Feline Leukemia: What You Need To
Feline leukemia is
a contagious viral disease of cats. It is transmitted
through the saliva and nasal secretions of an infected
cat and infects only other cats. Feline leukemia
can cause tumor formation, bone marrow disorders,
immunosuppression, and many secondary diseases.
Most cats who develop a persistent infection die
from the disease within two years. Feline leukemia
is a disease found in Wisconsin as well as other
states, so your cat is at risk.
leukemia can be prevented! It is important that
you talk to your veterinarian about an appropriate
vaccination program. Another preventative measure
you should take is to not allow your cat to roam
outdoors, which could result in contact with a feline
leukemia positive cat.
The Wisconsin Humane
Society performs a feline leukemia screening on
all cats and kittens prior to adoption to ensure
that they don't currently have feline leukemia.
However, you should have your veterinarian retest
your cat in case of a recent infection.