Feline Immunodeficiency Virus / Feline Leukemia Virus

FeLV and FIV

Shaffer Veterinary Services in Crowley, Texas can help with FeLV and FIV. Both feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) can be transmitted from cat to cat through breeding and fighting, and from a mother cat to her kittens. Cats can be infected with either of these viruses for long periods of time before they show any signs, but both viruses can be fatal. Any new cat or kitten should be tested before bringing him/her into a household with other cats. We also recommend testing any cat that has been fighting. After being transmitted via a bite wound, FeLV and FIV may take up to 60 days to show up on a blood test.

Why is a Feline Leukemia Test Required Prior to Vaccination?

The feline leukemia virus has potential to be latent in a carrier cat without any signs of illness and this carrier state can persist for years. During this time, the cat is contagious and at risk for numerous problems. Many people want to skip the test to save money but it is very important to know if a cat is harboring this infection. Knowing that a cat is positive allows you to save money by not unnecessarily vaccinating for feline leukemia.

Further, if an owner is aware of a cat's positive status, the pet can be kept away from other cats, thus preventing the spread of the disease. An owner can prepare financially for expected treatments needed for this cat if the owner is aware of the positive status. We feel strongly that testing is very, very important whenever one obtains a new cat as a pet.

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