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The Basics of Feline Leukemia Virus


The feline leukemia virus is a deadly virus that kills up to 85% of persistently infected cats within three years of diagnosis. The virus is highly contagious among cats and spreads primarily through the saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk of infected cats. The virus can live on the surface of an object for a few hours and can spread by sharing the same grooming supplies, water bowl, or other objects between cats. Cats that spend time outdoors or around other cats are much more at risk of contracting the virus. 


Symptoms of the feline leukemia virus include

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Breathing troubles
  • Yellow eyes and mouth
  • Pale gums
  • Poor coat condition
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal behavior


Unfortunately, there are no cures for the feline leukemia virus. Veterinarians will have to prescribe treatment options based on the symptoms as they appear. If a cat that has been infected with the virus and has been living with other cats, then all the other cats should be checked for the infection as well. There is a feline leukemia vaccine that you can ask your local vet about. Although it’s not considered a core vaccine, you can get guidance from your vet on whether it makes sense for your cat to get the vaccine.

Bring Your Cat To Veterinary Care Unlimited For Treatment 

It’s important to schedule regular visits to the vet so you can get your feline friend looked at. With consistent and frequent checkups, your vet will be able to determine the health status of your cat and provide guidance on whether any precautions may need to be taken. Veterinary Care Unlimited is committed to delivering high-quality patient care and exceptional customer service and would love to have your pet as our newest patient.

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