Your cat is your best friend and constant companion, so it’s important to make sure that she lives a happy and healthy life. There are a number of medical conditions that can affect your cat, which is one of the reasons that vaccinations from your veterinarian are so important. Feline leukemia is one of the most common diseases in housecats, and can lead to death. Read on to learn more about feline leukemia and how it can affect your cat.
Feline leukemia is a transmittable virus that can damage a cat’s immune system. It can sometimes be hard to spot because not all cats with the disease will show symptoms. The virus can be in a cat’s bodily fluids including saliva, urine, feces, and blood, and can be passed through direct contact or even grooming. Cats who share a litter box can also spread the disease. There is a vaccination for feline leukemia, and most cats who are over three months old and otherwise healthy will probably not get the disease from other cats.
As mentioned earlier, it is possible for cats to have feline leukemia but not show any signs of the disease. There are a number of visible symptoms, including a loss of appetite, weight loss, and gums that are either pale or excessively red. You may also notice that your cat’s coat isn’t in good condition, or that they have frequent respiratory issues. Changes in behavior, seizures, and vision problems can all also be symptoms of feline leukemia, so visit your veterinarian if you are concerned.
Because there is no known cure for feline leukemia, prevention is essential in making sure your cat leads a healthy life. In addition to the vaccination, you can help prevent your cat from getting feline leukemia by keeping her inside and away from feral cats or others who could possibly have the disease. If your cat does contract feline leukemia, there are steps you can take to make her more comfortable.
Horizon Animal Hospital in Scottsdale offers comprehensive veterinary care for your pets. We treat your four-legged friends as if they were our own. Call us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment, and to address any concerns you may have about feline leukemia.
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