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Old November 2nd, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Feline Leukemia of the Bone Marrow? Or something similar

hi everyone. Timmy is not doing so well. His bone marrow has just about shut down and is no longer making red blood cells. Something had destroyed his red blood cells but for whatever reason his bone marrow stopped making new ones.. so he's slowly dying from anemia that hasn't corrected it's self.

I really have no idea what to do anymore Once he perks up after you get his meds and food into him it makes i really hard to make any 'decisions' as to what to do with him. but i know that if his condition doesn't improve there really isn't anything left to do.

I was wondering if anyone on here has ever heard of FeLV infecting the bone marrow. He tested negative for it on the snap combo test.... he never really had any symptoms of it either.. his other siblings/mother have not had it either and were tested negative before i brought them home.

We are just running out of options and I don't want to keep torturing the poor cat, but he still has a little fight left in him and I don't want to just give up on him.

I also was wondering if anyone has any experience or knowledge of a blood transfusion in a cat (or any kind of pet). I felt like if we go ahead and do the bone marrow biopsy, if he is already under sedation he could get a blood transfusion too so atleast it buys us some time.

but then it's just back to where do we stop? the cat really seems like he wants to get better. he purrs and still tries to do stuff. but he's just getting weaker and weaker and loosing weight...

i really just miss my old timmy :sad:
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 10:41 AM
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Awww Kathryn, what a horrible decision to have to make.
I will tell you what I would be doing. The same thing you are as far as making the final decision. But given his family history with at least one other sibling dying and him getting weaker I would think you have to make the decision soon. It would not be fair to Timmy to make him suffer for any longer. At some point we have to figure out if we are keeping the pet alive for them or for us. As bad as this sounds we have to think with our head, not our heart.
Giant for giving Timmy a fighting chance. :sad:
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 11:48 AM
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Oh, poor Timmy , he has been through so much in his young life :sad:. I just can't imagine what you are going through right now. and some
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 12:25 PM
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Kathryn I am so sorry Timmy hasnt improvd. I posted a couple of sites below that may help you with some info?? There was another member here Swaysbodyguard who had a problem with his beautiful dog Sway with similiar problems with Red Blood Cells reproducing...maybe some of his info could help you!

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/dise...IAhemobart.htm

http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_imha.html

Timmy is in my prayers! He is a tough cookie!

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Old November 2nd, 2009, 12:26 PM
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It's been rough. We still really don't know what happened to his sibling. It was kind of the same thing with a rapid onset of lethargy, but no other issues. Could this be genetic then? but even then, Timmy and his brother ho passed away may not have been actually related. Atleast 2 kittens from the 6 kittens I had were not related to the others (or the mom) and were added because they were orphans. It was either the 2 orange ones (timmy and his orange brother) or the two tan ones (teddy and the one who passed away). But then, how does that make sense? Either way they 99% chance were not related, yet 1 gets rapidly sick and dies & now the one born with an extremely rare heart defect is going through the same thing?

The two black female kittens have been adopted and have no problems what-so-ever. That adds even more to the mystery. They were either related to the two tan or two orange and were 100% related to mom Maddie but have NO problems at all?



It can't really be an environmental thing either... because my cats are perfectly fine. I'm wondering if the answer lies in Maddie herself. The only common factor for sure is she nursed all 6 kittens. Maybe she passed something to them that way?

It's heartbreaking to see Timmy come so far and now basically the same mysterious thing that killed his brother is now killing him
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I'm so sorry he hasn't improved. He's such a little fighter. It's so unfair. I can't begin to imagine what you are going through.

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I'm so sorry there is no better news and they still haven't found the cause of Timmy's anemia.:sad:

In the blood test results you posted on your other thread, his hematocrit was 21%. What is it now? As far as blood transfusions go, they are quite commonly done for cats and dogs and considered to be quite safe. I agree that it could make him feel stronger and buy some time until they hopefully come up with some better answers.

Here is another comprehensive website you may not have seen about anemia in cats:

http://www.petplace.com/cats/anemia-in-cats/page3.aspx

Whatever you decide and whatever happens, you know we are here for you.

Timmy is indeed a tough boy. that things still get better for him.
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I'm so sorry there is no better news and they still haven't found the cause of Timmy's anemia.:sad:

In the blood test results you posted on your other thread, his hematocrit was 21%. What is it now? As far as blood transfusions go, they are quite commonly done for cats and dogs and considered to be quite safe. I agree that it could make him feel stronger and buy some time until they hopefully come up with some better answers.

Here is another comprehensive website you may not have seen about anemia in cats:

http://www.petplace.com/cats/anemia-in-cats/page3.aspx

Whatever you decide and whatever happens, you know we are here for you.

Timmy is indeed a tough boy. that things still get better for him.

thanks... the articles on petplace have actually been quite helpful to me. I think I am going to go ahead and ask for a transfusion for him. I don't know what his last CBC revealed. The results were directly sent to his vet and he really only told me it was bad news but didn't say what the actual counts were.


If his vet wants to go ahead and do the biopsy I want to do it on the terms that he can get a transfusion too (if that is appropriate in this case) because if he is already going to be sedated I don't want it to be for nothing. I'd atleast like to make him comfortable even if there is nothing else we can do.
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loss...

Kathryn...I lost my ten week old kitten yesterday to the exact same thing. I an devastated, as is my other cat, and feel guilty that he could not be saved. I was given two possible explanations: 1) bone marrow leukemia, which gives a false negative in the regular test or 2) a form of the herpes virus which can shut down the bone marrow. Either is incurable, and he would have had to suffer through many tests only to come to the same result. I know you went through this a few years ago now, but i can still feel your pain..i made the decision to help him rest and be at peace, as much as it killed me to do. Thank you for posting your journey with Timmy. It helped a lot.
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