What Does FeLV & FIV look like?
Truth be told, it can look like a mid morning snack, an afternoon stretch, or a late evening game of peek-a-boo.
Cats at the greatest risk of FeLV or FIV infection are those that may be exposed to infected cats, either via prolonged close contact or through bite wounds. Such cats include cats living with infected cats or with cats of unknown infection status, cats allowed outdoors unsupervised where they may be bitten by an infected cat, and kittens born to infected mothers.
How do you know if your cat has fallen victim to either of these viruses?
Ask your Veterinarian for assistance in testing your pet. Most Veterinarians offer a Quick Idexx Snap test or Outside laboratory testing.
Reasons a cat should be tested
If your cat has never been tested.
If your cat is sick, even if it tested free of infection in the past but subsequent exposure can't be ruled out.
When cats are newly adopted, whether or not they will be entering a household with other cats.
If your cat has recently been exposed to an infected cat.
If your cat is exposed to cats that may be infected (for example, if your cat goes outdoors unsupervised or lives with other cats that might be infected). Your veterinarian may suggest testing periodically (yearly) as long as your cat is exposed to potentially infected cats.
If my cat test positive for either of the disease what does this mean for my cat and or cats if I have a multiple cat house hold?
How do I protect my pet from obtaining these viruses and ultimately developing these untreatable disease.* Both diseases can be managed medically although not completely resolved.
Contact your Veterinarian for additional education and vaccination specific to your pets needs and environmental challenges.