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Good news on potential breakthroughs for IVF+ cats like Marmalade

Good news on potential breakthroughs for IVF+ cats like Marmalade
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As many of you know, Marmalade is FIV+, acquired from her mother at birth. Despite this, our favorite ginger tabby named after the British jam has lived a spectacular life. He kicked ass from cancer, and having feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) isn’t holding him back one bit either.

And we love to report when there are breakthroughs that help FIV+ cats like Marmalade! We recently shared news about an innovation in diagnostic tests which will help countless cats like Marm.

In 2014, vets discovered Marmalade was FIV+ and had gastrointestinal lymphoma likely caused by another common virus (FcaGHV1) in cats.

Marmalade the living cat with FIV

To note: FIV is not transmissible to humans.

At the time, the virus had only recently been discovered and there were no diagnostic tests. No more, because Dr. Shana Owens from the University of Arkansas has developed a quick and easy test for cats. With a small blood sample, vets can determine if the virus is present within minutes. By catching it early, vets have the best chance of stopping the cancer.

A gel to help treat FIV+ cats

Now we are happy to share news of another development with the potential to help cats with oral health issues. As much as 3 out of 4 cats can suffer from oral health problems.

As you know FIV can weaken the immune system and FIV positive cats can have symptoms including dental disease.

For domestic cats like Marm, routine veterinary exams can control potential problems. Recently, Marmalade had a dental examination and her teeth, gums and roots look great.

But for stray cats and shelter cats, their oral health can deteriorate rapidly for many reasons.

Shelter cats with IVF

Cats with dental disease

When veterinarians treat the mouths of shelter cats, there may be heavy bleeding from the gums. Recently we were happy to learn that a new gel is available to help stop bleeding in cats, so we wanted to spread the word.

Note: Cole and Marmalade are not affiliated with the companies or products in this article and simply want to raise awareness of the potential of cats. (We cannot confirm claims or effectiveness.)

It’s called Vétigel, a herbal “veterinary prescription haemostatic gel” that claims to control bleeding in seconds on contact. According to testimony from Diane Woods Young DVM of the Feline Medicine and Surgery Clinic in Edmond, OK, Vetigel has made a big difference for cats in a shelter.

Woods Young discussed treating cats with dental disease in an IVF+ cat ward at a no-kill shelter. Before using the gel, vets had to use gauze to stop the bleeding, and that filled a trash bag. After ordering the gel, Woods Young was able to successfully treat a cat with serious dental issues. Previously, this kitty was considered incurable due to bleeding.

“I sent the cat home the same day, and this had never happened before because he was bleeding so much,” she said.

With the tool to stop the bleeding, surgery times have been cut “at least in half if not more, which is a really good idea for an IVF+ cat,” she notes. By saving so much time, the vet was also able to help more cats during the day.

If this is true, then the potential to help cats, especially shelter cats, seems incredible. We hope it lives up to the claims here. If so, it could offer an incredible new tool for veterinarians treating cats and animals in general.

Video of Vetigel:

Facts about FIV and FeLV

Previously we have shared facts about FIV, often confused with feline leukemia virus (FeLV). While cats can be vaccinated against FeLV, there is not currently one for IVF.

It is important to note that indoor cats have a very low risk of transmitting FIV. Here is Marmalade with FIV- Bond, and their princess tortie sisters Jugg & Zig Zag are also negative for FIV.

Marmalade, FIV+, Bond, tabby cats

Marmalade and Bond

When cats fight aggressively, deep puncture wounds are possible. Then the FIV retrovirus can be transmitted. This is why the virus mainly affects outdoor cats and stray cats who frequently engage in very serious territorial fights.

Facts About Cats, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

In most cases, cats with FIV live long and healthy lives. FIV+ Cats = Positively Adoptable!

See more in our video below:



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