How Can You Tell If Your Cat Has FeLV?

Cats can get various diseases and viruses in their lifetime. One of the viruses it can get is the Feline Leukemia Virus or FeLV. Here are the signs that will show you if the cat has the virus:

  • Pale gums
  • Yellow-colored mouth and eyes
  • Lymph nodes become enlarged
  • Bladder infections
  • Infection in the skin surface
  • Infection in the upper respiratory system
  • Loss of weight
  • Lack of appetite
  • Poor appearance of the hair coat
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Feeling of lethargy
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Female cats becoming sterile

If you are bringing in a new cat, have her tested first for FeLV. This way, you will know if she is healthy or not. You will also be sure that you are not bringing any illness or virus in your home.

The virus can transfer to other cats by grooming, licking the hair coat, sharing food or water with an infected cat, sharing a litter box, or through a mother’s milk.

If your pet has been diagnosed with FeLV, ask your vet Sarasota, FL about treatment options that are available. 


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