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Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline/Canine Friends provides sanctuary for many cats that have tested positive for Feline Leukemia  (FeLV).  FeLV is found in 2% - 3% of the cat population.  It is similar to FIV but with some differences, one of which is how it is transmitted between cats.  FeLV is transmitted from the cat's saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces or mother's milk.  This means that cats can pass it by mutual grooming, sharing food bowls or sharing litter boxes.  FeLV also weakens the immune system leaving FeLV positive cats susceptible to other conditions.  Cats that are carriers of the virus can live a long time.  After diagnosis, while most cats with FeLV only live about 4 years, there are some that live much longer.  Since it can spread so easily, cats that test positive for FeLV cannot live with other cats that do not have it.  For the same reason, FeLV positive cats should not be allowed to roam outside freely.   The best way to protect your cat is to keep him or her indoors.

The cats that are unable to be adopted stay with us for the remainder of their lives.  This can be costly.  Please help us provide for their care with a donation today. 

For more in depth information on FeLV go to:  www.bestfriends.org/theanimals/pdfs/catfelv.pdf

All of our cats have been tested for FIV and FeLV.


N8429 5th Ave. •  Westfield, WI 53964 - 1326  •  (608) 296-2000 •  felinecaninefriends80 [ at ] gmail.com