My Cat Has (Feline) AIDS

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I will start off by saying that this is just a preliminary diagnosis for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and we will have to wait to have another more accurate test. The vet took drew blood from her twice today and didn’t want to go for a third. Plus, he wants her to be on antibiotic and eating again before we do it.

Monkey is a very active cat. She loves her food, treats, running, chasing things, terrorizing her much bigger wimpy canine sister Violet, and going outside. She spends a lot of time in our back yard, or patrolling the top of the fence. However, she does tend to take off for parts unknown (within the complex we live in).

The last few days Monkey hasn’t eaten her food, has turned her nose up at treats, hides, sleeps, and hasn’t even put up a big fuss about not going outside. So, yesterday I called the vet’s office and mad an appointment for this morning.

My Hubby thought it was worms. I was hoping it was something very simple. Neither one of us was expecting an Immunodeficiency Virus!

I was instantly feeling guilty because I find it difficult sometimes to keep her back when I am letting Violet out into the back yard, or when someone comes to the front door. I was figuring she got it from one of the many ferrel cats that are around. But the vet assistant said no, there were a number of factors that probably had nothing to do with us.

Monkey has a pretty rough start. She was dropped off in a paper bag with her brother at the vet’s office when they were about six weeks old. They were in rough shape and weened too early. However, the vet and his staff cleaned them up, brought them back to health and put them up for adoption. They were in a crate in the waiting area. I was new to this vet as we had been going to one near where we used to live. We had heard good things about this guy and I was worried about Violet’s arthritis so I took her there. She went to the cage and there was this cute little black kitty. The brother had already been adopted.

We were still not quite over losing our other dog, Joie, to cancer  8 months before, but we also didn’t want Violet to be alone. The next day I went back and adopted her. There’s another story about that too, but I’ll save it for another time.

The second that tiny black ball of fluff entered our house, she was queen of the castle. Whatever hardships she had before didn’t show for a second. And, she lived up to her name by climbing, crawling into, jumping, everything in sight.

Okay, back to the main point. The assistant said that it can lay dormant for awhile so she could have gotten the FIV from her mother – they knew nothing about the family or the cat parents except that they had not treated the kittens very well. Secondly, we were wanting to keep Monkey as an indoor cat, however, she  did sneak out a few times in those early days. Since she had only indoor shots, she could have caught it then, coming in contact with infected cats. So, it was nothing recent.

The one thing that came out of this whole experience today for me was that I handled it extremely well. I was visibly shaken, however, I did not break down in tears. I texted Hubby and Kay to get them praying as I waited for test results. I even left Monkey in her cage there while I went into the nearby grocery store to grab a couple of necessary items for us so that I wouldn’t have to leave her in the van and do it. This also gave me a chance to call hubby and to distract myself from the fact that I was waiting to see if my little Monkey had leukemia or FIV.

Some changed will have to be made. Monkey can not go outside anymore for fear she will get an infection of any kind. We have to keep an eye on her eating habits, breathing, weight, etc. for any significant changes. And we may have to take her to the vet regularly to have her white cell counts checked.

For now, she is curled up in Hubby’s office chair beside me, with Violet on a mat between the two chairs and life is good!

Lydia!

 

About LydiaA1614

I am a woman, wife, Christian, mentor, writer, crafter and dreamer. I have had many health challenges in my 50+ years - both physical and mental. But these just enhance my other qualities and make me the individual I am. My writing encompasses all of the above and more.
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13 Responses to My Cat Has (Feline) AIDS

  1. annwjwhite says:

    Good, you have an early diagnosis and are willing to go the extra mile. You are lucky to have found Monkey, and she/he is lucky to have you. Cats are a miracle of conversation. I have one named Frankenstein, a little longhair tortoiseshell female who is the most vocal cat I’ve ever met. She was found under a neighbor’s lawnmower, fortunately before it was turned out. No one ever claimed her and we kept her. She’s indoor and a real scheduler. She manages my life, tells the dogs when it’s time for dinner, puts us to bed and lets me know the world is a good place.

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    • LydiaA1614 says:

      Frankenstein sounds awesome! I am sure if they were together she and Monkey (also a girl) would talk each other’s heads off! It seems to be the little ones who had to fight from the beginning who rule the place doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

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  2. LydiaA1614 says:

    I just wanted to say that one of the reasons I wrote this post is to let people know that this is a real concern for cats. I wouldn’t wish this scenario on anyone.

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  3. speedyrabbit says:

    Unfortunately FIV is becoming more common in cats as more and more are abandoned by the owners and those that don’t vaccinate their cats.How ever Monkey is in the best place with you to take care of her and she has every chance of a long Happy and relatively healthy life.yes the will be little blips health wise but you will make what ever adjustments that need to be made for this adorble kitty which will help to keep those blips to a minimum.Good luck to you all,xx Rachel and Speedy

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  4. Sorry to read this, and that ‘Like’ is the only option

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  5. This was so hard to read Lydia. My Mom’s cat died from feline AIDS – our little earthling friends are our children and it hurts to see them ill. I hope they can help Monkey and that it is not too late xxx my thoughts are with you x

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    • LydiaA1614 says:

      Thanks, Daisy. We are hopeful and will take all precautions to keep her immune system safe. My immune system is compromised because of some of my health concerns but not near as serious. At least it gives me an idea of what to do.

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  6. take care of yourself, friend xx

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  7. Keith says:

    Best wishes. It is nice, but prophetic, how the cats get closer to you when they feel poorly.

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