Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Your Cat

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Your Cat

The Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) affects your cat’s immune system and can make her susceptible to a number of infections. FeLV is transmitted through saliva and is transmitted most often through fights or while grooming. Once infected, you can treat your cat for resulting infections and fever but FeLV is incurable. Most cats die within two years of infection with FeLV. Fortunately there is a vaccination to prevent your cat from contracted FeLV. Don’t allow vaccinations and boosters to lapse since this could put your cat at risk. Your cat will need periodic blood tests to make sure she hasn’t been inadvertently infected with FeLV. Obviously, your cat must be kept inside and away from other cats if she is infected. Consider having your indoor cat immunized as well since most cats slip outside on occasion and she will need to be protected. Learn more from your Lafayette, LA veterinary clinic.


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