I am very new to cats. I have always only had dogs ( and they do not have nearly as many diseases). I found 4 stray kittens who were feral. I have been looking after them for 3 moths. They cam to trust me and came to me when I called them eventually. One of these, Fluffster (the most fiesty male) turned up yesterday with a very badly swollen eye which was threatening to rupture. I realise now that this is a symptom of feline flu. I needed to get him to the vet asap, but had no cash. I asked the cat haven to have their vet look at him and to invoice me the bill. I had to surrender my rights of ownership to the kitten first. The haven vet found that the kitten had "full blown aids" and also feline lukemia as well as cat flu. She argued with me that the cat's mouth ulcers will never heal and taking medication would be painful. I refused to let the cat be put down, however it was anyway because I had surrendered my rights. I fully understand the implications of caring for cat with aids and I realise it needs to be always kept indoors and will develop many problems. I was happy to do this. I am not sure the vet did the right thing. After all the many people care for many years for cats with feline lukemia and aids. Also I was under the impression that a kitten of 4 months was unlikely to be in the later stages of aids as it is a slowly progressing disease. Am I right about this? What is the prognosis for cats with aids, lukemia and cat flu co-infections? Can the secondary infections be kept at bay? Do these cats need to be put down? Why was this cat put down?
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7/8/06 at 11:36pm