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post #1 of 29
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Three weeks ago while taking my dog and my chinchilla to the vet, I fell in love with a small kitten that was being kept there. She had been found on the railroad tracks, and she was very tiny (she still is). I held her for a second before my mom said "we'll adopt her!" and so, Rukia was added to our family.

She gets along GREAT with Edward and Alphonse (my 7 month old twin boys), and she's getting used to Aura (my two year old). But sadly, when we took her to the vet yesterday, they discovered that she has leukemia... I was shocked beyond belief, and I still don't know what to think. All I know is that my mom has become very attached to her, and won't let us put her down. My dad thinks putting an animal to sleep when it isn't in any pain is cruel, and he's against it also. I'd never want to put Rukia down...she's so small, and so full of life...right now, we're keeping her seperated from my other cats (she lives downstairs, they live upstairs) and we're washing our hands before petting any of them.

I don't know much about feline leukemia. All I know is that there isn't a cure, and supposidly they can live anywhere from a month to 8 years. I'm hoping Rukia is strong enough to last as long as she can. I don't want to lose another cat, especially after losing Kenji...

If anyone has any info about feline leukemia, PLEASE let me know.
Here are some pictures of Rukia:





post #2 of 29
Oh I am so sorry about your baby, I haven't had any experince with leukemia but I am sure there are people on here that will certinally be glad to answer your questions. What a Wonderful Mom & Dad you must have wanting to try and take care of that baby and by the way she is so darling looks a little like my Cammie when she was small. I wish you great luck and many many happy years with your darling girl, Be patient and someone will help answer your questions, Have a wonderful Day Sweetie
post #3 of 29
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thank you so much for your kind words, halfpint!! My mom and dad are great, really great. We're animal lovers, we always have been. We try to do everything we can to keep our pets healthy (sadly, I lost three this year: one cat and two chinchillas). This news is devistating, because she's so young...I think she's only 8 weeks.

I'll be patient and wait until I get more information, and make sure she stays healthy. Right now she's spunky and happy ^^'
post #4 of 29
What a beautiful angel! I pray that she will live for years! I am sending prayers for this sweet bundle of joy.
post #5 of 29
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What a beautiful angel! I pray that she will live for years! I am sending prayers for this sweet bundle of joy.
Thank you so much! I wish you many happy years with your cats as well!
post #6 of 29
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Thank you so much! I wish you many happy years with your cats as well!
I have heard of cats living a long time with leukemia, so we will pray that yours is one of those.
post #7 of 29
I myslef had experience with feline luekemia and i lost my cat boo to it but she did live a loooooonnnggg time, and of course we refused to let them put her to sleep because she acted normal and the vet had given us a timeline and she out beat his time line by a couple of years, because I was soo young I dont know much about and I am so sorry that your baby has it and I hope she can make it as long as she can you said shes very playful and happy and everything I have a feeling there is going to be something good with this kittie and like I said I hope all goes well !!!! I am sorry I cant be much help but my kittie had it and she lived to be over 8 years old so I though I would give you some more good vibes and hope, I believe that she was a couple of years old when diagnosed because they found it because she became very very ill and we gave her medicine and within a week she was back to her self and lived a goood couple of more years lol !!
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by ProudKittieMom View Post
I myslef had experience with feline luekemia and i lost my cat boo to it but she did live a loooooonnnggg time, and of course we refused to let them put her to sleep because she acted normal and the vet had given us a timeline and she out beat his time line by a couple of years, because I was soo young I dont know much about and I am so sorry that your baby has it and I hope she can make it as long as she can you said shes very playful and happy and everything I have a feeling there is going to be something good with this kittie and like I said I hope all goes well !!!! I am sorry I cant be much help but my kittie had it and she lived to be over 8 years old so I though I would give you some more good vibes and hope, I believe that she was a couple of years old when diagnosed because they found it because she became very very ill and we gave her medicine and within a week she was back to her self and lived a goood couple of more years lol !!
That brought my hopes up, thank you very much! If your kitty could live longer than 8 years with it, i'm sure my kitty will too. Thank you! I'm very sorry you had to lose your cat to leukemia though .-_-.
post #9 of 29
She's adorable!! I wish her all the best for a long and healthy life. I just sent you a pm about my experience with FeLV.
post #10 of 29
What a beautiful baby!!!! She is so pretty!!! Loving headbuts and wish we could heal the problem licks from KittenKiya's Clan.
post #11 of 29
I've had several FELV+ kitties.
Buster only lived four months, but Missy lived 2-3 years, Smudge 5 years and Spunky about 7 years. So yes, they can do well for quite some time. With the exception of Buster, who was constantly sick, the other kitties enjoyed pretty good health until the last month or two or their lives. Make sure your other cats are current on their vaccinations.

Rukia is adorable. Did your vet recommend having her retested at a later date?

I came across this article the other day. I thought it sounded promising.

http://www.felineleukemia.org/opinion.html
post #12 of 29
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I've had several FELV+ kitties.
Buster only lived four months, but Missy lived 2-3 years, Smudge 5 years and Spunky about 7 years. So yes, they can do well for quite some time. With the exception of Buster, who was constantly sick, the other kitties enjoyed pretty good health until the last month or two or their lives. Make sure your other cats are current on their vaccinations.

Rukia is adorable. Did your vet recommend having her retested at a later date?

I came across this article the other day. I thought it sounded promising.

http://www.felineleukemia.org/opinion.html
Buster only lived four months? *worried* well, Rukia is healthy right now. She's very fiesty and playful, she doesn't show any signs of being sick. That's why I believe she'll live a long life. My other cats have been vaccinated for FeLV, and they don't associate with Rukia any more -.-

Thank you for saying she's adorable. I agree, she looks like an angel, but believe me, she's a devil at heart! I don't know why my vet wants to see her again in a week, maybe they're going to retest her...the only reason I'd doubt that would be because the test came back as a VERY strong positive. My aunts all want a second opinion though, they think she should be tested again, and I wouldn't mind it.

