Feline leukaemia

FELINE LEUKAEMIA is an infectious disease caused by the Feline Leukaemia virus (FeLV) which can damage the immune system or cause tumours in cats.

Feline Leukaemia is now the most common infectious cause of premature death in cats in the UK.

Studies have shown that up to 1 in 20 apparently healthy cats are infected with FeLV, and it has been estimated that two thirds of cats will have contact with an FeLV infected cat at some stage in their lives.

Infected cats spread the virus in urine, saliva, blood and other body fluids.

Any contact with an infected cat can result in infection, but the virus is most commonly spread by grooming, fighting, or sexual activity.

Although the virus does on occasions cause true leukaemia, on many occasions the effects are more related to suppression of the cats immune system.

However the good news is that there are now very effective vaccines against the virus.

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