Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Our FIV Kitty's 13th Birthday

by Donna L. Watkins

In February 2006, our 10-year old cat was diagnosed with FIV. She had been a feral and we had her as an inside cat for about 5 years. She was always a healthy and playful cat so when she got suddenly very sick with a pupil totally dilated in one eye, we were surprised when the vet said she had FIV after testing.

© 2009 Donna L. Watkins - Squeek With Door Prize Kitty Basket
He said the eye problem would probably lead to blindness but he did not expect her to live through the end of the week. We didn't accept that prognosis and took her home to give her 24-hour attention with herbs every few hours and water by dropperful. We used the antibiotics that the vet suggested alongside the natural treatment and in a few days she was responding better and was a tiny bit interested in food.

Well ... the end of that story is that she made a comeback and we have treasured the time with her ever since. I read a lot about FIV and some natural options to keep the immune system strong and she's appeared even healthier than she was before the diagnosis. We've used a variety of immune-building and supporting products but the constant one has been Nature's Sunshine Colostrum and Nature's Sunshine Spirulina, alternating the Spirulina on 3 weeks and off 2 weeks.

We have been VERY particular in her food and decided on Dr. Jane Bick's Life's Abundance because it's a small enough company that they are controlling their ingredient sourcing. They've never had a recall and the way they have their production set up, they certainly never should.

We're thrilled that she's having her 13th birthday today and wanted to share our rejoicing with you and to remind you that there is always hope no matter what a vet says. Research and gather information ... pray and put a plan in place to proceed. You have more vested interest than a vet that sees hundreds of animals each week.

1 comment:

Jan's Funny Farm said...

It's so good to see Squeek is still doing so well!

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