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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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health problems and life expectancy

Hi, I just have a question about life expectancy of cats with severe health problems. How long could a cat with a severe illness like cancer or FIV live? I had a feral cat for about 3 years; she and 3 cats she had given birth to had lived in a store's crawl space for about 7 years before this. The store changed owners and were closing that space so we decided to catch her and her 3 cats and keep them at our house in an enclosure. She seemed to be in decent health considering how she lived. Although, you could always hear her breath like there was something in her lungs or nose and sometimes the white eyelids would cover part of her eyes. We could never get close to her though. Even if we just held a plate up to her she'd swat it away. Recently, though, her health deteriorated rapidly. It started with one eye being covered in red flesh and underneath the eye was swollen; she often had discharge and from the eye and nose. I thought it may have been conjunctivitis so I got her some lysine which I read could help. This didn't do anything and within days she got to the point where she was struggling to move and breath and had no strength. She died a few days ago. We took care of her for about 10 years and she wasn't much older than that herself. I suspect that it was an illness that she had prior to us catching her but we can't be sure of that. But I was wondering how long a cat with a severe illness can live for without treatment.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 11:53 AM
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A properly cared for FIV cat need not have a shortened life expectancy.
From this web article:
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 12:33 PM
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We have clients with cats who have had FIV for 10+ years. My friends cat is 7 years old and is positive, though we are unsure at what age he contracted the disease. As long as a positive cat is looked after very well, kept indoors and monitored closely for signs of ill health, it can live as long as any other and live normally too.

Cancers, on the other hand, are usually fatal quicker.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 12:36 PM
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It all depends on what kind of other health problems occur. I had a cat that was about 5 years old. He had fiv and felv. He was fairly healty right up untill the end when he liver started to have problems. There is a lady @ the shelter I volunteer @ and she resuces Fiv cats. She has had them live anywhere from 6 months to 18 years.
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