Feline Leukemia Related Questions
Has your cat been diagnosed with feline leukemia? Do you need to know if your other cats are susceptible? Feline leukemia is a retrovirus that only infects cats. When your pets are sick it is vital to get them the right treatment.
Experts can help answer questions about symptoms, complications, and treatments. Read below for similar questions that verified medical Experts have answered.
Are runny noses and bilateral eye discharge symptoms of feline leukemia?
Feline leukemia is an immunosuppressive virus so symptoms can be varied. Typically things that may be noticed are infections such as chronic secondary infections, anemia, or bone marrow suppression. The symptoms of runny nose and bilateral eye discharge likely points to an issue that is secondary to the feline leukemia. It is possible that the leukemia infection is allowing the secondary infection to thrive.
Should cats get leukemia vaccines if they are indoor cats?
Currently the American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends that all cats be vaccinated twice as kittens or when there are first acquired. This is believed to give the cat a good immune response. Following the initial two vaccines continuing on a schedule is optional based on the individual cat’s risk factors. Indoor cats decrease the risk but it is not eliminated.
Is it possible for one cat to not contract feline leukemia or feline aids from another cat that lives in the same house?
Feline leukemia and feline aids is two viruses that are different when it comes to their contagiousness. Of the two, feline leukemia is highly contagious and is very easily spread from cat to cat sharing the same household items such as food, water, litter boxes, etc. Just cozying up to each other or grooming each other can pass the disease. Feline aids is harder to spread. Typically, it requires a penetrating bite wound.
If a young cat is a carrier for feline leukemia does it need the leukemia vaccine?
Feline carriers of leukemia do not exist. There is no added benefit for a cat that is diagnosed with this disease to be vaccinated against it. There are many cases where cats (mostly kittens) that test positive for this disease but their bodies are able to clear the infection. If when tested again it shows negative then getting the vaccine would be a good idea.
If a feline leukemia positive cat has developed what looks like uveitis, does it require emergency treatment?
Uveitis is common in cats that have been tested positive for feline leukemia. The eye pressure should be checked to rule out glaucoma. This is not an issue that requires the emergency vet and can wait for an appointment with the regular vet.
Is there a cure for feline leukemia or is euthanasia the only option?
Feline leukemia does not have a cure as it is a viral condition. If a cat was diagnosed but appears healthy then euthanasia is not typical. If, however, the cat is already sick at the time of diagnosis then euthanasia may be highly considered.
What is the prognosis for a cat diagnosed with feline leukemia?
After the initial infection the average life span is 5-7 years. What is often seen is substantial weight loss and a gradual decline in health. Medical issues that normally respond to medication now are problematic. Infections can arise from this condition as well. Feline leukemia often leads to cancer or bone marrow failure.
Feline leukemia can be a concerning diagnosis for your cat. Complications as seen above can arise that prompt questions at varied times of the day or night. Experts can help answer questions about specific treatment regiments or dietary advancements that may help. Contact verified Experts so that you can have clarity about your cat’s leukemia issues.