Friday, February 13, 2004

Life, or something like it

I could have sworn I blogged somewhere between this post and the last post, but alas, it is not there..

I ended up boostering everyone's FeLV vaccine.. figured what the heck. Brought Eli in because his eyelid had swollen up a bit. Realized his vaccines were overdue.. did his, brought home Muffin's to do. Emmy got a clean bill of health.. going to do a bg curve on her this weekend, and then start her back on the herbs. The herbologist at work did Ollie's vaccines. We got to talking about what a grumpy gus he can be, and she offered some herbs. At first, I thought they were doing really well, but he's getting mighty territorial.. he gets really annoyed when anyone gets in what he considers his space. If he jumps up on me for some petting and someone else is already there, he gets pissy and leaves. If I put a food bowl down and he thinks it should be his, he gets pissy at whoever else might put their nose in it.

I got Jack's FIP titer results back when ollie was in for his dental. (his teeth were a bit covered in plaque, and his breath was bad. I only recently started brushing kitty teeth.. so I wasn't surprised) Jack is negative now. *Yahooie* so I had them pull some blood on Ollie. Ollie, however, is not negative.. but he is a lot less positive than he was. The titer test is such a weird thing.. 1:32 to 1:64 is considered negative. the next reading is 1:128, then 1:256 then 1:512 then 1:1024 and up from there I guess. Ollie's original positive was 512. we then tested again in six weeks, and his next titer level was the 1024. His reading from earlier this week was 256. So he's a lot less positive than he's ever been! Hopefully, soon he'll be totally negative.

Now again, the titer test doesn't tell them a whole heck of a lot. Only that his body had reacted to exposure to a virus that may or may not mutate into FIP. but then again, that is what the experts are saying at this particular point in time. Doing research on FIP is like trying to find out what the English were thinking when they built Stonehenge. One expert says this, another says that most of the stuff I can find is from the early 90's.. which means its more than 10 years old. It's horribly frustrating!! but from what I can tell, just because they have been exposed to the virus does not mean they are going to come down with it, but I do like the fact that they are working on being negative.

On a side note.. I got the cutest thing in my email today. The woman who adopted "Peanut" and "Gonzo" who has changed their names to Treads and Miles, sent me a photo of Peanut today, she made a little valentine out of it. It was ever so sweet.

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