Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline Leukemia Virus6

Feline Leukemia occurs worldwide and is a very serious infection in cats. The infection is primarily spread through the saliva or urine of an infected cat following direct contact - mutual grooming, shared food bowls and litter boxes, and less commonly bite wounds. Kittens are especially vulnerable, and can contract the infection before or after birth from an infected mother. Persistently infected cats can appear healthy for extended periods of time before showing signs of illness. The virus attacks the cat's immune system, leading to immune suppression, increased risk of certain cancers, and bone marrow suppression.