We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
During the first week in April we took in a family of eight orange cats - a mother with her seven 1 week old kittens. They were found next to a Dumpster, the mother. Peaches was nursing the kittens there. I guess she was next to the Dumpster so she could get food. They are pictured in the two photos above.
A couple of days after taking them in, we took them to the vet to have the mother tested for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), Unfortunately, the mother was positive :( Although this virus is not a death sentence, it does make them harder to be adopted. We learned that about 25-30% of all kittens born to positive mothers will be positive themselves. We ran in depth blood tests on all 7 kittens and all were negative for FIV except the last 2 we tested. They turned up positive. I did a lot of research and found out about a very new treatment -T-cyte that I ended up needing to call the company to get information about. This is a treatment to help both FIV and FeLV positive cats. It's success rate is very high - 75-80%. The best thing about this medicine is, if it doesn't help them, it won't hurt them! They have also had a great deal of success with kittens who are born with the virus. If they are treated very early with 4 shots, they are likely to become negative :)!
The photo below is of Buffy aka Poundcake. He WAS positive.
The next photo is of Sabrina AKA Pumpkincake. She WAS the other kitten who received a positive result.
The following photo is of me saying goodbye to the sweet mother who is thankfully in a good home with a relative who has no other cats. She is being treated with T-cyte as well. Her blood tests have improved dramatically and her vet says she is very healthy!
When I called T-cyte for information, a vet answered the phone right away and explained everything to me. He even agreed to talk to my vet about the treatments because my vet was not familiar with this new medicine. They were great to work with and communicate with!
The photo below is of Pound cake and pumpkin cake in their new home. I flew them to Kansas City at the beginning of July to be with a very nice family who wanted to adopt them even though they knew they were F I V positive...Once in their new home they were treated with 4 doses each of T-cyte.
It may sound like a miracle, and maybe it is, but the kittens were retested at 6 months of age after being treated and tested NEGATIVE - YaY!!!
I love happy endings! I can't imagine this story being any happier. Thanks to my friend Heidi and her family for adopting these two sweet babies and to T-cyte for creating such a miracle drug! They are both very happy and healthy 8 month old kitties now who have an excellent family and forever home. PLEASE spread the word because it's not well known. Also, feel free to ask me any questions or leave a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by and spreading the word! I will leave you with a photo of Poundcake with Izzy, one of her lovely new family members <3