Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Sammy lived for five years after I rescued him, and he eventually died from urinary tract failure- and infection from having (sorry it sounds gross) the end of his penis cut off because he was having problems urinating. He actually died in his carrier while waiting for veterinary care, which I have always felt horrible about. Obviously I never went back to that vet, either. I will have Sammy's whole story up soon at Cat Adoption Stories, but until then, I came across another site that gives really good advice about Feline Leukemia and Health Tips. Interestingly enough, the cat she talks about also was named Sam. She gives some good tips on how to integrate a cat that has leukemia into your household. I think these are good tips for people who keep their pets indoors, or who have limited numbers of pets. I have always had a different take because my pets were rescues, and most began as feral cats who have most likely already been exposed.
What you need to know is that having your cat diagnosed with Feline Leukemia is not a death sentence. They can live for many healthy, happy years if you keep on top of their medical concerns.