What is FeLV?
How does it spread?
. Feline leukemia is a disease that only affects cats -- it cannot be transmitted to people, dogs, or other animals. FeLV is passed from one cat to another through saliva, blood, and to some extent, urine and feces.
What cats are at greatest risk of infection?
What does FeLV do to a cat?
Feline leukemia virus adversely affects the cat's body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, it may cause various blood disorders, and it may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat's ability to protect itself against other infections.
What are the signs of disease caused by FeLV?
Diagnosis of FeLV infection
Fortunately, good diagnostic tests are readily available for FeLV. These tests are quick, relatively inexpensive, and generally very reliable. Often the kits simultaneously test for FIV, as many of the clinical signs of FIV infection are similar to FeLV infection.
Who should be tested?
If your cat test positive you should retest her after minimum 12-16 weeks as some cats can develop immunity and remove the virus from the body.
If you cat tests positive for FeLV, it is NOT a death sentence! However you should follow recommendations for managing “healthy” FeLV cat:
Vaccination against FeLV helps prevent virus persistence and FeLV-associated disease, and is recommended for all cats at risk of exposure - including cats with access to outdoors, cats living with known FeLV-infected cats, and in multicat environments. Also, FeLV vaccination is recommended for all kittens due to increased susceptibility to the virus and the permanent nature after infection. Vaccination does not affect test results!