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Everything You Need To Know About The Feline Leukaemia Virus

Last updated 6 years ago

Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) can cause immunodeficiency making cats more likely to get other diseases and certain cancers.  There is unfortunately no treatment for FeLV, but luckily there is a vaccine, and of course making sure your furry friend is healthy and comfortable at all times.

How does FeLV spread?

FeLV is an organism that harbours in infected cats; it can be passed along through contact such as cats grooming one another and those that share the same bowl. Around 30 per cent of cats will have a natural immune response that will stop them from getting the virus; however, those that do pick up the virus are likely to pass away within two to three years of a FeLV-related illness.

How can you prevent FeLV?

This virus is more likely to spread in younger cats therefore it is important that you talk to your vet about getting your kitten vaccine when they are nine weeks old and giving them a booster shot three to four weeks later. Housing a cat indoors will also help to prevent them catching the virus.

What are the symptoms?

Due to the fact that this virus affects the immune system all organs can be affected meaning that your cat may suffer with eye problems, lameness, breathing problems, vomiting. A blood test will determine whether your cat is infected.

What to do if your cat is infected?

If your cat is infected with FeLV it is not an automatic death sentence, your cat may live healthily for years before it develops another disease which will be life-threatening. Try to keep your cat indoors and away from other cats to stop it passing along the virus.

Need a Cattery in Brisbane?

If you are planning to be away from home and need to make use of a pet resort to look after your four legged friends, get in touch with Samford Pet Resort on (07) 3188 0934.


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