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Prognosis for a Cat with Leukemia and Anemia?

My cat has just tested positive for leukemia and severe anemia. The vet automatically suggested euthanasia. I believe something can save my baby, that euthanasia is not the answer. She just started showing signs and this is just a nightmare to think nothing can be done. My friend said her cat lived four years after being diagnosed. If I can treat the anemia and get her feeling better then can't she have a chance as long as the anemia is cured?

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August 6, 20181 found this helpful

We have a friend who lets kitties with leukemia live out their lives in her home and some live many years after their diagnosis. Treating the anemia is the key, as you stated.

It can't hurt to get a second opinion and find a good solution for the anemia.

Will send up lots of prayers for you and your fur baby. Let us know how it goes.

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May 23, 20190 found this helpful

Any cat with leukemia give them interferon a...Interferon alfa-2a is used to alleviate the clinical effects of certain viral diseases. It has been used to control the symptoms of non-neoplastic feline leukemia virus and ocular herpes infections in cats.

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It may also be used to treat certain cancers in dogs and cats. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/.../

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August 6, 20180 found this helpful

More than 50 percent of cats with leukemia die within a couple of years. That means that more than 40% do not. Your cat could have a blood transfusion if the anemia is severe. Talk it over with this vet, and see someone else for a second opinion.

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August 7, 20180 found this helpful

If you are not comfortable with the diagnosis from your vet then you should find another vet as this is crucial for you and your cat.

  • This is very sad but you really need to understand that treating even just the anemia is going to be a very expensive process and treating the leukemia will be even more expensive and most likely you and your cat will have to spend a lot of time at the vet's facility.
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  • But, most importantly is whether after all this treatment will your cat become healthy and live a pain free life? You and your vet (or a counselor) need to have a long talk about what the outcome might be if all of these treatments are done.
  • The most important thing should be about the overall health of your cat. Can you tell how she feels? Usually not, as they have no way to communicate with humans and can many times be in pain that we are not aware of.
  • This is a very hard and emotional decision and it would be a lot better if the the vet has a counselor who is used to dealing with the tough decisions that have to be made when an animal has a terminal disease. I have been through this with a pet and it is a very traumatic experience and this terrible lost feeling will be with you for a while but sometimes it becomes necessary to put the well being of the animal ahead of our personal feelings.
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  • Please give this a lot of thought before you start on this journey with your cat because whatever decision you make will not be an easy one and because you love your pet you should really check out all possibilities, but, please, think about what kind of life she will have if you decide to try medication to prolong her life.
  • I sincerely hope you and your cat can have a long healthy happy life together.
  • General reading:
  • www.petmd.com/.../c_ct_anemia_aplastic?page=2
  • www.askthecatdoctor.com/felineleukemia.html
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August 9, 20180 found this helpful

This can be a very expensive treatment and you can try the blood transfusion or you can do like other people have done and just let the cat live the best life possible until they are gone.

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August 30, 20182 found this helpful

I have heard of cats living with leukemia in fact I worked at an animal shelter for a time that had a whole room of leukemia cats. The shelter eventually was shut down due to structural issues and they were sent to other sanctuaries so I can not ask anyone about what was done with those cats. But I can tell you that I read a lot about holistic health and Animal Care and I know that dr. Richard Pitcairn has written that feline leukemia and other viruses can be treated by changing to a holistic diet with supplements. It's a lot of work but I think it is worth it if you can do it. It's hard if you have multiple cats. He wrote a book called something like Natural Health for dogs and cats it's a paperback it's been in print for about 30 years there was a New Edition released in the last 5 years he pretty much gives you recipes to cook cat food and tells you what supplements to use and and gives you a list of herbal extracts and other possible remedies you have to pick which ones you're willing to do. That's just in general how he approaches each illness. He explains why regular medicine sometimes doesn't work or is causing problem. The second book I would recommend you look for is a book by Diane Stein. It's called something like natural remedies for dogs and cats. She's summarizes approaches to illnesses by various holistic vets. Most importantly I would get your cat to a holistic vet immediately.

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There is a website where you can look up one in your area I'll see if I can find it again and post a link but if you Google something like American holistic veterinary Society I think you'll find it. The holistic vet will give you a protocol of supplements and food and possibly acupuncture to boost her immune system or keep her comfortable. Some of them are very expensive in my area I have found though that some are more reasonably priced. Around here I found a reasonably priced one in Brooklyn just to give you an idea. The wealthier the area the more expensive the vet. Try to find out how much an exam would be and then have all your blood work Etc sent. Do this right away because the longer you wait the less accurate the lab work will be considered. One of the big problems with leukemia cats is that they don't have a big appetite so it's important that you follow up on this right away. A lot of vets want to give steroids to increase appetite but this will cause suppression of the immune system so you don't want to keep the cat on steroids long-term in my opinion so please get yourself to a holistic vet please believe me when I tell you that holistic vets also have training in traditional medicine first so you will not be talking to someone who doesn't know the other side of the coin. Good luck let me know what happens

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August 17, 20190 found this helpful

Absolutely in N. Y. the holistic vets are much easier to find and its not that expensive. Years ago I treated my cat holistically who was dx. with diabetes. He lived for years diabetes free. I now live in Fl. another cat of mine, Kiki has stopped eating many tests show anemia no answers. So frustrating. Yet she eats treats, licks the tub and cement walls.

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Tomorrow I'm buying chicken livers, brewers yeast see if she'll eat. We just lost my eldest Sophia of 17 1/2 yrs. 2 months ago. This is breaking my heart my youngest Grace is so stressed she's licked the fur off of her belly and lower legs...I'll repost any changes.

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