Important facts all cat owners should know about Feline Leukemia and FIV

By December 18, 2014Blog

Never place a newly acquired cat or kitten into your home without first having it blood tested for feline leukemia and feline immunosuppressive virus.

The diseases are caused by a virus and there is no cure for Leukemia or FIV

They are only contagious between cats. People and dogs are not at risk.

FIV is commonly transmitted by fighting and mating

Feline Leukemia is very contagious, it can be transmitted just by hissing, grooming, and sharing water bowls

All cats should be vaccinated for Leukemia to keep them healthy

Cats that go outdoors, fight, are intact, have oral disease, or have abscess wounds are at a greater risk of infection

Felines with these infectious diseases can have little to no symptoms. Testing is the only way to know for sure if a cat is infected

All cats should be tested for Leukemia and FIV. Pet Vet has an in-house blood test will indicate a cat is infected

Any newly acquired kittens or cats from an outside environment, shelter, or adoption center should be isolated from other cats until testing is complete

Due to the many variables associated with these diseases, a consultation with one of our veterinarians is highly recommended.