Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Au Tests RetroMAD1, A New Wonder Drug Fighting FIV

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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44 comments:

Kea said...

Wow, we *are* crossing our paws that this drug will work not only for Au, but for many others besides the 13 dosed last year.

We're keeping you all in our thoughts and purrayers!

-Nicki, Derry and Mom Kim

Simba said...

This is very encouraging news. It is exciting for him to be able to be part of this trial. Go Au!!!

Old Kitty said...

Oh my stars! Me and Charlie have everything crossed that Au responds very positively to this new drug!!!!! We are sending you all tons of purrs, hugs and best best wishes!!! You can beat this, gorgeous Au!! Take care
x

Cindy said...

I am praying this will work for Au. I've not been keeping up, so this news shocked me.

Julie said...

Those are impressive results, I sure hope Au has a similar experience.

Brian said...

All of our most positive purrs are with you sweet Au!!!

The Whiskeratti said...

This is really pawsome news. We hope with all of our hearts that this will work for sweet Au.

Eric and Flynn said...

We are purring for Au that the medication works well for him.

Cory said...

We are purring for Au that this will work. What a wonderful thing that you at least get to try!

Au, you got the power of the purr going for you!

ABBY said...

Leave it to Au to become a test kitty.
We think you are a hero for paving the way to help more kitties in need. YOU go Au and we will be purrin for you.

purrin
xoxox

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Good luck Au! We are hoping this helps you a lot!

Sweet Praline said...

I am definitely crossing my paws that this drug will work for Au!

Everycat said...

All paws firmly crossed here that RetroMAD1 works swiftly for dear Au. This drug sounds wonderful, so much potential! We look forward to updates.

*sets down a plate of gammon roasted in molasses for Au*

Nom, nom nom!

Whicky Wuudler
Oliver
& Gerry

Mumsy, Chancy and Company said...

Oh, my this sounds great. Will be praying this works for Au and we are so glad he is getting to take the new drug. Hoping to see a speedy recovery sweet Au. Hugs and nose kisses

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, wouldn't it just be so wonderful if this drug helps Au be well again? We have our Phantom who is basically fur over bone too, but getting him to eat is quite the challenge. Today was a good day for him, the past week, not so good. But we love him as you love Au and we do what we can.

Paws crossed for Au.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Ginger said...

He's precious even if he is skinny!

Mr Puddy said...

I purrs purrs for the new medication works well for AU !!!!
and I can't wait to hear the result !
xxx

Katnip Lounge said...

Mister Au, we expect you to make medical history. It's very exciting that you can help sick kitties all over the world! Paws firmly crossed that you start to feel better soon.

Mommy says that an easy way for your Mom to check for jaundice is to check your ear skin color when the sun shines through them. That's what she did with Chuckles to keep an eye on his liver.

pointe.csl said...

Thank God, there's a drug available now, albeit a trial drug. Keeping my paws crossed for Au and all at home, also sending my hugs, love and purrs your way.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

purring and praying soooooo hard that Au responds well to the drug and that the poor baby is cured!!! As Kea said for other kitties suffering from the same illness as well.
Looking forward to your updates!
xoxo

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Fight, fight, fight Au...with medicine that has helped other kitties...we are glad you have access to this special chance!

=^..^= said...

Wat hopeful news! We're keeping our paws crossed for this to work then Au and many many sick kitties will be saved!

~Slash & Bronzy

BeadedTail said...

We are purring that this new drug works for Au and he gets better! We hope he has the same experience with it that the other kitties did!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What great news!

How khool you can be part of something like this!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Yay for Au! Crossed paws all around for Au. Aunty Ellen, keep the chickun coming will ya? purrrr....meow!

Lorenza said...

Paws crossed here for Au!
I hope the trial works good for him!
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

KnottedFingers said...

Purring and praying so so hard for AU!!! We hope this medication gets him feeling well and eating well again!!

Au and Target said...

If you are in Malaysia, and you have an FIV positive kitty that's sick, contact Vet Dr Benny Tan of Klinik Haiwan dan Surgeri Wawasan based in Puchong (03 5832 0755) who is in the position to assess how your cat may be treated with RetroMAD1.

Barbara said...

Hope the new treatment works - paws and tails crossed xx

The Chair Speaks said...

Am glad Au is being treated. Will look forward to update news on Au. Thanks very much for the vet info and will forward it to anyone who needs it.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Poor Au looks quite tired! I would like to stroke him gently... :'(
Praying hard that the drug helps all needy FIV kitties around the world! We are purring for Au and the new drug!

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm here sending good energies to Au and crossing paws to everything be okay soon!
Congratulations for your new romance book!You are so talented!
purrs
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Hannah and Lucy said...

We have got everything crossed that this drug works for Au and for all the other kitties who need it.
We are purring up a great cloud of good wishes for you.
Lots of luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx (and mum Sue xx)

Mishkat said...

We're sending Au many many purrs - and we're definitely keeping our paws crossed. We're glad he is eating a little and that his test results are so much better.

Love and purrs from Franklin, Dobby, Tasha, and mom Katie

Random Felines said...

OMC - that is AWESOME!! We are sending purrs and are sitting with our paws crossed. Our friend Kelly has a kitty named Murphy who is FIV+ but he is healthy. We are going to send this post to her just in case....

Boo-Bah said...

I am so happy that Au is going to be able to be part of the trial. It sounds like he ha a good chance of recovery. I am hoping and praying for Au every day.

How wonderful it will be if this medicine will be available to all cats that would benefit from it.
If it ontinues to get good results, I imagine it will be someday.

Brian said...

Just stopped by to say go Au go!!! Purrs to you sweet friend!

milepebbles said...

aawwww.... adorable Au! I hope you will feel better soon with this new med!!!

Cheri said...

This is wonderful news - I have one cat with FIV and she is doing well now but when her times comes, she may need this new drug. Thanks for blogging about Au's trial!

Cats of Wildcat Woods

Admiral Hestorb said...

I love Au and all my paws are crossed. He has my heart.

Catsparella said...

I am over the moon to hear that Au is doing so much better, and will continue to purr that the drugs keep working and that he continues to improve!

Kjelle Bus said...

Miaow how great that they have found a medicine for Au :)
Great for other kitties too !
Glad to hear that Au is eating better now :)

umi_e said...

Hi... we just came back from Dr Tan clinic and really hope the antiviral will also effective on our Chiku who has FeLV

fatimatuzzahra said...

hello there..Au got FelV?..my sis's cat too..doc says he got only 3 months to live..but he's still standing till now..which is more than 2 years I guess..my brother in law have done studies from d net..found out some people have try vit C booster to their FelV cats..he just try out to dat cat (Budak Cicak)..he's still alive and kicking then..