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Home : Frequently Asked Pet Health Questions : D-E-F : FELINE LEUKEMIA FACTS : 


Feline Leukemia may affect the blood, internal organs, or form tumors.

  • Feline Leukemia is highly contagious from cat to cat.
  • It may be spread by licking, sneezing, fighting, sharing food bowls, or sharing litter pans.
  • It is estimated that 30% of all stray cats are infected today.
  • It is one of the major causes of death in cats today.
  • It primarily affects the cat by decreasing the resistance of the cat to
    Other disease. It acts very similar to the aids virus in humans.
  • Diagnosis is made by clinical signs and a blood test.
  • There is no successful treatment.
  • The virus does not live outside the cat's body over 2-3 days.
  • It is the closest related item to the aids virus of people known
  • Due to the seriousness of this disease, we highly recommend that
    All cats are vaccinated! Once the disease is contracted there is NO cure!
  • Research evidence to date shows no possibility that Feline Leukemia is
    Transmissible to humans.


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