If you know what to look for, you can find warning signs of FeLV, also known as FeLV. You can even take steps to prolong a cat's life when the disease is discovered in time.
What is feline leukaemia?
Feline leukemia virus is a virus that attacks cats. It can be detected in the immune system for months or even years before it starts causing problems. In fact, not every cat with the virus will develop feline leukemia. Some cats are just carriers, while others develop the disease. FeLV is very contagious.
The disease attacks cats in one of three ways:
Chest abdomen whole body
FeLV is the second leading cause of death for cats. It is responsible for at least 30 percent of malignant tumors in cats.
How does FeLV spread
Kittens and older cats are most susceptible to the virus. The virus is spread through the saliva of infected cats. This can be done by sharing food, water or beauty. Other ways the virus can spread include:
From fleas to mosquitoes share litter box bites and play with infected cats
Learn warning signs of feline leukemia
Warning flags vary according to their health and the location of the virus attack. Animals may have fever and swollen lymph nodes and some of the following symptoms.
When the virus enters the chest, it's easy to spot warning signs of feline leukemia. Your cat can develop coughs and other respiratory problems. She might laugh at the phlegm being produced. Wheezing is also common.
When the virus gets stuck in the abdomen, your cat may develop bloating and other signs of abdominal problems. Losing weight is common. There may be loss of appetite, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Changes in the cat's appetite are always a cause for concern. In FeLV's case, these dietary changes are often the primary symptoms of the virus.
Multicenter leukemia (when the whole body is affected) can manifest itself in many ways. Usually malignant tumors begin to grow in various parts of the body. The immune system stops working and your pet may start to develop various illnesses and general ill-health. She may show signs of lethargy, lethargy or personality changes. In addition, cats may have albinism in their gums, indicating anemia.
Know your cat
It is important to know your cat so that if there are dietary sleep or social changes, you will be aware of it. Sometimes feline leukemias appear suddenly, but many times they are gradual. When your cat changes gradually, they're harder to spot.
If you suspect you may be sick, take the cat to the vet as soon as possible. FeLV is diagnosed as a simple blood test, and it's the only way to determine if your cat is sick. The sooner your pet is diagnosed, the better chance she has of enjoying a long and happy life. Although FeLV is lethal, it can be extended by changing diet and taking veterinary medicine.
The warning signs of feline leukemia are subtle and sometimes difficult to read. If you have any concerns about your pet's health, you should take the cat to the vet for evaluation.