It is also important to make sure both cats have been tested for FIV, FELV, FIP.
Feline leukemia virus is also known as FeLV.
Two to three percent of all cats in the United States will get FeLV.
If this happens FeLV will not progress further, and the cat will effectively be cured.
You can protect your pet from FeLV by keeping her inside and away from other, possibly infected, cats.
You should always keep a new cat isolated from the other cats until it has been tested for FeLV and the results come back negative.
There is a FeLV vaccine that can be given to uninfected cats.
The vaccine gives some added protection, but it is still important to protect your cat from possible exposure to FeLV positive animals.
Testing for FeLV is done by blood tests that are sensitive to a component of the virus.
Two types of FeLV blood tests are in common use.
Enzyme-linked immunosorbant assy (or ELISA) test detects both stages of FeLV.
On average, a cat with this condition will live for two to three years with proper treatment for FeLV.
If your cat has been diagnosed with FeLV, you are probably wondering exactly what feline leukemia treatment entails.
Not only is your FeLV diagnosed cat in danger of serious health problems, any other cats in your household may contract the virus as well.
If your FeLV cat is not already sterilized, you should do so immediately.
Staph Protein A: This treatment has been known to put FeLV into remission.
The prognosis for cats with FeLV is not very promising.
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is another highly mutagenic retrovirus that can weaken a cat's immunity, much like FIV.
FeLV does not survive outside a cat for more than a few hours, but cats raised in cramped quarters can easily spread the virus.An important thing to remember about FeLV is that the virus occurs in two stages.
Neither FIV or FeLV are immediate death sentences, but they will severely affect your cat's quality of life.
Diseases such as Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Chlamydia and Feline Leukemia (FeLV) are often given to animals that are at least one year old and delivered on an annual or every third year basis thereafter.
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