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Hi this is Dr. Hill. Please give me a moment to type my full response. Thank you
I am sorry to hear that he has feline leukemia. First let me say that it is not a death sentence. Some cats can have the disease and not show any signs and live a nice long life. What you need to do is make him an indoor only cat and feed him a quality diet. Cats are carnivores and do best on a meat based diet with minimal to no grains. I like Natural Balance Venison or Duck, EVO, Wellness and Planet Organics. There is a newer medication on the market that is now available for FELV positive kitties that is supposed to help support their immune system. I will add a link to information on it. For the focal vaccine reaction, you can do a cold compress since it was just recently given. You can also get some liquid plain benadryl and give him a dose at 1 mg per pound body weight to see if this helps with the swelling. You will need to get the children's liquid benadryl. You just want to make sure that it have no other active ingredients beyond diphenhydramine (benadryl). I am sure they probably told you this, but your kitty is very contagious to other cats, so you need to be a one cat household. Let me grab the info on the newer drug and post next.
Yes. It will typically go down over a few weeks. He does not have a normal immune system, so his vaccines should be limited to only rabies.
I would do a mix of both wet and dry. Yes, one mg of benadryl per one pound of body weight. Not mls, but mg's. The bottle will tell you how many mg per teaspoon (5mls). I am not finding the name of the newer medication, so I may have to get that information to you tomorrow. Sorry. I have the information at my work place.
Yes try that first (wet food). Your welcome. Please ask any follow up questions. You can continue posting on this thread for a couple of days, even after rating my response. Take care
Your welcome. So, no people food. The organic diet would be the healthiest. Cats need a complete and balanced diet and adding people food disrupts that balance. Definitely feed twice daily. If he tolerates the benadryl, then I would give it for 5 days.
Once he has had time to acclimate to your household, you should institute some at home dental care, either brushing his teeth or using an enzymatic gel. Dental disease can become a major issue in some of these kiddos.
Your welcome. Congrats on your new kitty!!
I will be off an on the computer over the next several days, so feel free to continue posting anything that pops up.