WHAT IS FeLV?
FeLV is the Feline Leukemia virus and causes Immunosuppression in cats.
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
FeLV can be transmitted between infected cats where the transfer of saliva or nasal secretion is involved. It is most often contracted when one cat bites another, through a litter box or food used by an infected cat.
AM I AT RISK........OR MY DOG?
No. Overwhelming epidemiological evidence suggests FeLV is not transmissible to either humans or dogs. An infected cat biting another cat is the way the disease is usually spread.
WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF FeLV ON A CAT?
The disease has a wide range of effects. Most cats live a long life with no complications. The virus can inhibit a cat’s ability to fight off infection.
The cat can fight off the infection and become totally immune.
The cat can become a healthy carrier and never get sick itself, but can infect other cats.
The cat has a mid-level case and develops a compromised immune system.
HOW SHOULD FeLV CATS BE MANAGED?
HOW LONG CAN I EXPECT MY FeLV CAT TO LIVE?
Life expectancy is hard to predict. Most cats live long lives but each cat will handle the virus differently. With good care cats can live a normal life span.
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