The Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV, is the second leading cause of death in cats, especially those in feral colonies. This disease impairs the cat’s immune system and can lead cancer.
Kittens (or captured stray cats) should be tested. Symptoms vary, but might include persistent oral disease, lethargy and weight loss. Unfortunately, 85% of cats with FeLV die within three years of diagnosis.
If you have a FeLV-positive cat or kitten, they should not be allowed to socialize with other negative cats! If your kitten is FeLV-negative, your vet will discuss vaccination to help prevent the disease.
Remember, prevention is the best medicine!
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