FeLV and the road ahead

By Connie Orcutt • Published: February 1st, 2018
Category: Animal Airwaves

If you know cats, the thought of yours being infected with the feline leukemia virus is likely to send chills up your spine. So, just what do you do if your feline friend develops the virus?

For starters, take a deep breath. Your buddy can still have a long life ahead. And first things first: your veterinarian will want to confirm the feline leukemia result, because any test has a margin of error.

If the positive test result is borne out, an otherwise healthy cat can still beat back the infection. Other cats may not be able to mount a defense, and they’re the ones who can die from the virus within several years.

As with any cat, provide yours with a healthy, stimulating, indoor routine. And make sure you keep on top of routine exams, while being on the lookout for signs of other infections.