


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