Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsCancer · 1 decade ago

Anything about Feline Leukemia?

Does anyone know anything about Feline Leukemia if so thanks if not, can you look for facts.

If this is a waste of your time that's ok but if anyone would help that would be great and highly appreciated.


3 Answers

  • april
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a retrovirus, so named because of the way it behaves within infected cells. All retroviruses, including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), produce an enzyme, reverse transcriptase, which permits them to insert copies of their own genetic material into that of the cells they have infected. Although related, FeLV and FIV differ in many ways, including their shape: FeLV is more circular while FIV is elongated. The two viruses are also quite different genetically, and their protein consituents are dissimlar in size and composition. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused differs.

    Cats persistently infected with FeLV serve as sources of infection. Virus is shed in very high quantities in saliva and nasal secretions, but also in urine, feces, and milk from infected cats. Cat-to-cat transfer of virus may occur from a bite wound, during mutual grooming, and (though rarely) through the shared use of litter boxes and feeding dishes. Transmission can also take place from an infected mother cat to her kittens, either before they are born or while they are nursing. FeLV doesn't survive long outside a cat's body—probably less than a few hours under normal household conditions.

  • 1 decade ago

    Try the Cats Forum:

  • 1 decade ago

    Sorry this is the cancer section not leukaemia.

    You can search this on yahoo,google or even ask.

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