Au is eating tiny little meals now but he's still fur over bone thin. He's so weak that a wind would blow him over.
On Saturday we heard that the company developing RetroMAD1, an experimental recombinant protein biologic antiviral drug, was looking for sick FIV positive kitties to try out their medicine.
In the last year, they've dosed 13 cats with symptomatic FIV or FeLV (Feline leukemia) with this drug - and all 13 have recovered. No side effects have appeared either.
So we rushed off to see Drs Tan and Wong in Puchong, the little town near us, and signed Au up.
First we did a blood test. Au's AST has dropped from 197 to 78. His ALT has dropped from 247 to 118. This means that just with his liver pills and vitamin B complex tablets, his liver has started recovering. It also meant he was allowed to be a test cat.
RetroMAD1 is a clear, odourless, tastless drug. I have to give him 3.7 ml three times a day. I don't want to stress out my Au-meow with droppers, so I get a teaspoon of fish jelly from the top of the can, drop the liquid over it, and present it to Au in a small dish. Then we sit together as Au licks the jelly until the dish is clean. No stress, no muss, no fuss.
I'm told that within a day or two we will see a difference in Au. This RetroMAD1 will boost his whole metabolism, giving him back his appetite and his strength. The one thing I have to keep an eye out for is jaundice. So I'm looking at his eyes twice a day.
We will be blogging and twittering about this trial every day so you can all keep up with the news. I am meeting the developer of RetroMAD1 on Wednesday and will post the interview here on the blog on Thursday.
Paws crossed this drug that will treat sick FIV kitties successfully world-wide!
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