Thank you for the link! I'll discuss it with my vet in a week!
post #13 of 29
Rukia is absolutely precious. Look at that angel face Sending out prayers for Rukia and your family that she continue to be strong and live a long a happy life
post #14 of 29
Rukia is beautiful!! God bless you & your family for keeping her & willing to give her a chance.

My very first kitten (many moons ago) was also diagnosed with FeLV...and yes, it was shocking to hear that your cat/kitten is positive. Obsession lived a very happy love-filled life of 5-years.

For some info. regarding FeLV with a more holistic/natural approach: http://www.angelfire.com/il/felv/
post #15 of 29
Sorry to give you cause for concern, but some background on Buster would probably help... He was about a year old when we adopted him from the shelter where he'd been turned in as a stray. He was thin and ill, and probably had been battling the disease his entire life. We were able to give him a few quality months of life. For a cat his age that was the equivalent of what? A year or two? I've never regretted it.

Read and learn whatever you can about the disease and what you can do to give her the longest, healthiest life possible. There's not a one of mine that I would have opted not to keep, knowing how things eventually turned out. Try to remember that she doesn't know she's sick or that right now there's no cure, she only enjoys each day as it comes.
post #16 of 29
Your kitty is SO BEAUTIFUL Bless you and your parents for wanting to keep her healthy as long as possible Best of luck...miracles happen everyday!
post #17 of 29
What a sweet little baby she is and how wonderful of you and your family for giving her a loving home.
I hope she has many happy, healthy years ahead of her.
post #18 of 29
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Thank you SO much everyone for your comments and prayers! Rukia and I really appreciate them. We wish the best for all of you and your cats as well!
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by AurasMommy View Post
Thank you SO much everyone for your comments and prayers! Rukia and I really appreciate them. We wish the best for all of you and your cats as well!
my cats and I bless rukia every night and morning when we pray for the kitties here. have faith! ***hugs*** Bobbie
post #20 of 29
Your sweet Rukia has won all of our hearts.
Bless you both and may you have many loving years together.
post #21 of 29
I have no experience to help you but lots of and prayers
post #22 of 29
That is the sweetest wittle face ever! My goodness
I just have to say don't put her to sleep. Cats with leukemia can live a fairly good life. I do know that if you PM katiemae1277, she could give a lot of information as she has 14 FeLV cats most kittens She is a great person and can give you lots of tips Good luck to you and keep us posted!
post #23 of 29
I also have no personal experience, but I am sending you lots of good thoughts. Rukia is a real cutie.
post #24 of 29
Look at that face! Rukia is such a lucky kitty to have someone like you to love her. Bless you and your family for bringing her into your home.
I will keep you and Rukia in my thoughts. I hope that she has a prolonged life and that you are able to share lots of happy times together.
post #25 of 29
HI Rukia is a perfect twin for my Ozzy. I have had some experience with the Luekemia. I had a little orange tabby with it who only lasted a couple of months. Then a few years later I had sisters who both had it. They were a hand full. LOL
They lived just under 3 years with the disease. My vet told me that stress can trigger it into "active" stage, as well as illness. Both of mine got a URI and never came fully back. Once the didease became active they went quickly. With the first one I was on the phone with the vet when she went to the bridge. I believe with all my heart that her sister died from a broken heart. I have 3 other cats, so at the time I had 5. Non of them were seperated for each other. They ate, slept. and pooped together. I am not saying you should mix your cat family togetherl, I am just saying I did and it worked ok. I still have 3. I miss my babies everyday. Hope this helps. Good lUck.
post #26 of 29
Oh, honey, my heart goes out to you and beautiful Rukia. I pray that she'll have many healthy months and years with you...I know this may not help much, but sometimes God places a friend in our lives, and calls them home early...there is a reason for this, and we need to be thankful for the moments we get to share with them during their time with us, and be blessed by the influence they've had in our lives. Here's to a healthy Rukia, with a lot of love and special care and attention from you, she'll bring you much joy, no matter how long she's meant to make it!
post #27 of 29
Oh my word!!. When Lei (xocats) sent me your link and told me how adorable your baby was she wasn't wrong

What a gorgeous little girl you have, and bless your parents and you for giving this little girl a loving home despite her illness. I really pray she lives a long life and we must see more of this little treasure in fur pages
post #28 of 29
Hi and welcome to TCS

Rukia certainly is a gorgeous little baby Thank you for giving her a great chance in life

I know it must seem like there isn't much hope and the outlook looks bleak but there is still a lot of hope yet, Don't give up...Has she only had the one test at the vet?If so then recent studies have shown there is about 58% chance the test was a false positive.
If she has only had the one test then she should be re-tested in 12 weeks time for a true result..by virus isolation or immunoflouresence.
There will be no point retesting any sooner than 12 weeks apart as the test won't be accurate so there would be no point your vet charging for one so soon after the first one.
Here is a very good link that will give you alot of answers to your questions
http://www.gla.ac.uk/vet/clinical/di...lv.htm#mixinfd

Even if the second test does come back positive it's still not the end for Rukia she can live a long and happy life with you...it just means she will be more at risk from infections...which can be limited with careful management

If you need any help or advice on Felv feel free to pm me anytime
post #29 of 29
Aww your baby is adorable! I'm so sorry to hear that she was diagnosed with Leukemia. Hopefully she'll live a very long happy life. Just cherish everyday that you have with her. I wish you the best of luck.
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