Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus that infects cats. The virus is species specific and does not affect other animals or humans. Cats can possibly pass the virus between themselves
• through saliva and close contact,
• by biting another cat,
• through a litter box,
• or food dish used by an infected cat.
Kittens can be born with it, having contracted it from their mother.
Vaccination is recommended for early prevention in kittens and uninfected cats. There are treatments available for cats with FeLV, but there is currently no known cure for the virus. If not defeated by the animal’s immune system, the virus can be lethal.
The signs and symptoms of infection with feline leukemia virus are quite varied, and it is recommended to have your cat checked by a vet if you suspect your cat may have FeLV. Some signs could be loss of appetite and poor coat conditions.
The only sure way to protect cats is to prevent their exposure to FeLV infected cats.
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