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RE: Could my 2 year old Baby boy have one of these three?

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Posted by: PHCatByte at Sun Jun 12 17:41:56 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHCatByte ]  
   

neither FIV nor FeLV is easily transmitted, so hanging out with the neighbor siamese is not likely to pass either on, should the siamese have them. FIV is only transmitted via DEEP, PENETRATING BITES; FeLV is only slightly more likely as it passes through mutual grooming, sharing food bowls etc. (ie, bodily fluids), but it, too, requires much more than casual contact. that said, since he HAS been ill and his immune system is quite likely compromised right now as he fights off whatever he has, he is more vulnerable to anything he might be exposed to.

with FIP, well, there's no real way to predict who'll get it, nor to prevent nor treat it; it's a mutation of a common virus that usually causes little more than a simple upper-respiratory illness--they don't know, yet, what causes the mutation tho other infections and stress, as well as a genetic predisposition, are the currently suspected culprits.

you need to speak with your vet again, and see what he/she suggests. many cats eat poorly in high heat, and conserve their energy by sleeping more than usual--it could be this or something more. (my cats, FIV s as well as negatives, are just crashing out in funny positions, looking as if they'd like to melt in this heat!)

is the cat on thyroid medications? is he drinking enough water to keep him hydrated? if he is eating and drinking on his own, even if it's not much, it is probably not an emergency, but i would contact the vet as soon as possible. if he is NOT eating at all, especially if he is a large cat, call the vet right away--not eating can lead to hepatic lipidosis, fatty-liver disease, and needs immediate intervention.




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