FELINE LEUKAEMIA VIRUS (FeLV) INFORMATION

WHAT IS FeLV?
FeLV occurs worldwide and is a virus that suppresses a cat’s immune system.
HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
Via bodily fluid like nasal secretions, saliva, faeces, urine and blood.
Therefore it can be transmitted via direct contract, sharing litter boxes/food and water bowls, mutual grooming, fighting and from mother to foetus.
WHAT SYMPTOMS WILL MY CAT SHOW?
The symptoms can range from NO symptoms at all to….
– Weight loss
– Loss of appetite
– Thrifty coat
– Fever
– Pale gums
– Listlessness
– Occurrence of other infections e.g. skin, respiratory system
– Swollen lymph nodes
– Difficulty breathing
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAT HAS FeLV?
A simple blood test can be run at your vet to make a diagnosis.
WHICH CATS ARE MORE AT RISK?
– Kittens less than 1 year old
– Cats living with a FeLV-positive cat
– Outdoors cats
– Kittens born to FeLV-positive mothers
IS THERE A TREATMENT?
Sadly there is no treatment for FeLV. However, it is recommended that a good nutritional diet is fed along with a vet check up twice a year.
HOW DO I PREVENT MY CAT FROM BECOMING INFECTED?
– There is a preventative vaccination against FeLV. Although this is a
very good vaccination it isn’t 100% protective. Despite this we still
recommend vaccination.
– Do not bring FeLV cats/cats with an unknown history into your
household
– Stop your cat from roaming
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