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  • 1.  The Story of Rose

    Posted 01-12-2023 10:07 AM

    While all of our cats are rescued we want to highlight the story of Rose. Rose was a feral cat spotted on the streets of Chestertown for weeks. Eventually, a volunteer from Cat Colloquium was able to lure Rose in and take her to the local Humane Society. However, the Humane Society was at full capacity for cats and therefore could not take her in and she found herself back at the CatCo. A few days after bringing her home, Rose began feeling lethargic and upon going to the vet, we learned that she was anemic. Cats normally have a hemoglobin of around 35-36, Rose was testing at 9.  The local vet implored us to get her a blood transfusion immediately, however, the closest place to carry blood for cats was 2 hours away. When we reached the hospital, the vet tested Rose for feline leukemia and she tested positive. Due to this, the hospital refused to give her blood, as she was in a fatal condition and they did not believe it would work. It felt unfair and we immediately began looking for solutions. We found an article published online stating that if a cat has both anemia and feline leukemia, doctors are urged to treat the kitten for anemia first, as it is not a symptom of the leukemia. We called the doctor again and with the help of this article, they agreed to perform the blood transfusion! 

    Rose immediately started to improve and the doctors believed the feline leukemia test was a false positive due to Rose's anemia and therefore recommended getting her retested. We were eager to agree, as feline leukemia is highly contagious and Rose was currently being isolated from the rest of our resident cats. After weeks of no news, we finally got a negative test result and Rose was able to reenter society! Rose is now thriving at the CatCo and her story has inspired us to take initiative to create a local blood bank for cats. We do not want any cat to go through what Rose did and we hope to encourage others to see the benefits of funding local cat blood banks!


    Laura Johnstone Wilson
    Cat Colloquium

  • 2.  RE: The Story of Rose

    Posted 01-17-2023 11:10 AM
    Laura - Thank you so much for sharing this story.  Would you mind also sharing the article you found about treating anemia first as it is not related to the leukemia?  I have rescued several cats that have initially been anemic when being brought in, one in particular was so severe that he went into seizures upon arrival at the ER and stopped breathing.  Luckily, it appears, he was not diagnosed simultaneously with FelV and they immediately started treatment.  He did survive and thrive, but the information you are providing is important for all of us in rescue to have.  Like with the cat I am describing, there wasn't any time to research whether to treat the anemia if he had been FelV and he surely would have died without immediate and instantaneous response and  treatment .  I personally would like the information you found to share with others through my own rescue FB page, as well as Virginia Angel Paws which I admin.  This is vital information and could save many lives.  Thank you for sharing Rose's story and I'm thankful she had you on her team to fight for her!  I will privately share my contact information.

    Kimberlie Kanelopoulos
    The Grace Card, Inc.

  • 3.  RE: The Story of Rose

    Posted 01-17-2023 01:03 PM
    Hi Kimberlie.
    Here's the link to the article that we found helpful in our struggles with Rose. I hope it helps you as well.
    thanks for your well wishes,

    Laura Johnstone Wilson
    Cat Colloquium, Executive Director